Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday

My daughter in law is settled in at home and seems to be doing well.   My son has set up some care for her this coming week and we shall see how long she needs it after that as she appears to be getting a bit more mobile each day.   She is a very independent lady and I am sure she will make rapid progress now that she is home.

Today the two young men from the local Hospice came and took away the furniture I no longer need.   I was sad to see it go but as I am downsizing it is impossible to keep it all.   The farmer's bedroom suite from his childhood - circa 1920 I would estimate, but in very good condition - and the settee from our living room were the main items.   The rooms look very empty without them but I was relieved to see that there were no cobwebs behind any of the furniture!

Of course, this being Friday, friend W and I both went out to lunch.   We both had the most delicious duck breast salad, served with celeriac remoulade and a sauce (plum?) and warm figs.   Oh  yes, and we were naughty and had treacle tart and custard afterwards!

I came home vowing to have no more to eat today but have just had a bowl of strawberries - Scottish strawberries have been delicious this year.   I have eaten a bowl full almost every day over the Summer as they have been so reasonable in price.

It is now a quarter to eight in the evening and it is almost dark.  How the nights are drawing in.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your bedroom suite would be real wood too I expect - we had to let my mum in laws walnut suite go when we sold her house as our bedrooms are just far too small to accomodate it - I just hope it went to a loving home. It is sad but I am sure your new house will be warm and cosy in no time with the furniture you do take. My own mum had to downsize and let go of so much but some items she also wanted to replace with something more modern for a change. She hasn't looked back and loves her new flat.
Ten past eight and dark here too now - just closing the blinds.

Sue in Suffolk said...

My Mum and Dad had some old wooden wardrobes, the one in my bedroom had weird graining that looked like a bear and frightened me all the time! Perhaps that put me off dark wood furniture for life as I've never chosen dark wood anywhere.
Hope you have a good weekend with a tasty meal on Sunday.

jinxxxygirl said...

Pat our neighbor seriously downsized recently and she was going to have to let her parents bed go .. headboard and footboard... We found on the internet on Pinterest a way to make her a bench our of her parents bed... It turned out really nice . She could set the bench on her front porch and that way she would still have it... I'll post a photo on blog soon... Hugs! deb

justjill said...

Hope it isnt too long before all gets sorted. We downsized in 2011 and have loved every minute since. We kept our leather settees and chair in our now sitting room but went totally modern in the dining room. We didnt take into account that our removal firm brought us stuff from the very large house we were downsizing from to here. Despite labelling, Still trying to sort it all 6 years on. Be afraid be very afraid.

donna baker said...

Sounds like progress Pat. Onward. That lunch place must be a very fancy place as no where I go would serve that unbelievable meal. Only the fanciest restaurants would serve such a meal where I live.

Joanne Noragon said...

My bed came from my grandmother, circa 1900. There are cobwebs behind it. Glad to hear your daughter in law is comfortably recovering.

Mac n' Janet said...

Being a night person I enjoy the shorter days and longer nights.

Fairtrader said...

Hello Pat!
I can see how much has happend since I last looked in on you. Life is a bit below water level for us and we are not in the best of mood but we hope for better days. They seem to be lingering in someone elses vincinity and I was hoping it would be yours.
As you can understand, you caught my attention when I saw your daughter in law had a hip surgery, same as I did last february 2016. I hope she is doing well, takes it easy, follow doctors order and eventually find a good and merry physioteraphist.
The pain and feeling of a deep freezer inside, will fade and life return but it's slow. I bought myself a bedset in pure wool, curly and all, it has been gold. Tell her to exercise every day even if it hurts, small movements in the beginning.
Use crutches, get herself an apron with pockets ( very handy ) and ask her NOT to watch the procedure on Youtube.

Meanwhile, I hope you are doing fine and that each day takes you a wee bit further from grieving to missing. I am so happy about the friends you have and the strong and happy memories you have from life with the Farmer. Bless you!!!

Gwil W said...


