Tales of walking, eating, watching and playing. Vintage treasures and simple pleasures ... the things that make her happy.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Making her happy ...

Post holiday blues.  
Fading sun and darker nights.
Needing to relight the flame, spark a smile inside.
Throwing the windows open, she stands in a sun ray.
Admiring flowers from her mum-in-law.

Dusting off her sewing machine …
New velvet handles on a favourite bag …
… old mohair jumper replaces existing threadbare footrest cover.
Two ticks on her ‘to do’ list.  That makes her smile.
Stripping lavender stems.  
Heady scent all pervading.  
Taking deep breaths of healing air.

They take some time out for a pub lunch.
Hand raised pork pies, chorizo scotch egg, 
pail of crispy chips and some token salad.  
Hoppy ale and red wine. 

Light growing ever stronger.  
Brightening sun claiming the prize.
They walk across farmlands and puff their way up over Corton Ridge.  
Each step assuaging the guilt of their lunchtime excesses.  
Lungs filled with autumnal air.
Following the smoothed earth of an oft trodden path.
Sun shadows gliding over green glazed hills and barren ploughed fields.
Their favourite walk, a seasonal pilgrimage.  
Spirit lifted, load lightened.
She ran down the hill with uncontrollable momentum and renewed vigour.  


Liz said...

Lovely post! Lunch looked delicious.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Flaming Nora said...

The pie has me drooling! I am very jealous of such a wonderful lunch.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Simply beautiful...wonderful post :) x

demie said...

Spirit can be lifted only by reading this post!
What a wonderful life!

love xoxox

YeamieWaffles said...

That pub food looks incredible Jane. I've been on a little downer due to the darker nights too but this post has cheered me up, it's just wonderful. Thanks for sharing Jane and I'm glad that you have all these awesome things to keep you happy going into Winter.

Rosemary said...

Lovely images, and a timely reminder to cut my lavender and collect the flowers.

Kristie Franklin said...


What a great way to renew your spirit and breathe in the change of seasons. Your photos are so beautiful...all the lovely hills and green fields. I love the mohair jumper! It looks so warm and inviting and the smell of lavender is cleansing and inviting. I just ordered myself a beautiful bunch of lavender. :)

I hope you have a fantastic week! :)

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Lovely! Ada :)

Anonymous said...

Hello so glad you found me and now I have found you!
Thea x

Madelief said...

Your words almost sound like a poem. Just beautiful!

Happy new week!

Madelief x

Tony Van Helsing said...

I love that hill in the last picture.

elegancemaison said...

Mmmn we love pub lunches and that one looks delicious.

I wonder where that hill is? You gave me such an invigorating feeling of running down it. Wonderful. Cx

Isobel said...

Lovely post and gorgeous pictures. :)
That pub lunch made me hungry. ;)

greenthumb said...

Lovely photos, my lavender is drying out.

Alix said...

Love your words and pictures, with the exception of the pie, which has my tummy rumbling!

Auntie Bliss said...

Thank you so much for the compliment!!
You also write well, really! I enjoyed our romp on the countryside :) Gosh it is so beautiful there where the sheep are. Incredible.

Maria said...

Hi Jane,
Am leaving you another comment as I thought I had already...
(If you receive two from me please don,t think me crazy) just enthusiastic!! haha..
Thanks for the sweet words and am loving that your wear converse in many shades!
soo much I love on your post, especially your wonderful bag.
Think i will go and buy some Autumn Dahlia's too!
Have a happy week.
Love Maria x

Rose H (UK) said...

You've lifted my heart too :o)
Rose H

Aunt Jane's Attic said...

Love the fuzzy footrest can just image the fire going and warming my feet. Julie xxx

...Tabiboo... said...

I have lavender drying at the moment - the smell is gorgeous.

Nina x

Alia et Libris said...

In the midst of moving house your post managed to calm my soul for a few wee moments. Was lovely, thank you xx

*Susycottage* said...

How I love your England?
What a fabulous place you have.
Beautiful post!
Love Susy x

Vix said...

What glorious views! I'm pass on the food but I'd happily share some hoppy ale with you! x

Gill - That British Woman said...

a pub lunch like that makes me miss the UK.

Super post.

Gill in Canada

Lyosha said...

very pretty post! inspiring!

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*Maristella* said...

Hi Marina.
Ti ringrazio per gli auguri, spero che vada tutto bene!
Abiti in un luogo meraviglioso, io ne sono innamorata....sigh!
Un caro saluto, *Maristella*.

Sylvia said...

What a lovely post !
Pretty flowers and I love lavender ... beautiful picture of the sheep, they always run away when I want to photograph them :-)
Nice evening,