Sunday, May 11, 2008

Lovely lavender

I will attempt to write this post in the style of E.M. Delafield's "Diary of a Provincial Lady," with apologies to Ms. Delafield.

The connection between this style and the colour lavender will hopefully become apparent.

You should also note, as I did with much amazement, that Ms. Delafield's diary was published in 1930. Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones's Diary" was published in 1996.

May 11th: Awaken to discover husband and children still asleep. Dog discovered to be sleeping under a pink baby-blanket. Feel grave disappointment that blanket is not lavender. (Mem: must ask daughter if can take photo of her room).

Check blog. See usual suspects have checked in with witty and encouraging comments. Revisit turquoise in Sweden and Blue Mountains.

Hear the dulcet tones of "Guitar Hero." Son must be up.

Eat a lovely, solitary, breakfast of sourdough toast with butter and jam, and strong tea.

Consult just-awakened husband about lavender day. Husband seems unable to focus.

Supply husband with coffee and toast. Remark, perhaps sarcastically, that it is my hope he is enjoying mother's day so far.

Husband smiles sweetly. Find myself unable to remain sarcastic.

Breakfast conversation becomes general, although my thoughts are concerned solely with lavender, lavender, lavender, lavender.

Breakfast goes off well.

Return to library and begin perusing shelves. Am struck by large number of mustard-coloured books. (Mem: must remember this if ever need to create mustard-flavoured post again. This, however, is doubtful).

Eventually discover one tiny book which might be considered to be a lavender colour. It is, however, a DRIED lavender.

Photograph lavender. (Query: is it possible that I am addicted to blogging?)


I take note of lavender book's title and feel justified in my love for all things blogful. A blog, after all, is a diary, and as such cannot be termed a harmful, illegal drug.

Choose six other books in my attempt to encapsulate Colour Week.

Husband enters library and offers assistance.

Husband takes the seven books to back garden, claiming natural light may be better for photographing them. (Query: is this husband's way of saying I too might benefit from some sunshine and time away from the library?).

Take a satisfactory photo, but notice that have also captured hanging laundry in background. Husband obligingly offers to remove offending garments.


Husband agrees that photograph taken UNINTENTIONALLY does make a lovely mother's day gift. (Mem: must tell fellow bloggers not to comment on husband's beautifully framed posterior. Fear eurolush may be inappropriate).

Discover I have inadvertently placed olive before ocean. Blame husband for this error. Husband remains charming throughout.

Daughter awakens and assures me that there is MUCH lavender in her room, and it may be photographed.
Begin to read lavender book while standing in back garden in pyjamas.
Claim extreme exhaustion and declare my mother's day gift to be waiting for me upstairs, in my bed. Family is relieved to be rid of me.
Read lavender book in bed, gleefully, while enjoying a bar of Green & Black's organic bittersweet dark chocolate. (Mem: must remember to restock night-table drawer).
Arrive downstairs two hours later in elevated mood. Take photograph of daughter's lavender jewellery.


Also photograph lavender decoration daughter has placed on rubbish bin.

And that's all folks!!!!!!!!!!!
Well...almost... I would like to thank ANNA - THANK YOU ANNA FOR INVITING ME INTO YOUR BLOG AND SHARING YOUR LOVE OF COLOUR WITH ME. I would also like to thank MARY - THANK YOU MARY FOR INVITING ME INTO YOUR BLOG AND FOR INTRODUCING ME TO YOUR FRIEND ANNA.
And I would also like to thank all of the READERS WHO COMMENTED DURING COLOUR WEEK - COLOUR WEEK IS NOTHING WITHOUT ITS AUDIENCE!!!!!!!!
May every week be a colourful week for us all!

10 comments:

Anna said...

1.Well done! You made it through the entire colour week - and what a spectacular outcome!!
2.Later on I think we can all say that we first read E's diary in blogland, that's when you're published and making heaps of money...
3.Daugther clearly talented!
4.Husband seems very nice - from every angle presented.
5.Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing and giving.

eurolush said...

Eleanor, I promise not to mention your husband's beautifully framed posterior.

There will be no mention of the words "beautiful," "posterior," or "husband" in this comment section.

In fact, you can be asured there will be NO inappropriate "beautifully framed posterior" references, jokes or asides AT ALL.

This will be a "beautifully framed posterior" free-zone.

But if I somehow DO, unintentionally, mention your husband's beautifully framed posterior, which again, I am NOT planning to do, and am MOST DEFINITELY avoiding, I hope you will forgive me.

Sometimes the harder I try NOT to mention something, like for example, your husband's "beautifully framed posterior," the harder it is for me to stop thinking about it.

MUST CHANGE SUBJECT.

HAVE TO RE-READ POST TO FIND ADDITIONAL SUBJECT MATTER.

Okay, we're good. Moving on...

I particularly enjoyed the part in your post about blogging not being a harmful, illegal drug. That comforts me. Now I can tell my husband and children to stop with the intervention plans.

Suse said...

I think from now on we should all blog after the manner of Ms Delafield.

bluemountainsmary said...

It has been a fun week and as Eurolush has said previously it has been so good to see how differently we have all tackled it.

After a decent interval I suggest that you come up with a theme week , then Eurolush, then me -what do you think?

I loved your contribution today (and the photos of your husband!!) - my contribution will be done on Monday on the grounds that it might still be Sunday in Sweden.

Duyvken said...

Love the pic of husband hanging laundry, he did indeed select an appropriate day! Happy mother's day!

blackbird said...

Your husband is cute as HELL.
Nice butt too.

(I think we should all post pictures of our unsuspecting spouses - K's hair is especially morning-ish right now.)

kmkat said...

This reader must admit to being totally baffled as to the lovely wooden object framing the lavender book. Much head-scratching and squinting at monitor has occurred. Brain is slowly sizzling on the hot griddle of uncertainty. Please to explain before said brain shrivels into tiny blackened cinder incapable of further thought.

Husband's tush is unbearably cute when framed. Need I or anyone else mention that the sight of husbandly figure engaged in laundry endeavor (or vacuuming or loading/emptying dishwasher or scrubbing bathroom) makes us hot? I thought not.

Badger said...

Well, dang. I missed out on being the first to comment on your husband's hot ass. Moving on, then....

It's too bad you didn't have a Dagoba Lavender chocolate bar instead of the Green & Blacks. Hello, how appropo would that have been?! Although personally, I think the Dagoba tastes like chocolate that's been dipped in massage oil.

Which brings me back to your husband's ass.

I'll show myself out then, shall I?

Eleanor said...

This is the best comment box I have ever received. I love you all dearly.

Anna - you made my week, and my daughter's day.

Eurolush - laughing out loud!! By the way, word of warning, discovered husband is reading your blog...he said to me last week, and I quote "did you see eurolush's chimney cleaner?" I kid you not.

Suse - Yes, let us all do so. She is, I believe, the patron saint of bloggers.

Mary - Theme week challenge accepted, hesitantly, as fear nothing can ever be as blissful as Anna's colour week.

Duyvken - Yes, most appropriate day. I knew you'd understand.

bb - You know we are now all salivating at prospect. You are indeed a tease.

kmkat - Brown thing is actually just a wooden shelf at an odd angle. Book is also in its box-cover, most of my Grandpa's books have such covers. I imagine that's most disappointing...sorry. And I just knew you'd appreciate the husbandly laundry pose.

badger - Dude! I'll read my comments from the bottom up (ahem) just so you can be the first to comment on the hot ass.

alice c said...

I was going to make an intelligent and informed comment about lavender but I have been distracted by the pictures of errrrr....the books. And the intelligent and informed comment has just vanished.