Friday, 25 February 2011

Spring has sprung!

Here at Letters From Home, I have decided that enough is enough!  Outside it is cold and grey and rainy, but here at home spring has sprung!  I've been playing 'Spring' from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and all my soft lamps are glowing.  All my lovely spring flowers were inexpensive, and they are making me feel so happy all grouped together

by A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."

Do you remember the lovely cotton yarns I purchased a few weeks ago?  I am enjoying crocheting a lovely spring-like blanket with them, and seeing how the different colours mix with each other.

One of the highlights of spring 2011 is going to be the Royal Wedding.  I am so excited.  My invitation hasn't arrived yet, but the postal system isn't what it used to be.  Surely it will come any day now!  Yesterday, we had our first glimpse of the royal couple on their first joint engagement.  Kate Middleton cracked open a bottle of champagne over a new RNLI lifeboat at Trearddur Bay on Anglesey.

Kate wore a fascinator with a spray of pheasant feathers, decorated with an insignia of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  It was designed by Vivien Sheriff Millinery, a small company based in rural Wiltshire, which makes all of its hats by hand.  They make such a lovely couple!

Today they are visiting their old university where they met - St Andrews - so I am looking forward to another helping of royal news later.

I don't normally watch much television, but my son noticed in the TV guide that the 1937 Anne of Green Gables film was on TV on Wednesday.  I was at work, but at the weekend I am going to watch it on iPlayer here.  You should be able to watch it for the next couple of days.

You can also watch Anne of Windy Poplars, so that's my weekend sorted!

Here in the UK, many schoolchildren have had a half-term holiday this week, which means a break for the teachers!  I was amused to read how the two schoolteachers at the school in Miss Read's Thrush Green spent their holiday.

"The first two weeks of the summer holidays were spent by Miss Watson and Miss Fogerty in recuperating from the rigours of the term.
They also managed to fit in a number of personal arrangements which had been postponed during term time.  Miss Watson had her hair permanently waved, one troublesome tooth extracted and two filled, and several shopping expeditions for new corsets and other underwear.
Miss Fogerty, who's hair was straight 'as a yard of pump water', as she said, dressed it in a neat bun, and washed it herself.  She did, however, need to visit the dentist who luckily only found one filling which needed attention.  Her modest shopping resulted in a new flowered overall for school use, a pair of light sandals, and a petticoat.  She was sorely tempted to buy a navy blue jersey suit, reduced in the summer sales, but.....she decided it would be imprudent to spend too lavishly."

I have nearly finished re-reading Gossip From Thrush Green, and I have enjoyed it immensely.  I laughed the other day at Lynn's comment to me about Miss Read's books.  She said :-
"There is a lot of not a lot happening and that is why I love her"
I couldn't have put it better myself.

Enjoy your weekend my friend.


Elizabethd said...

Dear Miss Read...a time gone by now, sadly.
You are right, it is definitely time for Spring!

Joanne said...

Lovely Spring in your home....I also bought a spring bulb plant for indoors and have received so much pleasure from it.
Love your a fan of the british monarchy. Do you get the 'Hello' magazine there? It is always full of monarchy/royalty goodness.

Joanne said...

I meant to add that I love the colours in your pretty!
Thank you for your lovely post!

Pom Pom said...

Oh,I love this post, Jayne! You've made me want a little Thrush Green. Your crocheting is wonderful! Darn. I wish I didn't pass up the daffodils today. Yours are lovely.

Fixing My Thoughts said...

It seems we all have spring on our minds! Your afghan is lovely, and it looks like you already have quite a bit completed! Hope you'll show us again when it's finished! Bess

Regina said...

yes spring is it not the garden blooms allthe spring flowers.....oh i love
spring. miss read is a favourite book
i have it all.
your blanket looks great.
have a wonderful day,
greetings from germany,

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a delighful post :o)

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