That's the thing about working from home, distractions. It's oh so easy to stop work and have a break. I've been working from home for over twelve years now, so I've mostly got the 'break' thing under control. The simple answer when people ask me how I keep motivated at work is this, if I don't do my work, I don't get paid, and I can't afford not to be paid, my yarn addiction would not be the smallish problem it is at the moment, it would be my ruin.
Some days it is harder to buckle down and get on with work. Hot sunny days are the worst, when the garden is full of roses, (they are particularly good this year, there's a real bonanza of flowers), when it looks so pretty and inviting, and it's just the right temperature for sitting out, with a cup of tea and my knitting. Today was one of those days. We've been treated to heat, sun and happy birds all day, and I wish these photos of my knitting and cup of tea in the garden represented reality, but unfortunately the deadline to finish the book I'm working on is looming, and I'm nowhere near finished, so I have been shackled to my desk most of the day.
I said the garden has a lot of roses blooming this year, but in these photos, you can't see the roses I'm growing, they're all over to the left of the garden, which gets the most sun.
I must show you one rose which has just started to flower, she's a beauty.
This is the rose 'Lady of Shalott', above, aren't her flowers beautiful! I bought her from David Austin, after seeing her introduction, when I watched the Chelsea Flower Show on t.v, in 2009. She's meant to be good at resisting disease, and flowers profusely I understand. I shall have to wait and see on both counts, as the summer progresses.
Over the last few years I've grown to love yellow roses, which is strange, as I used to dislike them. I can pinpoint exactly when I started to change my opinion of them. I heard that Kate Spade always has a bouquet of them on her desk. I love the style and colours of Kate Spade, so when I heard she has to have them on her desk at all times, I stopped to think about this little fact. I imagined lots of yellow flowers in a perfect dome shape (in one of those low round bowl-like vases), and I pictured them set against chalky pink, duck-egg blue, grey chalk or a 50's soft green. And the effect of this imagining made me think I had been judging them unfairly.
I love pink roses too, but there's something about yellow roses. And I quite like that I opened myself up to liking them, I like having my perceptions changed.
Oooh, is that the time! It's time I got going to my Wednesday night knitting group. I'd better dash. See you Friday, fingers crossed, I'll have started on the fair isle bit of my dress. Love Vanessa xxx