Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It feels like winter

13 degrees C. seems to be the top temperature today.  It is one of those cloudy days with a chill wind from the south.  I walked into Kamo first thing but then came home and lit the trusty pot-belly stove.  I have had some beef shins and veggies simmering most of the day making a stock for some vegetable soup.

Over the past week I have had a few walks and also visited my other half who is going more and more into his own world.  I am keeping busy and feel that I am winning the battle.  Visiting day again tomorrow.

I have just lit the woodburner and will now let the pot-belly stove go out.  While I roasted the shins prior to boiling them I also roasted some mushrooms and had them for lunch with creamy polenta.  It was absolutely delicious.

 An odd assortment of flowers from the garden this week.  Alstroemeria, rhododendron, and a solitary anemone (I wanted to spell that anenome which is how I have always pronounced it).  There are still a few roses out in the garden but not good for picking.
 Kath is quite happy whether it is in the sun or, on sunless days before the fire.
 The pot belly stove in its alcove with the shin stock on top and a kettle heating for a cuppa on the trivet on the side.
The log burner that I have just lit.  The piece of bamboo in the blue vase on the left was here as a poker when we arrived three years ago and is still going strong - just the same length.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely cosy home to sit and enjoy your vegetable soup and a nice cup of tea.

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  2. I've just checked the temperature here. Guess what; it's also 13 C. Lovely pot-bellied stove.

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    1. I thought you had the swimming pool open - you are a lot tougher than me.

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    2. Open and empty, for the moment.

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  3. There is nothing more cozy than sitting by a fire on a col winter day.

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  4. It feels like winter here in Wales and it's meant to be summer, Susan! It's been as low as 9C at mid-day recently and we've been lighting the woodburner too. Lovely flowers and yes, that's how I grew up pronouncing anemone. :-)

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    1. I think I will be sticking to anenome sounds better to me and I am too old to change now. Wow, that is cold for spring/summer.

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  5. I like the look of winter cat bundles even more than long summer cats. They do make an art of the nap.

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  6. Lovely flowers in winter, they look so bright. Cold here, all is white outside,cosy in by the fire.Your pot belly site so well with the bricks. Cheers from Jean.

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    1. Keep warm down there. The bricks around the pot belly get lovely and warm and radiate the heat out. There is usually a cat in behind the stove.

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  7. I call them anenomes too :) Your house looks so cosy and warm. The weather has been wet and cold here too.

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  8. We went to a garden centre once and one of the 'staff' called them annymones! I doubt he was a gardening person. Love your flowers. Alstroemeria last a long time in a vase. It all looks so cosy at your home.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  9. Thank goodness for stoves!

    Kay :)

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