Now that I am retired I am quite content wearing comfy clothes and padding about barefoot!
The bar has been set very low as there are only the cats to impress...
Skinny jeans, a simple tee top in white are my "in house uniform."
The linen apron is a necessity as I am a messy messy cook.
Love this one by Now Designs.
The flooring in the kicthen is fir and has been patched and repaired and is cool underfoot.
I have an antique rug on the floor by the farmhouse sink as I spend hours doing the washing up.
I love gazing out the window above the sink...
it makes for a lovely opportunity to contemplate all that is good in life.
Trying out new recipes is great fun.
I do so love to cook for company and Mr. HB.
If I lived alone I think I'd dine on salads and eggs exclusively.
I used the Lemon Souffle recipe from the Best of Bridge.
It requires lots of whisking and stirring and that pairs perfectly with a CBC talk show on the radio to keep me company.
I used the trifle crystal bowl as the yellow lemony concoction is so pretty.
I'll be serving this with some chocolate brownies and fresh raspberries for dessert.
We have a small dinner party planned...
Time to wander about and pick some flowers for the house.
Jude the Obscure, my favourite David Austin rose is putting on a good show and there are many blooms to pick.
I love the chartreuse of the Lady's Mantle with the soft peachy yellow roses.
I usually have fresh flowers in the bathroom.
The cats can be quite pesky when it comes to deconstructing the bouquets.
but they usually avoid those installed in the powder room.
Thank goodness for small mercies.
I picked some fern fronds to pop in this antique claret jug.
No one I know seems to drink claret anymore...
sherry, port and wine seem to be more in favour.
If you look closely at our Humble Bungalow you'll notice that with age comes many imperfections.
Some parts of our home are looking very tired...scratches, dents, and blemishes and I often cringe when I see them but must accept that they are honest reflections of a 100+ year old home.
If I were to gaze at a 100+ old woman would I focus on her lines and wrinkles or would I see the sparkle in her eyes and the determination and sturdiness with which she carries herself despite the passage of time?
I've been toying with the idea of painting these chairs black.
I love black set against greenery and garden plantings.
These chairs are very worn and have quite a few years left in them so I think a coat of paint might be exactly what they need to see them through the next decade should they survive that long.
What colour would you choose to paint them?
Chester is up to his usual tricks...
a box or a bag left unattended quickly becomes a place to hide!
French classes are finished for the summer and I am reconsidering whether I'll be taking them again in the Fall.
I have discovered that there are classes in conversational French specifically for the traveller in Oak Bay.
I might investigate those and see if they are more to my liking as I have found the other classes a bit daunting.
Wore my pearls the other day with my Chanel "wanna be" jacket when I took Mother out last week.
I do dress up to go out and especially when I take Mother out...
I love this vintage pin with a genuine baroque pearl in the center.
It was a gift from my daughter and it seems to go well with this tweedy fabric.
Whenever I wear it I think of her...
Abkhazi Gardens and a vibrant orange azalea,
an image from the archives...
Abraham Darby has me thinking orange thoughts...
Hermes signature shade for their boxes.
Alas it's been too warm to wear my Hermes scarves...
or any scarf for that matter.
It's been too hot for Pepper too and she has a fur coat!
It's certainly gin and tonic weather....
a cool refreshing summer drink will find it's way into my hands later this evening.
after all the domestic chores have been completed...it's thirsty work.