A late Saturday night meant I needed a laid back Sunday. I wanted to feel cosy and do relaxing things that felt effortless.
Layers are the thing when I feel like that, loose, cool, comfortable.
Perfect for a bit of snipping and pruning.
I bought the dress, which had long sleeves, from eBay. After cutting them out and enlarging the armholes then finishing with bias binding, it’s perfect for days like these.
A loose linen top underneath and I felt so cosy. The dress has an asymmetrical hem which can’t be seen in the photo but in reality it makes it look more interesting.
Finished off with couple of silver necklaces to make it less severe, one of them I made;
beach glass and abalone shell with a silver feather on a silver hammered washer.
I realised though that I’ve now bought two loose, navy blue dresses in as many months. I don’t generally buy navy but then again a few years ago I realised that I’d managed to accumulate five grey knitted jackets and cardigans and I’m not drawn to grey either, so I put it down to my subconscious! Not sure what it’s trying to say though.
After picking flowers and harvesting beans, I relaxed with my favorite Sunday paper, The Observer, and a cup of coffee.
I put the flowers, including sprigs of Rosemary in the kitchen and they smelt lovely.
The tomatoes beside them ripening on the windowsill had to be picked whilst still green, there just wasn’t enough heat this summer to do it outside.
I made some piccalilli, the ingredients;
included an oversized courgette (from garden), lots of onions, chopped finely, soaked overnight on Saturday, sprinkled with salt then strained.
To which I added pear and apple, finely chopped (from the garden), then simmered, together with a couple of tablespoons of sugar.
Then I added a mix of herbs(1tablspoons turmeric, 2 tablespoons mustard powder, 2 teaspoons mixed spice) and cornflower, which were then mixed with apple cider vinegar to make a paste;
I cooked it for half an hour, then bottled it in sterilised jars.
It needs to mature but I left a dish in the fridge to try and its lovely and tangy and can only improve with time.
All this harvesting makes me aware that summer is almost over. What summer? You might well say. However, with a couple of holidays, and tickets to see Jinkx Monsoon and Lady Gaga coming up I’m not too sad and contrary to that glum end of summer feeling, a benefit of this year is that the weather has been so wet that it doesn’t feel like a change of season much at all. It’s 14 degrees and pouring down here today.
I feel so sorry for the people whose homes have been/ are being destroyed by hurricane Irma and it makes me grateful that if I step outside all I’ll get is wet.
Whatever you are up to over the next few days, I hope you have a good week.