The garden has been slow to wake up this year. It's been looking a bit dishevelled. Like a little old man with a five o'clock shadow. But then May came, the skies turned blue, the sun shone and all the roots and shoots and blossoms began to grow. The garden seems all fresh and new again...Well nearly.
I've been reading: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, that makes me want to visit a Finnish island. Re-reading, The Russian Master and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov and dreaming about beautiful 19th century muslin dresses. I'd forgotten how passionate and romantic and perfect for Spring his stories are. And An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler, recommended by Tracey at Clover. How well she seems to know me. It suited me down to a T. Thank you.
It's making me do things a little differently, like roasting broccoli. Something I've never done before. In olive oil with a little garlic and salt and pepper. Then serving with peanut sauce that's much lighter than my usual coconut milk one. The sauce was recommended too, by Karen of Pumpkin Sunrise. It's lovely and zesty with the juice of an orange and lemon. I added warm chick peas to the broccoli and ate with a simple salad of radish and red onion, dressed with lime.
I used my new sweet enamel jug. A gift from sister P,whilst reading card from sister J after carrying shopping home in bag made by sis B...I must takes some photo's and show you. She makes the most beautiful bags.
I bought the Lida shawl pattern from Quince and Co and because it's ages since I've knitted any lace, I practised the pattern with a remnant of yarn. It seems easy so hopefully shouldn't take too long to make. (Famous last words...)
And I've been downloading the most beautiful photographs. I had an unexpected trip to an amazing museum...that inspired so many drawings and makes me want to make lots of beautiful clothes...I'll share the photo's later.
...the weather forecast is good and the bank holiday weekend and visitors beckon. Hopefully I'll have time to dash to the yarn shop before they come...
Hope the sun shines for your weekend too....