Trashy treasures and a woolly welcome...
Dearest blog readers,
Would you let me hug you, please?
Hold you tight for a minute and tell you how lovely you are and how touched I was
by your kind words after my modest blog come-back two weeks ago?
I struggle to find the right words to describe how you made me feel.
I feel I ought to say something profound and yet all that comes to mind,
over and over again, is "you made my day".
You. Made. My. Day.
However, my nose for recycling and turning trash into treasure has already proven intact, for example when I spotted these two rattan chairs being thrown away at the local recycling centre. "Stop, hold on! Surely you are not throwing those away?!" I bellowed at the men unloading the contents of their lorry into the skip. "Want them? They're yours!" they bellowed back, raising one or two eyebrows at the beaming Swede embracing their rubbish with such joy. Perhaps not my dream garden chairs, but they were free and they have already proven to be splendid seats for lunches in the sun.
The observant among you may have noticed that there seem to be two front doors to this little aged beauty. This is indeed true. In the old days, this used to be two cottages and as I sweat and fret over lack of storage space, I think of what it must have been like living here in those days, in only half of the cottage, and instantly I feel really blessed and grateful for the space that I have got!
The front door to the left in the photo above leads straight into the kitchen. This is a kitchen that, in the mouth of an over-eager estate agent might be described as "bijou", but which we all would know means "so tiny you can barely turn around". But do you know what? It also comes with this view:
... and that makes even washing up (my least favourite household chore) a joy!
And just like my woolly neighbour welcomed me into my new home,
let me welcome you to
"The New Swenglish Home Blog"!