Monday, 10 January 2011

This Year's Good Resolutions , One Week Further On .

Sonata:
Jinksy , in napple notes , asked in her entry Are They Fading Already ? , what had happened to our New Year's Resolutions .

Well , I had deliberately chosen two easy-peasy ones and one almost impossible one so , to my surprise , one week later , I've done it !
The first one , Always to eat off a pretty plate , was certainly the easiest , given a cupboard full of jumble sale finds . Though today there was a slight hiatus , given a sudden change of plan which resulted in lunch being a banana sliced into a crunchy wholemeal roll , no plate available ... or , in fact , needed . But yesterday , for instance , even that Scottish staple , red lentil soup


looked slightly more refined in Swedish pottery .

As for the second , Exercise more ? As you can see the armstretching and bending is a great success



In fact , I've discovered that , in the right company , it can rapidly segue into a rousing rendition of "Head , Shoulders , Knees and Toes " which warms one up wonderfully and has to be good for one .

And the third , Buy a dress ? I've cracked it ! On a trip to Delft on Saturday , totally unexpectedly , I found THE dress ! It's not too tailored , nor is it alarmingly floral and it should take me to almost any social event 2011 can throw at me



The fact that it's hanging on the wall of a museum , Het Prinsenhof , is a mere detail . Now all I need to do is persuade H&M to make up this little number from the painter Anthonie Palamedesz 's "Elegant Company In An Interior " in my size for the Spring .

In fact , the whole day in Delft was a surprise and a delight . I hadn't expected it to be so pretty and , on an admittedly blustery January day , so devoid of tourists .
Yes , there were tiles and blue and white pottery .... even a blue and white caravan



But not all the tiles were blue and white anyway . I really wanted this parrot for my kitchen



but sadly it was firmly attached to yet another wall , this time in in the Lambert van Meerten museum .

The town is small , cosy and very pretty , is full of lovely museums housed in stunning buildings , and has one of the nicest greengrocers I've ever been into . " Of course you can buy one apple , mevrouw , which one one would you like? And a mandarin ? Certainly." I didn't ask if they had a pretty plate to put them on or they would no doubt have leapt to oblige . I must go back again , soon .

So what should I resolve for the 51 weeks left of 2011 ?

8 comments:

mrs smith said...

I love your blog.

rachel said...

Oh, after that gorgeous dress, definitely finding a hat to go with it......

And what about using the lovely old silver teaspoon that lies forgotten in the cutlery drawer? You know you have one...

And locating those keep fit items (hand weights, stretchy band thing, fitness videos, pedometer, etc) that have gathered in obscure corners over the years and GIVING THEM AWAY?

Rattling On said...

Scary parrot! I think you should now only use proper cups and saucers, and maybe a tray with a cloth...

Marcheline said...

As to your last question: Dance in your livingroom to Cuban folk music. It's amazing!

Deborah said...

Now that made me laugh. You're a clever one....

colleen said...

Such a brilliant and civilised resolution! Dare you to take on RO's suggestion next.

You may have to compromise on the frock, though...

Liz said...

Does that lady look slightly out of proportion to you? Or is it me?

I am rapidly rediscovering how to sing Head, shoulders, knees and toes, without even thinking about the words. And it is good exercise.

Recipe, please, for that lovely red lentil soup.

Duyvken said...

I love red lentil soup!