19.1.11

a virtual coffee & a little sunshine...

uggies on...teapot in hand...
let's catch up...virtual coffee...frost & all...
it's tuesday...so you take the regular beloved pink chair...pop your feet up on the pouf & lets catch up...
it's still b****y freezing here...maybe it's an aussie thing...
maybe i'm just in need of some heat...sun...& sand between the toes...
so this week i'm going to be harping on about the little hot spots in my english day...



if we were really catching up...uggies on...teapot brewing...
you may well ask about the shells strewn all over this big old english country house...
they remind us of home...
& travels abroad...
audrey uses them in her story telling...
her littlest pet shop figurines eat most meals out of them...
for me...particularly at this time of year in old blighty...they remind me of sunshine...
little beautiful shapes of sunshine...


if you are sharing this virtual coffee with me from somewhere still in the throws of winter...
you will totally understand my current obsession with moving 'round the house...
following the fall of the sun...there's no heat...at the moment it's a *light* thing...
an english documentary today commented on this having been the coldest english winter in 100 years...
even though we had many days of gorgeous brilliant sunlight...
for an aussie gal used to a sunscreen nose...sandy feet...& salty days...
the simple quiet of a freezing day of snow...& clear beautiful sunlight was nothing short of heaven...
heaven in our own backyard...


but now that the snow has gone...& the sun still has no warmth...today i'm a little over it all...
so in lieu of a long hot week swimming in the maldives...i'm acting as though spring is just around the corner & i'm cleaning out cupboards & drawers like a woman posessed!
if we were really having coffee today...
you'd probably leave this house with a big ol' bag of goodies under your arm...
i'm very ruthless when i need to be...
something i've loved i can suddenly desperately need to pass on...
something the hubster or the kiddos still love...i can also desperately need to pass on...!
do you ever hit that point...
organisation won't bring me any closer to warmer weather but it will get me rolling positively into this new year towards spring...!


if we were really sharing a big lovely pot of tea in my front sitting room...
the one that catches all the light through it's bay windows...
i would ask you how your year was going so far...
resolutions aren't really my thing...but maybe they're yours...
maybe you'd talk me into having a few for 2011...
maybe i could take over some of yours...
you know...if you made your list a little long...
one of the loveliest new years resolutions i came across was from my gorgeous friend laura who writes the blog *a place for tea*...
she is simply aiming to *smile every morning*...
to remember the small moments before her day begins...
how delightfully positive & inspirational is that...!


if we were really reaching the bottom of the pot here in my sitting room...
maybe i'd think about rolling with the seasons again...
maybe if you're visiting from somewhere warm...
& are wearing the spare pair of guest uggies i found for you, with your sun frock...
you'd remind me of the travels i am planning on this side of the globe this year...
anything to take my mind off the long dark january days of an english winter...
that's why i am spending a ridiculous amount of time visiting my southern hemisphere bloggy friends...
like the inspirational lovliness that is sarah in her beach cottage, a stones throw from our beach house back in sydney...
i just sit & stare at the light in their pictures...


& if we were really sitting in this treasured pocket of front room sunshine & light together...
you'd not go to the kitchen to make another pot...
you'd stay right where you are...
on the gorgeous pink chair with a magazine, or maybe one of my books, for a while...
& i'd sit near you...
both reading quietly till the kiddos needing collecting...the cat feeding...the homework doing...
the dinner serving & the football run done...
hows that sound?


if we'd really caught up this morning
i'd say stay as long as you like
i'm going to fold fabric
you know sort out my sewing studio
start of the new year & all
spring months away & all just round the corner & all
i'll pop us on another pot
sprinkle the tray with shells 
& we can pretend we're somewhere warm...

xxx

thanks for having us for coffee as usual miss.amy
my favourite virtual catch up of the week
&
thanks for the link up...the sunshine of oz...
& your beach cottage inspiration miss.sarah
happy to do this with you any time!!

xxx








14 comments:

  1. Seashells strewn here too - memories from summer days vacationing at the beach. There are a few outside too, but currently buried under snow. If you feel the need to be brutal with sorting more closets, you are welcome here anytime!
    xo Cathy

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  2. Hi there... still smiling! Funny, I was chatting to my Mum this morning and she told me that she was having a good clean out. I guess spring is in the air... not here in NJ though, it's definitely winter. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a hoarder though, so spring cleaning generally involves me shifting things into the attic... the hubby say's at some point the floor will cave in under the sheer weight of c**p we have up there... now that would be bad! Take care. Lx

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  3. Goodmorning sunshine!
    Sitting here, before the morning rush-kids-hour, in pj's and scarf reading about your cold winter, well, I fully agree, let spring be here!
    Enjoy your wednesday,
    Maureen x

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  4. oh Lord Melissa, I am so OVER winter here, enough already. I mean I am trying to stay positive and tell myself things like "if we didn't have the cold days we wouldn't appreciate the warm days"...but i am tired of lying to myself! the sun has not been shining much at all and it takes a toll on this crazy mama, i can handle the cold but i need sunlight! here's to hoping there are sunny days ahead for us both or i really will need to buy stock in the local wine company! : ) thanks for coffee (or tea) as always, i love visiting you because i feel like i am really sitting with you having a cup...it's your way of writing, i just love it! have a wonderful day!

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  5. Beautiful photos. I love shells! They remind me of a day at the beach when I need it most.

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  6. I know Melissa...bring back the snow! Even if it means 10' colder...I don't care! Yes, I have been doing the same, popping in to see Sarah, isn't she addictive...her photography is beautiful! Now I don't want to upset you...but we are heading home soon for 3 weeks of sunshine (and my son's 21st birthday bash)...cannot wait to get some sun on my bod. Trouble is have to lose 5 kg in 3 weeks...got the heathrow injection when we arrived!!! Robx

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  7. Oh, Sweets! It really sounds like you've had a *beastly* winter this year. I just cannot comprehend the thought of sunlight with no warmth. Hang in there, my friend! J x

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog, I can't imagine a cold January, its steamy hot here!

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  9. Beautiful, warm photos. Just what I needed because it's freezing cold here too!
    ☺ Celeste

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  10. It may be cold
    in my part of the
    world...WELL, actually,
    beastly cold {think
    high of 12 degrees F}
    but it is delightfully
    SUNNY, so I'm sending
    you an extra heaping
    helping of sunshine
    today, Melissa! Enjoyed
    my tea, my mag, the
    fire, my cozy Uggs and
    of course, your sparkling
    conversation!!
    xx Suzanne

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  11. I'm like a lizard at this time of year: I have to stand in direct sunlight! Is it raining where you are? We've had nothing but rain in Bath for days and days and days :(

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  12. Oh Melissa, I can hear your longing and I get it! I feel like that every winter here in Tasmania. And I chase those feeble rays of sunshine around the house too, even though they disappear behind the mountain by about 3 o'clock... But it's summer here now, obviously, although not very warm. Definitely not beach weather, so I have my uggies on too if it's any consolation. Although we do have long long days of sunlight and the garden is growing like blazers.

    I love the long shadows in winter sunshine and your pictures capture them perfectly. Even the little shells have long shadows. Have you tried a vitamin D supplement? It might give your body a of what it's (chemically) missing out on this time of year...

    x Sarah

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  13. Your picture....just beautiful...your commentary....priceless. Come visit me in a lovely winter garden in full sunshine...it will make you dream of sunshine days. I will follow you and I hope you do the same. Lovely post!

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