A place to rest...
Summer days are lazy days...
... and this armchair is a favourite spot all year round to "collapse" in
whenever collapsing is required...
Normally it has not got a foot rest, but when we really feel like indulging ourselves, the basket from the wall on the left is pulled over to accommodate tired legs. From here, you have a view into the garden and it is also the perfect spot to enjoy watching someone else cook...
Some of you who have followed my blog for a while, may remember that this is usually the spot from which my grandparents (see image below) follow the moves and lives of the Swenglish family members. However, inspired by the nautical tunes of our beach trip to Cornwall, I felt like moving a few cushions around and make room here for a more New England-inspired atmosphere, with the chequered star cushion (made from fabric from a dress I never wore...).
The wooden tray hosts a mix of cream ceramics,
among which is this little bowl from Maisons du Monde:
The ceramic bottle was a find (£ 2) at a French-inspired "brocante" in Bath last month, but the real treasure here, I think, is the "foot warmer" (below, left) with the wonderful text " Doulton's Improved Foot Warmer". When, a few years ago, the man in the house came home from an antiques market carrying this, I confess I was not entirely over the moon, but today I love this quirky little beauty! Boring rubber hot water bottles - be gone!
Another very tranquil place is a small church just outside our neighbour village Box.
(Bench outside the church.)
Regardless of whether one has a religious faith or not, I think many churches offer a wonderful
place to catch your breath and quietly contemplate the wonders of the world...
Wishing you a restful weekend!