What do a light bulb, a hollyhock plant and fifteen half used balls of wool have in common?
At first glance, nothing springs to mind but those three little things all contributed to a very positive frame of mind at the weekend.
Let's start at the beginning, with the lightbulb. The one that was in the light above the table in our dining room; the one which blew on Thursday evening. Not just any old lightbulb, but a special globe shaped, opaque coloured, dimmable one. We had no spare, and it was not one that could be added to an online grocery order. A reason to go into town!
So with a reason to go into town, and with our son's imminent birthday and no shops being open for suitable presents, I ordered him some Levis from John Lewis to be picked up at our local Waitrose. I could kill two birds with one stone. On the way into the shop they had a display of plants on offer - four for £12. One of the varieties on sale was hollyhocks - the exact plants we had decided would look nice growing up against the garden fence which we have painted grey. It was meant to be! Jeans collected, hollyhocks (and a lupin) bought, I then walked to the shop which I knew would be open and which also sold the right bulbs. Once in there, I also picked up some new gardening clogs for Paul, and a few other gardening bits and bobs which we needed.
It was perfect gardening weather and once I'd returned home, had a coffee and changed into old clothes, we spent a happy day tidying up the flower beds and planting up the new plants. The more we looked, the more little signs of spring were discovered. It honestly made such a difference to our moods!
So if the bulb hadn't blown, I wouldn't have gone into town (I'd have ordered the jeans to be delivered to home) I wouldn't have seen the plants and we probably wouldn't have felt inspired to spend the day in the garden.
What else? Oh yes, the wool. I've finished my blanket - I'm so pleased with it, and especially love the border to it.
But it only used half the wool I bought. Which seems a bit of a waste right? What's a girl to do?
Start a new blanket to use up the left overs!