I've got a few things to waffle on about but I'm in a bit of a hurry to get back to a book I started reading yesterday. It's by Miss Read and is called 'The School at Thrush Green':
Man, I LOVE these books. They are all slim little novels and the stories revolve around life in a Cotswold village. They were written in the 1950s. The stories are so simple and old-fashioned, nothing much happens, but the imagery is lovely and I adore the words that Miss Read uses. Here's a snippet:
"The rumbustious January weather continued for the rest of the week, and the inhabitants of Lulling and Thrush Green were as tired of its buffeting as the rest of the Cotswold villages were. But on Saturday morning the wind had dropped, and a wintry sun occasionally cast a gleam upon a thankful world. Miss Watson and Miss Fogerty agreed that the weekly wash would benefit from a spell in the fresh air, and Agnes was busy pegging out petticoats, night-gowns and other garments when she was hailed by a well-known voice on the other side of the hedge. It was her old friend Isobel, wife of Harold Shoosmith, who lived next door."
Ah! Nice and simple, cosy, reading. Lovely.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post about the wonkiness of the house. I have decided to embrace the wonkiness *punches fist in air* and have set about decorating the dresser. I won't do a proper 'big reveal' (!) of the dining room until it's properly finished but let me tell you that things are moving along nicely. I've been hanging a few hearts, for starters...
My china collection continues to grow. I picked up this little Meakin jug (with the blue tits) last week. I found it on a vintage china stall. I love it and find myself liking it even more every time I see it. There were matching teacups and saucers and a slightly larger jug on the stall too. So wish I'd bought them.
Oh, and the new fridge has been delivered! It only arrived on Friday and I've already turned into a fridge Hitler. Every time the husband opens the fridge door I practically pounce on him to make sure that the item he is replacing has been put in exactly the right place with the label facing out. He must find me trying at the best of times but I think this is going to finish him off if I don't get a grip.
Before I go there are a couple of things I wanted to mention.
Firstly, a huge thank you to a fellow bloddie, Louise, at Tea at Weasel's for giving me a 'Versatile Blogger' award. I'm thrilled!
Louise is new to blogging but I can already tell that I'm going to enjoy dropping by her blogspot to catch up on her news.
I can't think of any interesting facts about myself so I thought I'd list seven things that I'm loving right now:
1. Stocking up on Autumn/Winter clobber. Knitted dresses, slouchy jumpers, knitted harems, leg-warmers and snoods have all been purchased, amongst other things. Still on the hunt for the perfect pair of winter boots, though.
2. Reading cookery books and drooling over the hearty stews and soups I'm going to make this year.
3. Drawing the curtains and lighting the woodburners.
4. Working on my giant granny square blanket.
5. Booking a big family summer holiday next year to a house in the French countryside.
6. Thinking about Christmas cake baking and decorating.
7. Scouring the charity shops, eBay and vintage fairs for pretty china.
Another thing I'm loving is thinking about what I might make for Lynda's Handmade Christmas Decoration Swap!
I haven't participated in a swap before so I'm really excited! If you fancy joining in, pop over to Hookin' with LaaLaa and sign up here. Go on, it'll be fun.
I think that's it from me. Stories of two elderly schoolteachers await me.