Bringing the colours of Botswana to Rutland, 1.new teal mugs by Le Creuset 2. Dresser revamped with a little help from Dulux Velvet Touch 1 3. Interesting ingredients cooked by The Aristocrat 4. Feta, chorizo and pea tart by Mr Ferrari 5. The Hound has reached new levels of devilment.
The Mother Hen has been in hospital after an accident, but is thankfully on the mend, and will doubtless get better sooner if she rests as instructed!!
monkfish and octopus salad with a garlic vinaigrette, bread and butter and a knife and fork. It was perfection, sadly he has had to do actual working today, so i have had a horrible sandwich from Tesco, and far too many Extreme chocolate bites from M&S. I am now craving red meat. If you ordered flowers for your Mummy in Stamford, he might be the one to deliver them, sorry ladies you can't request him, it is all done on routes and planned to the last house - supposedly.
pairs of scissors, 18 pens and 2 small children - perhaps they are under all this?
recommend it for amusement value alone.
I have just sold one of my favourite pots of bulbs, thankfully to a very lovely regular customer who will treasure it's quirkiness, and fill it with our flowers throughout the year.
These local tulips open out like peonies
I have eaten a Caramac bar for my breakfast.
remember the stereo next to the fireplace?, and the old tape recorder we used to record the charts from the radio?xoxo
The Hound has had an air of defiance about him all day. It has taken 2 large pieces of cheese, 1 jar of peanut butter, and 3 slices of bacon to encourage him to take his worming tablets and he has traipsed nearly all the soil from the garden into the house. Taking him to dine on smoked salmon with The Aristocrat has only temporarily placated him.
He is now reclining on the chaise lounge reading a biography of Michael Schumacher which he seems to have mysteriously acquired yesterday.
Over the last few days I have been lucky enough to eat good food in the presence of great people.
Over one dinner we discussed our favourite meal. I have found mine to vary depending on my mood. This week it is Pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain, moving from bar to bar eating little morsels. The photograph above of said town is by Mr Emmerich, a very talented photographer friend of mine, it hangs in my sitting room.
The Hound always replies with roast chicken and butternut squash. He is a creature of habit.
We will be using the best quality spring flowers, (a lot of them locally sourced) with our signature roses, and gardeny foliage.
Pretty in Pink - from the pale vintage to the bright fuchsia
Crocodile Rock - For those like Mr John who prefer a palette of white
Lady Chatterley- the gardeny one, a mix of roses and spring flowers combined with herbs of rosemary, lavender, myrtle and sage from the garden at the shop, or Miss P's garden or that of the garden of the Mother Hen (a great place to be let loose with a pair of secateurs)
Be Bold - for those who prefer more colour a mix of burgundy, orange and red.
Once a year we throw open the door, and allow the birds of paradise to fly in, they stayed only briefly before setting off for Oundle. Last year we escorted them to a wedding where they rested atop vases and danced to a steel band. Who knows where they may head to next year? It will be next year before they are seen again.
I heard this song this morning, and remembered what a fabulous video it was, I am terrible fond of an impromptu tango, and riding in the back of a convertible with Alan Rickman. The Hound doesn't share my enthusiasm and has been grumpy all day, one of my customers has declared it to be "A man thing". Also my name isn't Louise.
Heston Blumenthal's Victorian feast on channel 4 was fabulous. Any man wanting to make a real life version of the "Drink Me" Potion is worth paying attention to. Who else would even think to make the mythical aperitif of toffee, hot buttered toast, custard, cherry tart and turkey? Or a mock turtle soup pocket watch? The mix of alchemy, gastronomy and Victorian titillation was enthralling. Next week Medieval feast - can't wait.