New year – etc etc

08/01/2018 § 2 Comments

I did manage to stay up to see in the New Year – mainly to keep the collies company when the neighbours’ fireworks lit up the night sky.  It was quite a display!  Misty, these days is an old lady of 13 and was blissfully unaware of any of the bangers as she’s quite deaf.  She used to have a bit of a bark at fireworks but in her quiet world it’s always peaceful, and she actually seems much happier and less anxious as a result.

Belle is now the main lookout and thinks she’s taken over as Chief of Defence, but she’s not as defensive as Misty used to be and instead of barking at the doorbell, comes running to tell me that I need to do something.  It’s very amusing – she’s an intelligent and sensitive companion who reads me like a book though I have caught her napping on duty a couple of times recently …

Belle’s favourite ‘perch’ is on the back of the old sofa by the front window – it’s covered in throws and cushions and she just loves it up there.

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Misty, meanwhile, gazes at me asking “What’s going on?”

The rug is new – a sale buy in Laura Ashley as was this …

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an ex-display bargain and Belle WILL NOT be allowed on it.  I have to collect it next month when they rearrange their showroom and I can’t wait.  Maybe I should do some dog-training in the meantime!

My motto this year was an easy one to decide upon.  Last Autumn I stopped off  at the Tavistock Pannier Market on my way to Cornwall.  As always, the talented Emma West’s stall drew me and I bought a porcelain tile – it really did sum up how I feel about life these days and I’ve decided to adopt it as my motto for this year …

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I love the combination of textured linen, the stitched sentiment and the cool crisp porcelain – I keep it on my kitchen dresser.

In an attempt to be kinder to my insides as well, I often start the day with a smoothie.  This morning’s consisted of a banana, a pear, persimmon, a good inch of ginger root,  beetroot and orange juice and a generous handful of oatmeal for extra fibre …

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One of these fills me up as a breakfast for much longer than toast or boxed cereals.  If I’m going out then I usually have porridge with fruit on top which keeps me fuelled for even longer,

I saw in the New Year having (with minutes to go) finished a 2nd corner to corner blanket – it’s Strawberry Moon II made with the same Sirdar Aura that my original Strawberry Moon was made with in Cornwall last year.  I’ve since added a simple border to each blanket.  The 2nd one is a present but I won’t say for whom just yet, though I suspect she can guess!

For SMII I used just the pink and dark red colourway whereas in mine I added a blue colourway too – to remind me of the Cornish sea.  I’ve had a daily fix of my beloved Porthleven thanks to a webcam that’s been installed at a local holiday cottage company.  It’s here if you fancy seeing what the tide’s doing.  I was pleased to see that the snowman with paddle arms survived our recent Storm Eleanor.

I’m off out for a jaunt now.  Next week I hope to bring you photos of the garden and some snowdrops and catkins – I can’t believe how nature springs back into action after a winter’s snooze – maybe we should all follow her lead, whilst being kind to ourselves!

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