When I'm at home, I have a tendency to mooch between 2pm and 3pm. It's my 'nothing hour' where I am at my least productive. After a busy morning and then a quick lunch, all my 'get up and go' suddenly gets up and goes. I suppose I'm also clock watching until the school run.
I wonder if it's a seasonal thing or the natural ebb and flow of daily energy levels?
Do you have a 'nothing hour'?
Today at 2pm, I decided to pick up my camera and set myself the challenge of finding six things to share with you. Six simple things that are giving me pleasure today. First outside …
Number 1. Aah, my wonderful Hellebores. I have a large tumble of them this year. Without fail, they're the first plant to flower in the garden and they seem to thrive on neglect. Quite camera shy though with their pretty downturned faces.
This is the first year I've not picked any. They seem to pop their clogs within 24 hours if I take them inside.
Number 2 is my spring bulbs. Green shoots are appearing and my bulbs are all sprouting. I am a great one for popping bulbs here and there, in random places, at random times of the year. It's always a nice surprise when they grow.
I overwintered these mini daffodils in the garage, sort of accidentally, and they're already flowering.
See how this little chap is craning his slender neck to reach the shaft of sunlight. Sweet.
Number 3 is not very photogenic and keeps steaming up my camera lens but is my homemade chicken stock. It's been cooking nearly all day and is now cooling on the side in the kitchen. It's delicious aroma has spread throughout the entire house. I adore the smell of homemade stock. We're having a leek and parmesan risotto for supper tonight.
Please bear with me for number 4 but I've opted for a photograph of my ensuite bathroom to represent the housework I've done today. (Cleaning bathrooms is one of my least favourite chores in the world and I get feelings of both pleasure and self-satisfaction knowing that I don't have to do it again for a little while!)
The pretty shadows on my lounge wall will have to be my number 5.
Oh look. Yes, that's definitely my number 6 pleasure. My spring stripes, sitting there, all neatly rolled up, patiently waiting … See how I'm sticking to my sewing-in-ends-as-I-go resolution too?
After the glimpse in my last post, I completed quite a few more rows but wasn't thrilled with the colours. Something was bugging me. It wasn't looking soft enough. I ended up unravelling it and taking out a strong orangey/coral stripe and, feeling happier, carrying on. I'm now wondering if that blue/green is jumping out too much? What about the purple? Oh poo bags.
I'm over-thinking it now, aren't I? Let me lie it down on my bed for a better look.
No, that's definitely much better. Much more springlike. Hey, look at this photo, wheeeeeeee ...
There. My six simple pleasures. As it happens, today's 'nothing hour' turned into a very pleasurable hour indeed.