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Learning How To Be Kind To Yourself

A Treat-Cakes Made By Someone Else, Rocking Dog

A Treat-Cakes Made By Someone Else

Life has been somewhat fraught in the Rocking Dog Kennel. Dealing with the social, physical and health needs of an elderly relative can be so exasperating. Obviously, this care need is not in isolation. There are so many other things and indeed people, which are in life’s rich and diverse eclectic mix. Therefore this weekend I attempted to batten down the hatches, regroup and gather my strength. It’s often difficult learning how to be kind to yourself. Women in particular can feel very guilty about taking time out. It’s almost unheard of to hear a woman say “Do you fancy 36 holes next week?!”

Saturday I did a very spontaneous drive to Box, Wiltshire to the lovely Vintage Jumble. Stallholders were friendly (especially lovely, lovely Katherine) and organisers Jayne Soule and Michele Mountstephen couldn’t have been kinder. The Malteser Tiffin was truly delicious, and do you know the very best thing about it? It was that I hadn’t made it- a real treat! Although I arrived midway through the sale there were still lovely things to buy. I particularly loved the Winnie the Pooh fabric and a nostalgic 1960’s wooden tuck shop which I have squirreled away. There are also some odd dolls, one which I rather think must be a Holy Communion doll, more bilge for the kids to clear out when i’m old and crusty! I enjoyed the drive back listening to my dreamboat Bill Turnbull on Classic FM. Life was definitely looking up. Not the keenest of drivers I however, would have liked to have kept on driving, just me and Bill!

Domestic stuff occupied the remainder of the day. No TV, no radio, just me and my duster. Yes this really is me being kind to myself! I then embarked on cleaning brass and silver… it really is strangely calming for the soul, and polished picture frames, door knobs and beds are so satisfyingly shiny! In the evening Andyman was off piping, so it was just me and the dog. How soothing to stroke the loyal but everso slightly grumpy Real Live Rocking Dog.

I am ashamed to say it was a real pyjama day on Sunday, with more domestic stuff done in peace. Flowers picked from the garden, a glass of wine, a foamy scented bath and I feel as if I have been kind to myself. The house is cleaner and that ultimately makes me feel happier. The ironing pile remains perilously high, but nights where sleep doesn’t come easily will soon sort that!

So….. I’m ready for whatever the week throws at me. Mother In Law, I don’t have a wooden heart, be kind to me!

What are the things you do to be kind to YOURSELF? Please tell all. Have a lovely week. Love Rocking Dog x

PS. Special thanks to Clive R. You were SO thoughtful, reassuring and logical.

Vintage Pooh Purchase, Rocking Dog

Vintage Pooh Purchase

Kitsch Puzzle Brooches, Rocking Dog

Kitsch Puzzle Brooches

Odd Dolls, Rocking Dog

Odd Dolls

A Walk In The Park, Rocking Dog

A Walk In The Park

Brass Polishing, Calming For The Soul

Brass Polishing, Calming For The Soul

I Don't Have A Wooden Heart!, Rocking Dog

I Don’t Have A Wooden Heart!

Dealing With Domesticities In The Rocking Dog Kennel

Hanging Washing Umbrian Style, Rocking Dog

Hanging Washing Umbrian Style

The sun has been shining and I have been dealing with domesticities in the Rocking Dog Kennel! One of my great pleasures in life is to hang out washing, and believe it or not there are a few of us about! I think there is always the promise of sweet smelling wrinkle free laundry after a day on the line. I also love the sound of the pegs clanking into the enamel pail. Where this bucket came from has been lost in the mists of time. Most probably it was picked up at the flea market in the beautiful city of Nijmegen when we were living just over the border in Germany 30 years ago. Dating from the early 1900’s its original purpose was as a vegetable bucket. No fridges, plastic boxes pre-cut, pre-peeled cellophane’d bags for these hardy Dutch folk.

I even like photographing washing on lines whenever I travel. How bizarre to see laundry hung against the mellow walls of an ancient water lapped Venetian palazzo or strung against a brightly coloured fisherman’s house in Burano. I loved the washing hung between gnarled olive trees in the garden at the agriturismo in Orvieto two Novembers ago. Hanging washing in Hambrook doesn’t feel quite so romantic by comparison.

Though I love hanging washing, and get great joy from folding washing I am not the greatest fan of ironing. The paper on our bedroom wall pays homage to ironing, and every morning for the last fifteen years or so I have loved waking up to the domestic images. A can of starch and a good tv drama make the task of ironing somewhat more bearable.

On Friday I had a wonderful man here to sort Beloved Bernina, she certainly wasn’t sewing her best. I can really recommend Mark of Cathedral Sewing Machines. Apparently despite the popularity of sewing there are so few sewing machine service/repair engineers left. We discussed The Great British Sewing Bee and how the programme effects his business. Suddenly people remember a long forgotten Singer treadle machine in the attic, and need it sorted to zig zag, hem, baste and smock. Thankfully beloved Bernina is back on best form and ready to deal with table runners, waiters aprons, wigwam and …. THE wedding coat! There are also some Christmas projects to complete for a pitch. Thank you Mark for weaving your sewing machine magic. Busy times ahead!

Friday night I cooked a simple curry for house guests. I was very indecisive regarding a pudding so I arranged strawberries, blueberries, chocolate covered figs, cantucci, cream and crushed praline meringues on a board. I just said “Dive in” and people did… a dessert in moments. What a lazy cook I am becoming!

Whatever the week brings for you I hope there’s the sun and inclination to hang out a little bit of laundry!

The Venetian Way, Rocking Dog

The Venetian Way

Laundry In Burano...Rocking Dog

Laundry In Burano…

..& In Hambrook!, Rocking Dog

..& In Hambrook!

Vintage Laundry, Rocking Dog

Vintage Laundry

Peg Bucket, Rocking Dog

Peg Bucket

Wash Day Wallpaper

Wash Day Wallpaper

Pretty Ironing Pile, Rocking Dog

Pretty Ironing Pile

Beloved Bernina!, Rocking Dog

Beloved Bernina!

Throw Together Pud'!, Rocking Dog

Throw Together Pud’!