Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Books ... and My Little Christmas Treat


One job I was pleased to get done at the end of last week was to get most of the books I have brought with me from Wales onto the £8 car boot sale bargain bookcase.  

The bookcase was waiting to be painted before I filled it up with books, but in my bid to 'tidy' up the large spare bedroom here at the flat I had filled it's shelves with all sorts of detritus and I could never be bothered to empty it all again to begin painting.

Then I brought another bag full of books from Wales last time I had to go there and the other day I thought enough is enough time to put most of the books I have here in one place so I can see exactly what I do have.  So I completely emptied it, put away anything that wasn't a book, dragged it out into the hallway and collected together all of the books except the recipe books I have on the kitchen worktop.  Now I smile as I pass and my books/friends are back where I can see them numerous times during the day.

 Also as we have now found somewhere to buy here in Garstang and I sort of know the colour scheme I will be going for I have decided to hold off with the painting of it until I can have a big batch of my chosen shade of retro green made up again.  It's been eleven long years since I fell in love with this particular shade and I doubt I will ever tire of it.


My little Alien TV stand/bedding box will point you in the direction I am going, although this photo shows it looking slightly bluer than it is in the flesh and I think I will be warming the greenness of it a little bit more.

At the moment my new little narrow kitchen looks something like this ...


... just six foot wide and startlingly bright in shades of white and turquoise-y blue and I feel the need to tone it down and cosy it up.


I am really pleased that at the near end of the run of kitchen units there should be room for my beloved Welsh Bread and Cheese cupboard, which will then be the larder for all of my food supplies.  This will bring additional warmth into the place with it's lovely rich old pine.

Wow ... I veered off subject a bit there didn't I ... I was talking about books and I've given you a glimpse of my future!!  Well anyway the bookcase will most likely be painted green to bring colour to my new home as it's wood doesn't match anything else I have.  I'll do it once I have moved, or just before.


My little Christmas treat to myself is this Emma Bridgewater Christmas tree decoration sized jug, ordered at the same time as the two mugs but it took longer to come as I had it personalised .  And as I purposely chose it not to be too Christmassy it can stay out all year round  😀


Sue xx




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  2. I'm madly in love with your Welsh bread and cheese cupboard, what a beautiful piece.
    Your retro green looks very similar to our beloved arsenic green, such a restful and happy colour. x

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    1. I know, I love it ... even more so as it was a half price bargain from an antique shop that was closing due to retirement, I was hoping it would fit somewhere in my new home.

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    1. And not so Christmassy that it can't stay out all year round :-)

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  4. I love that 'full of light' new kitchen - what a beautiful Welsh cupboard I like the mixing of old and contemporary - best of both worlds.

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    1. Yes, hopefully moving all my wooden and vintage pieces in will create a good mix of old and new. Roll on the New Year :-)

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  5. I'll have to look out for a bookcase, too. I'm typing here next to three piles of books that will easily fill one!

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    1. It's always nice to have them on shelves isn't, although I do have a few nice little stacks too :-)

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  6. The bright turquoise and white will certainly wake you up of a morning!

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    1. It's way too bright for me and she's continued it through all the rooms in various touches, most of which will be moving out with her ... I'll just do the same with my green once I move in :-)

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  7. Here's an idea. Leave the books on the bookshelf, and paint the whole lot green. A fab work of art.

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    1. Ooh noooo ... my books would suffocate if I blocked their pores 🤣🤣

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  8. Sorry, I deleted my earlier comment as I wasn't sure if you'd discussed in detail or posted a link to the house before and I was curious about the unusual ground floor layout.

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    1. No, I've not shared link to this house yet, trying not to jinx things again 🤣😃

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  9. The kitchen looks lovely; clean and bright, but I can imagine you'd want to tone it down a bit. Your chosen colour on the bedding box is more 'you' I think. Lovely little jug :)

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    1. It is clean and bright ... startling bright in real life, but not a lot of cupboard space considering what it looks like it has, so I am so glad I can fit in my Welsh cupboard to store my food. :-)

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  10. How exciting, is that our first look at your new home? A galley kitchen can be very convenient for cooking! I'm looking forward to seeing more. I agree with you about displaying books. They make a home warmer and friendlier!

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    1. It could be if everything goes through okay with our mortgage 😃

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  11. I decorate in books too! :-) ~Andrea xoxo

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  12. I L O V E that cupboard. It is beautiful. There is a decorating fad here to our your books in bindings facing back for a coordinated color scheme and a minimalistic look. What reasonable person uses the word minimalistic and books in the same sentence?

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    1. Exactly ... I can only find my books by having a vague idea of the colour of their spines, if I had to face them to the wall I'd feel like I'd told them all off and sent them to the naughty step.

      I'm not really a fan of colour-blocking either except in little piles like on my bureau. I like all an author's books to be together if possible. 😃

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  13. OMG that Welsh cupboard is gorgeous.

    God bless.

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    1. I have three pieces of furniture that I love ... oh and a row of hooks. They will all be coming with me to my little space 💕

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  14. Lovely kitchen, I don;t think it needs toning down. The cupboard is wonderful.

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