We haven’t had a good, slow, cosy Saturday like this in a while … bliss! After some quick goings-out in the morning we embraced the cold, cold, bleak, rainy weather, closed the doors (locked the back door which kept blowing open!), stuffed the draft stoppers along the doorjambs, made hot drinks, gathered our supplies and set up camp in the front room.
With an added twist (giggle) … when hard rubbishing a while back, I found an old television. Now, anyone who notices hard rubbish knows that huge old televisions are a dime a dozen. Horrible things … I don’t know what the dumpers expect is going to happen – the ugly huge television fairy is going to come along and turn them into spring bluebells. Yeah right! However, I found a glorious old television set from the 1960s/70s with an elegant wooden case, gold tipped cigar shaped legs, all the knobs … looked like it came straight out of the Brady Bunch’s den. So we hefted it (boy was it heavy!) into the car and brought it home (cue mum: what on earth are you bringing this home for – it’s revolting!).
It no longer worked, so I pulled out it’s innards – long, heavy, sharp and dirty work, and gave the television and it’s knobs a lovely and thorough clean. I had visions of popping a flat screened television into it and bringing it back to life. Which could easily happen one day, just not any time soon – slight problem of cost :-) Instead, yesterday afternoon, Abby and I (with secretive chuckles and hunting of cords and power supplies – we didn’t want Julian to know what we were up to – it was a surprise) shoved an old flat screen computer monitor in there and attached it to Abby’s laptop. Voila! A working television :-)
So, to the accompaniment of sweet chattering, snuggling doggles, crochet, sewing and plotting (Abby’s working on a new original character), and whilst the wind HOWLED and eventually the rain settled in for the evening, we watched the beautiful Studio Ghibli films “My Neighbour Totoro” (my favourite – I adore everything about this film – their falling-down country house, Granny, her vegetable garden, the gorgeous father, the responsible big sister, the full-of-life little sister, the helpful neighbours, the marvellous teacher, the soot gremlins, the cat bus (man I LOVE the cat bus!) and of course Totoro – mwah! mwah!) and Spirited Away (a very close second – explores much more complex themes – really gets the family conversation going about the nature of good and bad and the care we need to take when we define one thing as more valuable than another – what the consequences are – Mr. Miyazaki is a gift to our world)
Oh it was good :-) So good! Now, the morning sun is shining – Julian is out bike riding, Abby’s still in bed and there’s washing that needs to be hung out. And I know, that when Abby finally stirs, she’s going to wishing for those wintery clouds to roll back in …