There's nowt wrong with hearty Yorkshire grub like treacle tart and custard. Good to see you're tuckin' in. It bodes well.



Rachel Phillips said...

A bed, a chair and a table is all you need. Just the bare essentials.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Foodwise that's an amazing day

angryparsnip said...

So happy to read the good news about your Daughter in Law.
Lunch sounds devine !

cheers, parsnip

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your picture is so beautiful and serene.

There is nothing wrong with eating strawberries as they are good for you and a wonderful treat to enjoy. I love the saying, "Life is short; eat dessert first".

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Nice day for food - sad days need good food.

Cro Magnon said...

Your lunch sounds like you were here in France!

I once tried to give away some very good furniture to a charity in Brighton. When they came to collect it they looked for fire safety marks, but found none; and it was all refused. I gave it to someone else.

Alphie Soup said...

Treacle tart and custard. Stop the food descriptions right this minute, Weaver Pat!! I am between meals as I read your post and am positively salivating as I read. I can even taste the sweetness of the treacle.
If I was at home I would be going straight to the cupboard and having a treacle hit. Alas, no treacle in this house.

Alphie

Alphie Soup said...

Treacle tart and custard. Stop the food descriptions right this minute, Weaver Pat!! I am between meals as I read your post and am positively salivating as I read. I can even taste the sweetness of the treacle.
If I was at home I would be going straight to the cupboard and having a treacle hit. Alas, no treacle in this house.

Alphie

The Weaver of Grass said...

Donna - the restaurant is not a fancy place at all, just a rather out of the way place where the lady of the house (a farm) grows the most beautiful flowers, has a superb garden and has an interest in food so has opened a restaurant. The menu is always imaginative.

Glad you all like the sound (and taste) of treacle tart - brought back our childhood memories didn't it?

Heather said...

So pleased to hear that your daughter-in-law is home again and feeling more comfortable. I feel that we all recover quicker having been allowed home from hospital.
It feels so strange 'camping out' in one's own home when some of the furniture has been taken away. I hope you will be as comfortable in your new little nest as I am in mine.
That lunch sounds delicious.

Elizabeth said...

Glad your daughter in law is making progress.
And definitely hooray for treacle tart.
So glad your furniture was recycled to a good purpose.
Still warm in New York.

thelma said...

Well best wishes to your daughter in law, and the advice about pockets IS SO USEFUL when you are always having to jiggle a stick and hold on to things, I have decided someone should design a modern chatelaine so that you could keep all the things one needs around the waist;).

Librarian said...

The furniture sounds beautiful, I like real vintage items as opposed to "retro" stuff that somehow never looks quite right. Downsizing must mean a mixed blessing, I imagine; you know you can not keep it all (and with some things, it may be a relief to let them go), but some have a special meaning for you and you would like to keep them if possible.
My living room furniture is part 1930s, bought by my grandparents when they were married. I hope to keep it for many more years.

Gwil W said...

I agree with Rachel. It's surprising how few things you need when you get down to it. I lived basically as she describes for more than a year and at the beginning had not even a proper bed. Don't suppose it's for everybody though. I read lots of books, listened to classical music while painting nice pictures, even tried Tai Chi, went on many walks and to the shop every day for what I'd need for that day. Never took more than one carrier bag with me. Always woke up energized. It's a bit like a retreat I suppose. It was a happy time and I felt completely unstressed for the first time in years. The confidence in myself that it brought became the foundation stone for the rest of my life.

Derek Faulkner said...

Well Pat, as you normally agree with Rachel, I'll be interested to see if you settle for a bed, table and chair.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Rachel and Gwil both have a valid point to make but I have so many possessions I just can't contemplate life without. I am sure they will all fit in somewhere when the time coes.

Rachel Phillips said...

Once your your move is complete you should commence a second cull of possessions. It will help in the long run and leave you lighter in self.

UplayOnline said...

I'll post a photo on blog soon... Hugs! deb


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