Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Homework

Headmistress, I did debate pretending that I'd missed the deadline for handing it in, but I have managed it in between making tea and taking delivery of another skip!

WOOZLE1967

W is for warmth. I love the permeating warmth from the Rayburn. It gently wraps its arms around you and draws you in, enticing you to lean against its shiny chrome bar. The steam gently swirls from the spout of the kettle and crumpets sizzle on the hot plates. The heart and soul of our home.

O is for outside. Living in the countryside, being able to gaze from the window at undulating fields and listen to the uninterrupted sounds of nature. Whatever the weather, there is something beautiful and ever changing as the landscape moves through the seasons, bringing new delights to marvel at. From the first glimpses of Spring poking through the dark soil; the sound of birdsong; lengthening days with the promise of things to come: next is the full-on greenness and colour of Summer; casting off our heavy winter clothes and feeling the sun kissing our skin; the sound of buzzards calling in the thermals above the garden; the scents of cottage garden flowers; dining al fresco well into the lighter evenings: and then my favourite time of year – Autumn. Autumn sneaks up on you but then who can mind that when it brings presents of reds and golds to adorn our trees, followed by the crunching and swooshing of tramping through fallen leaves; the smell of log smoke curling up from the chimney and early morning mists. Then last, but not least, Winter – spiders’ webs glimmering in the frost or early morning dew, looking like they have been decorated with tiny diamonds; the stark silhouette of branches against the sky; crunching through newly fallen snow; being able to peep through lamp lit cottage windows at scenes of cosy country living and picturing the roaring fire, glass of red wine on the side and piles of throws, blankets and cushions. I am a terrible nosey parker and can’t help but glance in through such windows – they tease me and call to me to look in at the hidden domestic delights that only weave their magic at this time of year.

O again and back to outside. Oak trees. I know others have mentioned these trees for all the same reasons as me. These majestic trees epitomize everything English countryside. Living on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire borders, many of the local houses here are timber framed and we live fairly near to the “Black and White Trail” which joins many Herefordian villages together, such as Weobley, Pembridge, Eardisley, Dilwyn to name but a few. We are using green oak to construct two porches as part of our extension works and I have been stock-piling clippings and down loading pictures of oak porches for our carpenter to get his chisel into!

Z. Oh, blimey. I guess it has to be zeal. I am often accused of being like an over-zealous puppy. I talk too much, wave my arms around and have a terrible habit of interrupting. Or Zester as I couldn’t live without mine and it gets plenty of use in our kitchen. We love to cook and whether it is on the Rayburn, electric cooker or barbeque, this little device has seen its way through a plethora of limes, lemons and oranges.

L is for lavender. I adore this plant and it is my signature scent in my Home Scents cleaning products. If you haven’t heard of this company, visit their website as it is full of wonderful products that do not contain ANY chemicals at all. Their bathroom cleaner is amazing and I can still smell it hours after cleaning.

E is for earth. I love my garden and one of the simplest pleasures is to feel the earth running through my fingers. It never ceases to amaze me that putting a seed or bulb into the earth and then, with the right conditions, it can yield a crop of wonderful flowers, cereals or fruits and vegetables. The earth can nurture and produce our food or, in complete reverse, you can bury something and it will rot away. How amazing is that?

And finally - 1967. No prizes for guessing it’s the year of my birth!

13 comments:

@themill said...

Lovely Woozle, but I thought you only had one z? Can't believe you can write so calmly when you have McAlpine outside your door!
My Aga is out for the sweep today and I just miss that all encompassing warmth so much!

Faith said...

Oh gorgeous - think I will have to attempt to do my name. We've just put the aga back on - oil is so expensive. I adore my red aga! Interested in your cleaning products site - must have a look.

Suffolkmum said...

I was thinking the same about there only being one z!! Blame it on the builders! Lovely blog. I'm so with you on the Rayburn, though we've actually got an Aga (another red one!) but I actually always wanted a Rayburn. So with you on the oak trees, and the countryside, and the earth ... great stuff.

Tattie Weasle said...

I'm going to go to Mum's and cuddle the Aga on Thursday - I do so miss having one! Dear Charlie wasn't raised on them and thinks they are awful...still I've got a semi Aga?rayburn in the Alphs but it isn't quite the same....
Lovely blog....

muddyboots said...

interesting stuff there, especially oak & earth.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Lovely - well done - no house points deducted . . .have you really got two zs . . .Um I think Zester was a bit . . .well . . .you know . . .but the rest was excellent and my favourite time of year is Autumn as well.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I love your description of 'O'. Both of them. Great homework, worthy of an A+ I would say.

Crystal xx

Woozle1967 said...

Yes - you noticed! Doing homework whilst otherwise distracted causes errors! Have amended my spellings (tsk, my own name too!) and now have only one Z!!x

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Oh that is very immpressive!

Pondside said...

Very clever of you Woozle!
Good luck with that extension! We are having one put on the house - or rather we are planning one to be put on the back of the house. Ideas, we have many - builder have we none! Things are so crazy in the building trades here that we will have to wait until January before anyone will come to give us a quote!

Pipany said...

Oh you are back Woozle - how did I miss that? Lovely to read your blog again and a beautiful list too. The earth through your fingers - know exactly what you mean. xx

Exmoorjane said...

Lovely lovely gorgeousness indeed. Glad you reminded me about the cleaning website - did go and look when you first talked about it, but got distracted and logged off before had a chance to buy. jxxx

ChrisH said...

Hi Woozle! Good to see you blogging - reading your list you sound like a very contented Woozle, lovely to read.