Wednesday morning was full of preparations....The smoothie of the day was such a wonderful, vibrant colour thanks to the fresh beetroot juice. I started with garlic chicken being prepped for later in the week, chickpea falafel and courgette cake for pudding that night . Milly's hair was dyed - as was my favourite nightie ooops:) - thankfully the towel we put on the floor saved the landing carpet from yet another pink splodge!
In the afternoon friends came to play :) We had arranged to eat together and Lisa brought some ingredients and I provided some and together we made a selection that all of us would enjoy. In fact as it turned out we only had to make two dishes. Three of us had kidney bean burgers in buns and chickpea falafel with salad and the other three had sausage, potato waffles with beans :) Then cake and cream for pudd.
We had a wonderful time and luckily the forecast of torrential rain was wrong and the day was warm and sunny. Lots of interesting conversation for Lisa and I and happy children bouncing - not just random tiggerlike bouncing.... there was a trampoline involved ;) playing, taking a walk to the park.
Then, last night Milly and I enjoyed the first Bake off together:)
We love getting to know the new characters and they seem like a great bunch. Mel and Sue make the show for me.
Another unmissable Wednesday night tradition :)
The alarm went off this morning at 9.... Another sociable day ahead with friends from Northumberland coming to visit!
I took the slow approach to getting out of bed and after a shower made a cuppa and pottered around...
Washing was put on, floors were vacuumed and I made up some more room spray - essential oils and water in a spray bottle - this time I chose patchouli, frankincense and geranium .
I refreshed the pot-pourri in the hall with drops of rosemary and bergamot and turned the reeds in the reed diffuser and they quickly filled the sun room with the musky, warm scent of patchouli and frankincense.
I also filled a burner with water and added a few oils for clarity and put that in the dining room.
I look out every day at a gorgeous pink hydrangea and decided this morning that there were enough blooms on it to continue enjoying them outside but enough on it to bring some in to brighten the kitchen counter. I cut some blooms from a white hydrangea as well and one at the top of the garden that has blooms that range from palest pink to a beautiful purple/ blue.
The resulting bouquet gave me inspiration for a vintage colour palette for a future crochet project :)
As I pottered the sounds from upstairs were of Milly getting ready and the accompanying music from All time low.
Another lovely afternoon, chatting, omelettes for a late breakfast/lunch, tea - copious amounts - sunshine, impromptu visit to town, Beauty barking at and trying to catch numerous wasps, more chat, sitting in the garden and a bit of crochet for Liz, wasps galore and more barking and trying to catch them from Beauty, baked potatoes and salad, wasp sting on toe for me!
Obviously Beauty had had some success in her wasp catching mission and a stunned wasp was under the table when I sat down!
Round three tomorrow as My Nephew and his girlfriend come round for tea and a movie :)
Round four of the social whirl on Saturday when we visit Carlisle with Amy and Milly.
Sunday really will be a day of rest! ;)
Love and light <3