Here in Cornwall, it's been stormy, blustery and rainy for weeks now. The opportunities for little walks in the countryside have been few and far between
Last Friday, though, we had a dry bright day and I walked three miles to my "local" garden centre, stopping to pick berries and leaves along the way. I picked bittersweet and pyrocanthus berries as I was interested to see if they would give any dye at all. I will share the results with you soon
By the time I got home, it was nice to get the kettle on, the stove burning and a little bit of knitting on my needles. I love life's simple pleasures ...
Oak leaves and oak apples from my walk on Friday
... Or let autumn fall on me
Where afield I linger
Silencing the bird on tree
Biting the blue finger
White as meal the frosty field
Warm the fireside haven
Not to autumn will I yield
Not to winter even!
Robert Louis Stevenson
Since Friday it's back to stormy, rainy and gloomy again so I decided to cheer myself up by sprinkling a little bit of Christmas around the house. I started with our bathroom which is decorated with white, cream and natural colours
... adding just a few little touches of Christmas ...
I like collections of seaside things - fish, fishing, boats, starfish and shells
I got the fishing card because my hubby likes to fish for mackeral and pollack in the summer. There is a little place he goes to just 15 minutes walk from our cottage
A fish fossil
Another fish - this is an original charcoal drawing that I bought in Padstow years ago
On another wall I have this "tasteful" print which I like
On the windowsill ... a polished agate inside a candle. I found the brown pebble on the beach, it had interesting textures and patterns
The crystal is Citrine which is thought to attract good fortune and abundance. Citrine is also believed to be a healing crystal encouraging self confidence, self belief, self esteem. It's emotional qualities are optimism, hope and warmth so it's a very nice crystal to have
Remember my story of removing the old cast iron bath ... well this is our new bath with the old taps and my other little display area. Hubby did all the work including the tiling
I put a St. Ives seagull feather in a frame
The bathroom is a very neutral, calming, peaceful place so long as I shut my eyes to one or two areas of unfinished refurbishment! We are getting there ... but renovations are shelved now until new year ... I just can't stand the mess at the moment so we are taking a break
Recently hubby made the door because we couldn't get one to fit. It needs to be painted yet, but the side of the door frame needs attention first because we had a touch of woodworm in just a small area but the whole frame had to come out bringing with it loads of rubble from inside the wall. Our cottage has cob walls (not much further on than "wattle and daub" but without the dung!)
I'm pretty easy going! I just let it all float over my head and concentrate on making the nice bits look pretty!
I'm on a tight budget this year and sticking to it! So I haven't bought any new decorations and I'm making most of my gifts and cards and, do you know what, I feel so much better for it! I'm enjoying a much simpler Christmas experience, taking more pleasure from picking holly, spraying twigs from the garden and making my own decorations. On that note, I thought these oak apples I found on my walk would look great painted gold, silver or white ...
So give to me the life I love ... a warm fireside haven
Thanks for reading my rambles. Oh, and in case you were wondering ... there is some RED coming soon! Have a happy day!