So much for my sewing plans; what I forgot when I came up with my timetable was that I was seeing a friend yesterday and needed to sort out the embryonic herb garden my parents gave me for my birthday today, and that as a gardening novice that was almost certainly going to use up most of my energy for today.
Still, after a trip to the garden centre for pots, potting compost and a watering can, and an hour or so’s potting (not to mention a fun few minutes smashing a roof-tile up with a hammer so I could put the shards in the bottom of the pots to aid drainage), I have a rather nice little herb garden:
That’s bay, chives, mint, rosemary, fennel and sage (more or less from top to bottom). Some thyme might be good, but that seems like a pretty good start.
My mother also gave me two rose campions which I’ve put on either side of the back door.
I think they’ll look lovely when they’ve grown enough to flower.
The friend I saw yesterday also gave me a sweet little bag designed to look like a vintage sewing pattern:
I think it’s rather fun.
I think it was really supposed to be a make-up bag, but I don’t wear make-up; my first thought was to keep knitting or sewing oddments in (if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you can never have too many little bags to keep bits and pieces in) but then it struck me that it looked as though it was a very similar size to the Kindle I’d just been eyeing up in Curry’s. I love paper books, and have a house full of them (quite a lot of which I haven’t read yet, and at least some of which I suspect I’ll never read), but over the last few months I’ve discovered a lot of advantages to ebooks; they’re obviously particularly good for holidays or travel, but they also stop me from falling into my usual bad habit of reading in bed when I’m really too tired to concentrate and flipping idly forward through the pages, until I find I’ve skim-read the whole book and lost interest in finishing it properly. Until now I’ve been reading on my iPad and occasionally on my phone, but the iPad is a bit cumbersome and certainly not something I’d take out and about regularly, while the phone is a bit on the small side for comfortable reading, so I had been wondering about a Kindle. And when we went back to Curry’s we could see that the case was exactly the right size for it; I had to remove the zip (discovering in the process that my seam ripper appears to have vanished – see what I mean about needing little bags to keep bits and pieces in?) to get the Kindle in, but once I had done it fit like a dream.
(And if you recognise what I’m reading, you’ll see another reason why ebooks are such a good idea – I haven’t re-read it for far too long, because lugging our one-volume paperback around is far too tedious.)