They say that as you get older time appears to pass more quickly because a day, an hour, a year, is a smaller proportion of your life. At 10 a year is a tenth of your life, at 80 it is an eightieth. Makes sense really doesn't it.
Before any more time passes I will move swiftly on to this weeks Five On Friday.
Baking! Always a fun thing to do. I made some Pumpkin and Sage Quickbread using this recipe which I had cut out from a magazine years ago and had stuck into my own recipe book. I can confirm that it is delicious and is of course the most perfect recipe to bake in my Nordic Ware Pumpkin Patch tin! A pretty perfect combination I think.
Our bedroom decorating isn't finished yet, which is why I haven't revealed anything to you. I have done a little windowsill arranging though after I moved things around in the living room for my autumn decorating. Gosh, it is a never ending round of moving ornaments. Next year I am not going to move things about so much.
Two little birds and a candle - that is actually dark blue not black as it appears here! - make a pretty arrangement. Oh, and don't worry, we do have another window that doesn't look out onto a brick wall!
My Christmas Cactus is doing really well! It has got loads of fat buds coming on it and I am thrilled to see them! There is only one downside. It is on a windowsill on the stairs and because it is doing so well I am loathed to move it in case it doesn't like it. So I only see it when I go up and down. You can just seem me dragging visitors halfway up the stairs to look at it can't you.
This is more of a shift change in thinking. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. I wonder if that is why I have had a headache! It is about blogging. I took a few days off recently, and oh gosh it was liberating in a way that I didn't think it would be.
I had got myself into this cycle that I had to post every day, except Saturday when Five On Friday runs over - it goes until tomorrow evening if you want to join in! I would write my posts and schedule them to appear at 7 am every day and would fret if I didn't have them done. I made sure that when we were going away I had posts already written and lined up ready to go.
Silly really. Anyway, I took the break and you didn't all run off screaming and I realised that it was OK! I could post or not and you would be there and I wouldn't fall to bits either. So you might not have noticed, but I have changed! Sometimes I will still schedule posts - such as this one, I wasn't up just before 6 am waiting to press publish. I wrote it yesterday afternoon. If you are reading this just after 6 am I am still asleep!
Instead, I will write posts as and when I want to. At the time of day I want, and if I skip a day, well that is fine too!
One other thing - which I fretted over more than anything and which I realise you will all think is even sillier - is that I have, I am afraid, stopped commenting on every single one of your posts and replying to all of the reply bloggers. I probably still comment on most posts and will also reply to most replies, and those of you who only post occasionally will probably still see me in your comments all the time, but if you are more prolific like me, I might skip commenting occasionally. I will still read though because I love to read what you are up to!
I will of course always continue to answer questions if I possibly can either directly or in the comments.
It takes a while for me to figure things out, but I get there in the end. Better late than never as they say and I feel so much better for it. Don't feel that you have to tell me that this is all OK and that I am a silly thing, I already know! Thank you though!
OK back to less serious things! Or in some ways actually on to something more serious.
You all know - yes I know, I go on about it ad nauseam - that I work in a historic house. Well, I love it, but one of the things that stresses me out - the only real thing in fact - and the thing that stresses everyone else out too is when visitors touch things.
Mostly they do it without even realising and I bet that I do it occasionally too and never realise. Some people though deliberately touch things and that makes us all crazy! It isn't so much because we think that anyone will steal something or break it. It is actually worse in a way. No matter how clean your hands are, you leave things behind that leave dirty marks, oils that attract the dirt and gradually things just wear away.
Case in point is this lovely pink chair. The top of the cover is so worn where victors lean on it all the time - many times a day. It has had some repairs, but they are now wearing and the top of the cover is also very grubby now.
So a solution was needed. They called upon me! How kind and how gratifying. I have been asked to make two shawls that can be draped on the furniture, protecting the delicate areas and at the same time looking as though the lady of the house has just come in and dropped them there.
I made this shawl a couple of years ago, but it is too short of me. So I never wear it. So I have donated it to protect this chair. It will be far more use here than stuck in a drawer never seeing the light of day.
The other piece of furniture needing protection is this chaise. At the moment you can see that there is an antique fur coat here trying to protect the fabric. But this raises several issues in itself. The coat gets worn out by touching and many people don't like to see furs although it is, and we do explain that it is, an antique. So I will be making another shawl to go here. This one will be in some creamy colours.
It was lovely to be asked to help in this way, and now there will be a little part of me in the house for many years to come!
On that note, here endeth the fifth item for this week! I hope that you are all well and that you will have a great weekend! If time is on your side, do go and read some more Five On Friday posts. I will be by to read all of yours, see you over at your place later today!
Thank you so very much for the enormous number of comments you all left on last Friday's post. Really I was overwhelmed. I am just so glad that you enjoyed seeing my door arrangement so much. Thank you!
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