Thursday, 17 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Now - I fondly remember Disney's Jiminy Cricket and hadn't realised that The Tales of Pinocchio were actually written in 1883. Had you? Thank goodness for Wiki. The Mazzanti illustrations aren't quite that of the round faced friendly green cricket that we've come to know and love.
Fortunately when I went back to check on him an hour later, he'd merrily hopped off.
Now. There are times, usually when I'm recounting these random tales to my colleagues, when it feels as though I inhabit Gerald Durrell's world. I never know whether it's a case of us truly being surrounded by a fantastic menagerie, or if it's just that others don't notice. We don't live in the heart of the countryside, but we are fortunate enough to back onto the gardens of some larger houses who, in turn, back onto the grounds of some even larger houses. A faraway tree is a plot away and appears to provide a home to owls, magpies, crows, blackbirds, woodpeckers and numerous other critters. Mr M has stumbled across deer on the way back from the gym - neighbours have them trundle through their gardens, and Miss P's tick issue a while ago (her new anti-tick collar is AMAZING!) proved that point. We've not yet come across the grass snakes or adders that apparently enjoy the gardens of the houses opposite us, but we are used to rehoming toads. Miss P and the mousetraps in the garage help with the small rodents that scurry about. And, I must confess that there are times when I want to throttle the machine gun squawking of the parakeets - similar in pitch to the piercing scream of a car alarm. Maybe it is just us, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
*Not for us. Thank goodness. Can you imagine? 3 months of Glastonbury-style living - dire.
Monday, 7 July 2014
Sunday, 6 July 2014
So, a super quick round up of the week just gone by -
We've started making a huge cous cous salad each Sunday evening for the week - lunches and dinner. Super easy, cheap dinner cheat
Currently listening to Ed Sherran's new album X
Having fun with a dash of RSI and a strapped up wrist
Loving blue nail varnish - Loafer Love For You by Rimmel
Finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - just brilliant
Started Inferno by Dan Brown - jury is out currently, huge font type
I went to an aqua class
Met Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans - humbling
Potted on scabious and frothy things, and relocated some teeny sedum and house leeks in advance of the wall renovations
I set up a twitter account @thedomesticnov - requires a new phone!
Picked sweet peas every other day for my beautiful new vase
Had five hours of heart in mouth sport today - first the British Grand Prix and then the tennis
Ignored the clean washing that needs folding and put away
Enjoyed eating beans and little yellow squash grown in our own little garden
Had a week off chocolate, cake and biscuits - I survived
Normal service will resume this week. Hope you had a lovely weekend.