Wednesday, 9 January 2013


I was thinking, while lying in bed this morning,  that this is the first week in probably 5 months that I honestly don't have anything to do although I know it is the calm before the storm as we have to move off our farm by 26 April.  As the family all left the beach house last Saturday,  there are no early morning squeals from the little girls, prompting me to rise and shine and get on with breakfast!  It is absolute bliss just knowing I can lie in bed for a while although I do miss the happy mayhem of the past few weeks!

Guess who else is lazy!

The past few days have been spent catching up with washing huge loads of bedlinen and towels .  I am ever grateful that I decided that everyone would be sleeping in king-single beds here at the beach house as it is so much easier making a single bed, not to mention the folding/ironing.  

A couple of days ago we experienced a torturous heatwave and our area was  right in the middle of the danger zone. By mid-afternoon,  the temperature was 45deg!    Determined not to loose our lovely hydrangeas Mr R-I and I carted hoses around in the searing winds watering lawns etc.  

Picked before the heat wave.

We were so fortunate being able to stay indoors in the airconditioning. The hot dry winds left filthy deposits everywhere and I "washed" the whole house yesterday... literally squirting windows, walls, balustrades, decks and paving.  Apart from washing all of the salt off the screens,  the house is now gleaming!  Very gratifying I can tell you!!   Tomorrow brings more heat I believe and I guess we will do more of the same.

Beautiful sky after a searing day.  A huge smoke cloud out to sea.

In the spirit of trying to be more healthy,  I have been cooking vegetarian meals with quinoa being one of my favourites.

Salads, salads and more salads!  Trying to undo the excesses
of the holiday feasting!


  1. Hello Jenny,
    I wanted to send you my very best wishes since some time, but my computer refused to write more than 10 letters.
    Now it seems to be unlocked! How lucky you are to start a new year in such a beautiful surrounding, accompanied by all your beloved ones.
    I send you all the best for 2013 from France, where the weather is cold and windy.
    Will we have the pleasure to see you here this year?
    Very best regards from Patrick and Dominique de La Cachemaille, L'Isle sur la Sorgue

    1. Lovely to hear from Patrick and Dominique! I think of you so often.. every time I wear one of my lovely linen dresses! All the best for 2013! xx

  2. What a lovely week, although perhaps not as lazy as you think - plenty of work involved there too, and so pleased the danger didn't get to your doorstep!!

  3. Thanks Liora... perhaps the heading should have read "Lazy days to come"...!

  4. It sounds like you've been very busy with the ironing board, rather than lazing away the days! I hope your garden has survived the heat. We've had a respite today, only 26 degrees, and I've spent most of it in the garden, as the only things that have thrived have been the weeds! Hopefully my garden survives too..... good luck with the packing up of the farm - I'm sure it will be a bit of a wrench to leave your beautiful garden. xx

  5. Hello Heidi... I actually quite like ironing - I think I've told you this before! It is a very misty cool day here and I dont really feel inspired to go out there, but I must! My two dogs have been cavorting around in the dew and are now brown... dog-wash station coming up! xx