Friday, 1 May 2009

That lusty month of May..............

"The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit. For, like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in like wise every lusty heart that is any manner a lover, springeth, burgeoneth, buddeth, and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May" (Sir Thomas Mallory, Morte d'Arthur,c 1470)

And who am I to argue?:)

May already, the year seems to be hurtling by; it'a a beautiful day here, so will be going otuside for the morning very shortly to amke the most of it. Hope the weekend is as good. There are several projects I want to get up and running by the end of the summer - build a brick oven and or clay oven; sort out the cabin so I can maybe sleep out there occasionally, make it a little self-sufficient hide-away; make a cold smoker; set up and run a charcoal burner. I'd really like to spend more time outdoors, so aim to do so this year. Will try and conquer my unease about the dark.......

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Making an entrance

At last, the painting in the front porch is complete, which I an very pleased about. It's a lovely shade of pink, which looks really nice in today's bright sunshine :) The only thing left to do is the floor, but that'll be MrL's department, taking up the old tiles and putting down slate ones to match the hall.
The coat rack came from the tip :) - it just needed a good clean up and a wax, and although one of the top rungs is slightly wonky, it's a great find a while back. I'll put a basket on the top for gloves, dog leads, etc, then there'll be umbrellas and coats on the pegs, with teh shoe rack underneath on the floor.The front door opens against this, so will hide it a bit if it does become a bit of a jumble. On teh other side, we bought a very nice piece of oak, which MrL cut to size, and I polished up with homemade beeswax polish - even the shelf smells lovely! I've put up my celtic blessing roundel there, and a jug of spring flowers, and spruced up my sampler which bears the sage wisdom of "Dull women have immaculate houses" LOL

Monday, 27 April 2009

Feast day of St Zita

I love these quirky Saint's days, this one being especially relevant to me LOL. St Zita is the patron saint of housewives, servants and bakers, and is sometimes invoked by people who cannot find their keys.

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I will be baking a cake in her honour later today, and doing some of the never-ending housework!!