This Week

Hi there. It's been a quieter week in the Birdie household, but a nice one. I'm loving these long, unplanned summer days. We like to just go with the flow and see what the weatherman brings us. And recently it's not been great, with many a shower and some windy conditions hitting our shores. But we've still been out and about, with visits to our local nature reserve, swimming at our Victorian baths and lunches in our favourite new cafe.

I've also spent a little time pottering in our home and garden. Sometimes it's good to have a shift around of art and plants. From the bedroom I brought down my Beci Orpin wall hanging and popped it on the wall above our sideboard, I love how the colours work well with all my plants. And I'm really astonished how I've managed to keep all my houseplants alive, usually it's a plant graveyard. I did find a fantastic tip for using cold ground coffee on my jade plant and it does seem to be working wonders! In my Decorators Notebook frame I've filled it with a pressed fern and a fuchsia from the garden. They seem to work well against the blue wall.

Our garden table fell apart on me a few months ago and I was going to get rid of it and buy a new metal set. But after being inspired by a courtyard garden in Norfolk I decided to try and repair it and give it a lick of grey paint. We had some leftover Farrow and Ball Downpipe eggshell from when we painted the front door, so I used that for the table and chairs. And what a transformation. I love being back outside in the garden with a coffee and a good book to read.

Finally, thank you so much for all your fantastic comments about my #sideview project. I'm trying to be braver and I posted a 'selfie' of Harry and I at the Nature Reserve. Yes, I have lines under my eyes but I'm learning to love them. I prefer my #sideview of my blue shirt though.

Have a good week all. x

This week I have been:

Reading: The Accidental by Ali Smith. A beautiful, yet haunting novel set in Norfolk.
Coveting: a bolga basket from Housekeeping Store, although sadly they are all sold out.
Eating: this pizza by Anna Jones and taken from her new book, A Modern Way To Eat, which is an outstanding vegetarian cookbook.
Watching: The Honourable Woman. This is the best television show I've seen all year. Maggie Gyllenhaal is incredible and the plot takes so many twists and turns. I'll be gutted when it's over. If you've missed it then all the previous episodes are available on the BBC I-Player.