This week's Nature in the Home: Garlands.
You know I already have a few pine cone ones around the place (and am seriously considering spraying them gold). But I like the little leaves that light up otherwise grey, bare shrubs. So today I went for a wander with Joe. And this time I remembered my secateurs so no thumb injuries ensued.
I cut some more greenery to replace the frazzled stuff I collected a week or two back. Joe kept trying to grab it from under the pram but his mittens put a stop to that.
We spotted a few bits of colour. It was a chilly day and the sun was very low in the sky so we were glad to get home for some cheese on toast.
Anyway, while Joe crayoned - on the table, as it turned out - I stitched some tiny leaves and berries together and strung them up. They looked nice in the afternoon light. I doubt they'll last very long but they only took a few minutes to make - and I enjoy scouting around for new things to decorate the house with.
I've got a busy hour or so planned. Jay's brother is coming over when he finishes work so there's lamb in the oven (coated with yogurt and cumin). I'm going to do chickpeas with coriander, parsley and feta - you make a flavoured oil with red onions, chilli and garlic to pour over it, recipe from here.
There are a few houseworky things to get done then a nice relaxing evening ahead. Maybe a drink but then again, I was out last night for festivities with my colleagues from the shop so maybe not.
Oh, and here is the plate I won from Polly. It arrived in one piece and is very sweet. Thanks, Polly!
I'd just like to thank you all for your lovely comments recently. They've been extremely helpful and I appreciate them all. More importantly, I hope they've maybe helped one or two others who find themselves in similar situations.
Nothing like sharing experiences and wisdom, is there?