So imagine how chuffed I was when I spied this beautiful, beautiful eiderdown at the Collector's Market on Saturday, the perfect thing for my sitting room on chilly evenings. It's in such perfect nick I think it might be a newly made one in a vintage pattern, either that or it's been wrapped up in an attic for years. And it was an absolute bargain, I've seen one this beautiful go on ebay for more than £100 - this was mine for £12! It makes me happy just to see it in our home. An eiderdown for autumn, I can't wait.
Monday, 25 August 2008
Change in the air
It's been in the air for a few days, small things like the odd golden leaf and the wind blowing warm but harder. Today even the birds noticed; the swifts are long gone and all afternoon the swallows and housemartins swooped around the house then took turns lining up on the wires, waiting for some unseen signal when they'll leave as one. In the field I can see from the kitchen window, the tractor is back, mowing the last of the grass for winter hay. We drove to one of our favourite villages over the weekend and on the way home I noticed barns full of bales already safely gathered in and the first field of freshly ploughed, warm, brown earth. Summer, well what bit we had, is on the slide and inside I can feel the excitement and anticipation building. At home the few recipe books, of this very reluctant cook, are out and plans for hearty suppers, warming casseroles and maybe a chutney or two being made. We're drawing the curtains earlier and earlier and my hunt for thermal linings for this house of huge windows has begun. There's nothing I like more than preparing for winter and I try to do the odd thing every week from late summer onwards. I know huge snowfalls or ice storms are really unlikely to cut us off from the world but I love the feeling of cosying up our burrow and being ready to batten down the hatches just in case.