Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New in this season...

Well, you know me, so not actually NEW, you understand... But new for the season, is our winter rug. And actually new, come to think of it, is the December Country Living - it arrived, it arrived!
We take up the rugs for our annual Bonfire Party, so that everyone can go in and out of the house in their mucky trainers. When the floors are clean, back go the rugs - but it seems time to go for the dark oriental rug, in place of the summery blue Indian one. Son 2 was my decision-maker on this: 'It's autumn, so we must have the brown rug'. OK, Son.
I wasn't sure about the brown with all my bright colours, and spent time studying it and then photographing it from all angles.
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These boxes for DVDs are 'new' - I need to cover them now. They are proving very useful - do you recognise the bottom two, Michela?
I had no need to include yet another photo of this stool, as you've all seen it before, but if anything's making me happy round the house at the moment, it's this view - so here it is again, with no apologies.
This is new, too - I can take a photo of the chimney breast without having a horrible red electrical cord in the way - Ben sorted out our upstairs electrical cable the other day. Much obliged to him...
Ben's newness is mainly out of doors. This sad looking twig is a fine fruit tree, sold with bare roots at this time of the year in France. They are both cheap and successful if you plant them like this in November, so much so that our town hosts a Marché de l'Arbre every year at this time.
This one should provide us with big, early season cherries, one of these years...
Ben treats himself to one fruit tree there each year - that's a nectarine tree in front (it had a nasty brush with a leaf rust, which caused the bare branches, but it survived...) and behind is his first buy, an apricot tree. We ate our first apricots this year.
The vine on Ben's pergola is looking beautiful as it prepares to drop its leaves.
He has some carrots, salads and rainbow chard still going strong, but mainly he isn't doing much winter gardening...
... because he really wants to finish the doors and shelves for his shed.My recent garden contribution has been for the birdlife. We are on the lookout for our first visitors.
Indoors, the boys have been coughing and flopping, but at least it's not Grippe A (Swine Flu) which a number of their schoolmates now have. As you can imagine, I'm keeping them off school for as long as it takes... No point in sending them back weak, just to pick that up!
So we have played a classic charity shop find today - Sunken Treasure! It has everything - ships which pick up magnetic treasure chests, hidden reefs which dislodge the treasure from your ship, and, if you throw a six...
...the possibility of piratical theft, violent storms for your opponents and... the Kraken!
The treasure chests are worth anything from 0 to 4.
I lost.

Yup, I'm happy with that rug...

21 comments:

marigold jam said...

It all reminds me so much of our time in France! That fireplace and the tiled floors. When we moved in here last Decembver the whole house including the kitchen was carpeted - we did/do find it difficult after being used to being able to wander in in our muddy shoes as the floors were all tiled!! But like you we did like our rugs especially in the winter months.

Jane

karen said...

Hiya hunni
we bough a cherry tree early this year and it did actually give us a very small amount of fruit, which we wern't exspecting in the first year. unfortuantly the birdies got to them before we did lol.

(((hugs)))
karen

Elizabethd said...

Nice rug, very warm and comforting in Winter.
I get my CL in the village shop!

TheMadHouse said...

That reminds me we need a new tree, our cherry got some sort of infection and we had to take it out. We had our first apples for out apple tree this year!

Della said...

I love rugs, and yours is very autumnal. :)Having a rug for every season is smart!

Lola Nova said...

I am smitten with your rug and the surrounding fare, very cozy and happy with the bright colors. That game looks like fun, just the thing when the ick has you down. My husband would be quite jealous of that shed. His dream is to build a workshop in our back yard. He is a rather good woodcrafter but, has no place in which to work. Perhaps a few years down the road we can save up for it. I am jealous of your country living mag. Wish I could find second hand ones somewhere. Oh to dream :)

jus said...

I love the game! Whilst my own boys where ill recently they devised a game which bore more than a passing resemblance to that old favourite Buckaroo. Rather than the plastic pony and tiny suitcases etc they used a real life sleeping cat and small balls of tinfoil... not sure Buckalulu
will catch on though...it's hard enough getting Lulu into her cat carrier, a flat cardboard box would be well nigh impossible! x

Lululiz said...

I love the look of that game, I wouldn't mind playing that ( I am not really to old for that, am I??? ).

And the rug looks rather cosy, I like it.

VintageVicki said...

I love french houses - especially the tiles floors and the shutters.

Like the look of that game too.

Hope boys are better soon - I have the largest one of mine off school today :(

Pomona said...

A serious shed - full of potential! It seems to be a horrid winter for bugs and colds - hope your lot recover soon!

Pomona x

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your son made a good choice on the rug. Hope everyone gets well real soon. There is a lot of "stuff" going around.

Ticking stripes said...

I now have a case of serious shed envy...!

juanitatortilla said...

I loved this tour, and I am definitely agreeing with your son's interior decorating ideas! Autumn = Brown, for sure.

Michela said...

Hi Floss...you have given that box a third life!!! I love your chimney, it looks so cosy and charmant!

Angela said...

Oh what a fabulous game! Wish I could come and sit on the brown rug and throw the dice with you all! In my horticultural ignorance, I had no idea that this was a good time to buy fruit trees - th eonly trees on sale round here are plastic Christmas ones!

Rose Charles said...

Hi Floss,

You house is looking great - love the rug :-)
Your garden is looking good too, my grandad has fruit trees and each year we buy him a new one! Some have been in quite a few years now, so we enjoy apples, pears, and peaches!

Hope your boys are feeling better soon :-)

Rose X

Sarah said...

The rug looks just right, and what a lovely fireplace. There are so many germs around at the moment, it's hard to avoid them all!
Regarding my advent calendar - yes I would be more than happy to share some piccies, I'll look forward to that!

The Curious Cat said...

ooo that tree isn't much to look at but it is marvellous to think it will grow into something bearing fruit...you just need a little faith! :) I hope you enjoy the cherries when they arrive! Be sure to take photos!

As for the rugs...you've reminded me that I really should have more of them! xxx

Itch2stitch.com said...

I love the rug! I think its such a good idea to add a fruit tree ecah year. We have a wild area at the back of the garden with meadow grass. It has one cooking apple and an eating apple that are old, but we keep saying we would like a min orchard down there, but it costs too much to get them all at once! Suzie. xxx

A Country Girl said...

Hi, I love your blog and am very envious of your fruit trees!

Manka said...

I like the rug and your chimney is absolutely gorgeous ! I enjoy watching at your pictures!
hugs:Manka