… to swing by Bootville, in the mid-afternoon, when school’s out early, the late winter sun is setting the back garden aglow, and the sweet scent of jasmine is wafting across the grass, don’t knock at the front door.  Come down the side, and through the gate – we’re in the garden!

take off the shoes

kick off your shoes … it’s okay, the dog hasn’t chewed a pair in years.  She’s so grown up now :-)

saved one for you

we’ve saved you a chocolate and raspberry sponge from Aviv’s!

picture book trying to count seeds

pull up a corner on the picnic blanket – we’re reading a lovely new picture book (yes, we still love and buy picture books!).  It’s all about what happens when you decide to throw caution to the wind and dare to do something a bit different.  With fabulous pictures.  And it’s Japanese.  And it’s by Mitsumasa Anno – what a gift to the world he is!

Fu chewing her stick

Fu will come bounding up every few moments to tell you all about a yummy stick she’s just found or an evil pigeon with dastardly plans she was brave enough to chase off.  To protect us, of course.  She’s not afraid of evil and dastardly pigeons.  It’s her job.

pencil case filling a new notebook

Abby’s writing a new story – currently planning out all the characters and locations – so she’ll probably ask you to contribute a name or an occupation – the crazier the better.

playset paper dolls and book

Perhaps you’d like to pull out whatever it is you love to do – bit of knitting, a good book, some stitching. If you’ve come empty handed you’re welcome to play with my new Pride and Prejudice paper dolls.  But I reserve the right to pop them all out.  You can put the stands on – they’re a bit tricksy.

proposals lizie darcy tableau

Aren’t they gorgeous!  And Fu didn’t steal a single one.  I told you she’s getting grown up at last.

writing novel reading

Then, whilst Abby gets down to the nitty-gritty of her tale, I might sneak a peak into my new novel.  You don’t mind do you.  I had to buy it.  As you can see, it’s called “We are all completely beside ourselves”.  This is one of my favourite phrases!  I use it ALL the time.  I am regularly completely beside myself – usually with delight, anticipation, or anxiety.  My response to Abby’s tales of school is usually “Goodness, the teacher must have been beside herself”.  When Mum tells me what the extended family are up to, I reckon they’re completely beside themselves as well.  Even my patients’ families are beside themselves – well of course they are.  As for the patients – they’re usually too sick to be beside themselves.

See – I had to have it.  And it’s by Karen Joy Fowler – I was completely beside myself with delight when I read her “Jane Austen Bookclub” especially when the only guy in the club suggested they read the Master and Commander books.  Practically leapt out of bed I was so beside myself at that point :-)  “Yes, yes, yes!” I shrieked to Julian, “Of course the Master and Commander books are utterly perfect for the Jane Austen fan.  Karen Joy Fowler and I are kindred spirits!”

“Uh-uh,” he replied.  He very rarely gets beside himself, completely or not.

And when the sun tips just that bit far to the west, and the air becomes colder and damp, we’ll traipse back inside and have a nice cup of tea.  You can choose which Moomin cup you’d like.  If you really want to endear yourself, I’ll let you unpick the remaining 12 windows in my patchwork house that need their curtains hung, whilst I “hang” said curtains.  It will be a lovely afternoon, I promise.

You just have to remember, if it’s mid afternoon and the late winter sun is out and the jasmine’s flowering – we’ll be out the back.

if you should happen …

5 thoughts on “if you should happen …

  • August 16, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Gosh I just l?ve reading your blog posts! They always put a smile on my face. Thank you.

  • August 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Sounds delightful. Just what I need right now. Rather cold up here this morning so we put a match to our fire just to cosy us up a bit. I’m having an anything goes day today. We’ll just see what evolves. That doesn’t happen around here to often. Have a super weekend.
    Blessings Gail.

  • August 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for such a kind welcoming invitation, such contentedness and peace abounds.
    If you take a peek into my backyard, the Winter sun is shining on the North facing deck where the hammock swings and there is knitting and a cuppa as I watch the sun moving behind the Jacaranda.If you are peckish there is rye toast and hommus or strawberry jam, all home made.
    When the chilly air sinks into my jumper I get a big quilt and wrap myself up to watch the sun go down in blissful warmth and comfort… slowly swinging.

  • August 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

    As always a lovely slice of your life. Feeling a tad bored day 26 post hysterectomy, chilling on the lounge has lost it’s initial appeal, lol.
    I absolutely LOVE the Pride & Prejudice paper dolls! I will be checking out Booko for them.

  • August 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Lily
    Delightful post! Love your P&P dolls. You know there is a P&P board game? You get tokens for correct answers to questions from the book as you take yourself and your partner (eg Elizabeth and Darcy) around the board, and the first to the Church wins!! It’s a favourite at our house.
    I’m very happy to know I’m not the only adult to buy children’s books. I’ve stopped trying to explain why, and simply enjoy the wonderful illustrations and gentle messages.
    Enjoy your Friday, Trudy x

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