Saturday, 14 February 2009

A day in my life

It is now a year since Jenny started this project and this month she posts  her twelfth and final day in my life post. I joined in a month late and so for me this is post number eleven.  Although the project is coming to a close I have decided to continue posting my own "a day in my life" once a month. I'm not sure that the details of my life are of much interest to anyone other than me so please just humour me as I turn out one of these each month for the foreseeable future! 

No alarm clock this morning so we had the luxury of being woken up by daylight instead of a loud buzzing noise. Dawn here is around 7:ooam at the moment. It was a lovely morning bright sunlight and blue sky, perfect for catching up with the washing. 

Two loads of washing today and I hand washed some hand knitted jumpers as well. Its good to be able to catch up with the laundry, the weather has not been good for drying washing recently and so I am a bit behind.

Youngest son had a match early this afternoon so we had a very early lunch.  In an effort to minimise the number of journeys and miles I drive, I combined taking him to his match, with a walk with my eldest son and a quick trip to the supermarket.

National Trust properties are opening around here this weekend (the first of half-term) and today we visited Basildon Park.  The house doesn't open until later in the season but we could walk around the garden and estate.

The house was used in the filming of Pride and Prejudice (the 2005 film), it was Netherfield Hall, Mr Bingleys residence.

The house is very impressive. I am always amazed by the amount of work and details in these houses. The photo below shows the carved ceiling at the top of the entrance staicase, I wonder how many of the visitors to the house paused to look up at the ceiling, such a lot of work that may have gone unnoticed.

I also spotted this blend of old and new, an old lamp fitted with an energy saving lamp bulb.

There wasn't much in flower in the garden.  The recent cold weather has certainly held the spring back this year but there were flowers on the viburnum bush and a few clumps of cyclamen.  Milder weather is forecast for the next week so I am sure the spring bulbs will catch up.

After our walk it was shopping and then home with a tired teenager.  

Dinner was potato, chickpea and spinach curry with naan, simple and inexpensive and eaten before I had a chance to reach for my camera!

This evening I phoned my parents and sat down at the computer to write this.

So thats it, the end of a years "day in my life" posts. I have enjoyed reading the different posts written by bloggers all over the world, a snapshot of how we spend our days.



Compostwoman said...

It has been interesting reading them, also :-)

The List Writer said...

I'm so pleased you are continuing with this project - I love the monthly peek into your life.

The curry sounds lovely!

Susan said...

Glad to know you are carrying on with these monthly posts, thank you.

Any chance of sharing the curry recipe? We could so use a 'cheap and cheerful' recipe in these parts! Sue.

Candyce said...

To me the deatials of your life are very interesting. Living in the US it is lovely to follow someone living in another country and see their daily cares and musings. I enjoy yours very much!

Tia said...

I came in late too, and am thinking of carrying on at least until my own year is up but possibly longer - it is interesting to have a year summarised like this.

Love the energy bulb in the lantern!

Simply Authentic said...

Yes, please continue! I love reading about them! How incredible that something so historical is so of the major things I loved about visiting England.

pebbledash said...

I enjoy this monthly post...and Willow, I have finally responded to your tag, of sorts!!

libby said...

What a lovely day. I was looking at the house thinking it looked familiar :-). I too am thinking of continuing the day in my life posts.


willow said...

Thank you for your comments. I am glad I'm not the only one who has decided to carry on this project, I do enjoy reading all the posts.

Susan, my cooking tends to be a bit "make it up as I go along" but I will post a recipe for the curry in a couple of days

Susan said...

Thank you! Sue

em said...

Oh cyclamen, I love them - but we can't grow them here. It is hard to phantom that you have flowers when we have plenty of snow and -20˚C!

Heather L. said...

I would have loved to come over and tour Basildon Park! How fun that it was in P&P!

Just finished North & South -- it was so good, and surprisingly similar to the movie, as you said.

Wish naan bread was easier to come by over here....

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

I have also enjoyed your posts and your photos. I loved the one of the old lamp with the energy saving bulb!