Saturday, June 30, 2012

what a week!

Last Sunday was spent packing up china etc, and taking pictures etc off the living room and kitchen walls as we had a painter coming to paint the bathroom and the ceilings in the hall, kitchen and living room.  The furniture was all pushed into the centre of the room and put in other rooms too, then covered.  Not at all a good look.  Monday dawned freezing cold, wet and with a severe weather warning, undaunted our painter arrived and got a lot of work done in the bathroom. Tuesday dawned bone chillingly cold,  is this a good time to mention that we were unable to light the fire as the kitchen living room was shrouded in taped down plastic from the ceiling to the floor!!!!! I came home from work early as the snow and hail was getting very deep in Invercargill, the painter was sure he would have the 2 coats of ceiling paint on and the plastic gone by evening....but due to the cold it hadn't dried and the next coat of paint would have to be applied Wed!!!!!  Man of the house had left for a meeting in a heated building with a roast meal provided.
 After shimmying on the floor to the fridge and opening the door enough to extract the pot of soup....  ( I am sure the air in the fridge felt warmer than the living room!!!) ....the tricky bit was then getting enough of a gap in the plastic to put the soup in the microwave...mission accomplished ... puffa jacket on and into bed, still pretty cold, hood on...that's better! hotty filled even better....lots of snow outside..usually this is fun!  Wed morning the lovely painter arived early and the final coat of paint put on... the fire was lit post haste and the day improved!!!

There are no snow photographs and there was no frolicking in the snow we were too busy thawing out and basking in the warmth of a cosy, if very messy, living room!!
I did feel a bit like the little person in the above picture...its from a lovely childrens book

In the midst of this challenging weather the Herb Society I belong to had its annual mid-winter dinner.  The theme was Italy as one of the members was to speak on her recent trip to that sunny clime. A friend and I were asked to do the display and table arrangements.As there isn't a lot around  in the garden at the moment and I have a large bay tree we decided to do lemons and Bay leaves.

The arrangements have come home and are quite cheery.

NB newly painted walls

I had some tiny terracotta pots and just surrounded a lemon with the bay leaves as tiny table decorations, with some slightly bigger pots interspersed.

Thursday I washed down the living room walls.

Friday 2 coats of paint on the living room walls.  ( same colour as before!)

Saturday washed all the china, polished the furniture, washed the floors and put everything back in their places....sigh...clean shiny and fresh!

Sunday  ....realax and make lemon cordial with some of the lemons from the  table arrangements that I havent got room for here.

This is a lovely refreshing drink, lovely cold in the summer with added water or lemonade, and lovely hot in the winter.

The recipe   LEMON CORDIAL

Mince 2 oranges and 2 lemons  ( in the food processor not too fine) skin and all!

Add 1 kg of sugar dissolved in 2 litres of boiling water.

add the minced up fruit to the sugar and water and leave overnight.

Strain through a sieve and add 30grms of citric acid.

Bottle.   You can put this in plastic bottles and freeze it if you wish.

I have a friend returning from an overseas trip this week so will make some for her and put it with a lemon and bay arrangement in a pot as a welcome home gift.

The only crafty activity I got up to this week was last Sunday night I made a magazine case - friends and I swap books and other bits and bobs, as friends do. A couple of years ago I made some bags, 2 of the same fabric for a couple of friends and myself.  We have one each and anything that is for the other goes into it and then we swap, much easier than having little piles of 'must remember to give so and so that' etc.  The scheme works well for us!!!  Anyway another friend and I swap just magazines so to keep favourite magazines from getting tatty in transit I made a case out of stash material.

Monday night at patchwork I sewed more 9 patch blocks. This week is last night of the term so hopefully will get more done. 

And now the sun is shining the house is tidy and I think some fresh air would be a fine idea.

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