A month has passed since we returned home from our trip to Cuba. Some days it seems like yesterday we were enjoying the tropical sunshine while other days it seems like a distance memory.
The first 14 days were spent at home in quarantine with food drop offs by kind family and friends. The first days were spent unpacking , washing and sorting our travel clothes and for me downloading my Cuba photos. Also many phone calls to family and friends.
The weather was still mild and sunny so I was able to enjoy time in the garden .
After the quarantine period we were able to leave home for grocery shopping . I have discovered one advantage of being a senior in this troubling time . Our local supermarket has community hour for seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. , I have never shopped so early but it is worth it as there are hardly any other shoppers. We missed most of the panic buying and the empty supermarket shelves that followed and most days they are fairly well stocked here now.
I have been enjoying playing in the kitchen – even making bread one day and way too many cakes and desserts but this must stop for obvious reasons.
We also have been doing many long overdue projects in the house and garden. John has renewed both the rose walk gravel path and two circular gravel paths in our front garden.
Last weekend John painted the windows in our lounge room and this motivated me to thoroughly clean and redecorate the room . I have included a few of my favourite spots in the room.
This cupboard was made by my grandfather , a cabinet maker ,and was probably a sample showing his skills as it features a variety of woodwork . It was originally varnished but much to John’s horror I painted a few years ago. The delicate rose painting was a Christmas gift from my mother , it was painted by her friend’s husband , with super fine brushes , a bit different from his usual work as a car spray painter.
A small selection of my many gardening books , mostly acquired second hand or gifts .
The hand painted rose panel was a find at a market years ago , the battered wine cooler was a junk shop find bought for next to nothing and the two pewter tea pots were inherited from my late mother.
I have also had a re-organise and tidy up in my dressing room as its time to change from Spring/ Summer to Autumn/Winter.
I always start with hats and shoes that out of their season they reside in a top cupboard in the wardrobe in the bedroom. I will add that these are only the orphans that don’t have their own boxes.
On top of the ladder saying farewell to my Summer hats and rediscovering forgotten Winter favourites.
Too many hats -never I say, these have been collected over many years from various sources , some retail, others recycled.
I found this little black hat a few years ago at a local second hand store , its perfect for this time of year.
I have also been enjoying afternoon walks with John and Raffy around our neighbourhood.
Being at home I seem to alternate days of dressing for comfort and little or no make up and making an effort and dressing up and playing with make up. I know which makes me feel best.
This was the first outing ( at home) for these black and white earrings that I found in Havana, Cuba. Today’s other accessories are Gucci sunnies, Jianlondon neck piece and black and white bangles.
In my Autumn garden wearing Moyuru skirt and Rundholz jacket and Neo shoes.
I do hope everyone is well and coping with staying at home , stay safe.
Linking with Mica for Weekday wear, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.