On the left, a detail on one of two plates I saw in the window of a charity shop, and had to buy. And on the right, a little indulgence from when I was in a Cath Kidston shop before Christmas last year, a little pencil case/cosmetic bag, the pattern of which gives me an enormous amount of pleasure, it's just gorgeous. Provencal Rose the pattern's called.
The plate : 59 pence. The bag, I think about a fiver, probably less, I can't quite remember.
Relative to how much I spent on these things, I'd say I've done enormously well on the amount of happiness their patterns have brought me. Just goes to show, it's not always about how much you spend, is it?
Like flowers from the garden, or pretty weeds, in a jam jar, cost nothing, and they always make me want to do a happy little hop and a skip.
Pebbles collected from the beach, their beauty gives me a lot of joy.
This is going to start turning in to a list, and I suspect that once I get going, I'll find it difficult to put a lid on my list of happy little things, so I think I'll stop before I really get started.
I was just having a look on google, to see if I could find out more about this pattern.
You may have noticed the bit of knitting on display, under the plates, in one of the above photos?
Yes, indeedy, that is my knitting, I'm currently working on.
To have these on my desk whist I'm working ............... well, it feels special, to have such beautiful blooms near me. The sky has been a deep dark grey all day, and the house feels and looks dark too. These dark sky days can be difficult, but having some searing crimson red flowers sitting nearby whilst I work, has helped the day to feel quite nice.
That has to be a good example of "mind over matter", don't you think. That's a phrase my dad used to use with us a lot when I was a child, and it's stuck with me, along with "you've got nothing to lose by trying". They should probably teach these two phrses in schools!
Shall we return to the knitting then?
I've now knitted three panels for the skirt section of the dress I'm knitting, and have started on the fourth. It will be good to get these finished, I have to admit. I knew it would get tiresome knitting all four panels at once, but I always like to save the best till last, and I think knitting the striped top section of the dress will be more fun than knitting the one colour skirt part.
Here's a photo of the dress I'm knitting, just incase you haven't seen it yet:
I've started to lose a bit of my original bouncy joy at knitting these panels. I can do 'long-distance' knitting, but now the end is in sight, I just want this part to be done. "It's all in the mind" as my dad would say. I need to get a grip for this last section of the marathon.
Hugo is away till Sunday, he's sailing with a group of people, on the West coast of Scotland.
It's very quiet around here without Hugo (he left on Thursday afternoon), and there's no getting out for walks with the doggies, because Ellie has kennel cough (as diagnosed by the vet on Thursday), and has to be kept indoors, with Douglas, who doesn't have it yet, but may well catch it, as kennel cough is highly contagious. My neighbour and I are trying to stop them from getting bored by taking it in turns to have them every few hours! Poor things, no walkies, life is going to seem incredibly dull and frustrating for them I imagine! We think Ellie picked up the kennel cough on one of their walks.
I miss Hugo a lot, but at the same time, it's giving me lots of work time. This morning I managed to sleep over the alarm, because I didn't have my customary second wake up call, in the form of Hugo with a cuppa. It's a radio alarm, and I put it up very loud, because I've started to sleep through it in the mornings lately, but normally Hugo makes sure I'm awake. The radio really was pretty loud, it's amazing I didn't wake up till 9:30. I'l try turning it up full volume tonight!
I do love my red anemones.
Have a good weekend, my dear readers, see you on Monday. Cheerio. Love Vanessa xxx