Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, May 8th, 2018

Outside my window ...

I got all my soft herbs planted yesterday, there is another long trough of them on the other side of the pots.  I have two kind of thyme, chives, two kinds of sage, oregano, lavendar, rosemary, sweet woodruff, lemon verbena, and sorrell. I will have to plant my basil from seed. 

I am thinking ...
 We had such a beautiful weekend weatherwise.  It was a lovely bank holiday weekend and I hope there is more to come.  Warm and sunny days that is.  You cannot beat being in England on a warm, sunny day. It is the most beautiful place on earth.

In the kitchen ...


Today I am talking about how to make the best Pasta Salads ever with a trio of delicious choices and all of my tips. 

On my "To Cook" list ...

New York Times. Rhubarb Upsidedown Cake. Looks gorgeous.  I love rhubarb cakes.

Good to Know ...

From Mom 4 Real. Easy peasy. 

I am creating ...

Loopingly Made.  Crochet Watch Strap. 

Of Photos and Paper,  a tea party remembrance book. Very pretty. Complete tutorial, paper bag booklet.

Just Be Crafty.  Crochet Farmer's Market Bag.  

The Humbled Homemaker. How to create a family traditions cookery book.  

 E How, how to make some really pretty Tea-Bag Favours.  These are Bridal ones but you could adapt them to any occasion.

I am reading ...

After You Left, by Carol Mason

You want to know what the worst thing is? It’s not the embarrassment, or the looks on people’s faces when I tell them what happened. It isn’t the pain of him not being there—loneliness is manageable. The worst thing is not knowing why.

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces. Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It’s a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice’s life.

As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places…

Just beginning this.

Looking forward to ...


Feeding the Missionaries later today.  Love having them in our home.  They always leave such a lovely spirit with us. 

Dreaming about  ... 

Pretty little herb markers  . . . 


 Exceptionally pretty pillow slips  . . .  

Lily of the Valley  . . . 


Apartments for birds  . . . 

Shabby and Chic  . . .  

Something to Watch ... 


Only the Lonely. Its funny. Its sweet.  One of my favourites.  

A Place to Visit ...

Baden Baden in the Black Forest in Germany. I lived there as a child, and my sister was born there.  It is a beautiful town. Todd and I visited about 10 years ago now.

A quote for the day ...

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For the longest time I thought I just needed to be organised.
Now I know, I just needed less stuff. ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ. 
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Some food for thought here  . . . 

Makes me smile ...

Its reading time  . . . 

Corners of my Kingdom ...


The beautiful city of Bath in Wiltshire.  This is near where Sybil lives  . . . 

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆

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Have a beautiful day!  Don't forget! 

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And I do too! 


  1. Hi Marie, great daybook. I love pasta salad, I think I could actually live on it! I'm trying to cut down on my carbs though, so difficult.

    I love Bath, Sybil is so lucky! I have been a few times but my favourite is the Christmas markets. They are the best I've been to in the UK. It's the whole atmosphere of the place that makes it special.

    What a glorious weekend it's been! Here in New Brighton it has been chocca block! All the beaches have been full with day trippers, it's lovely to see it buzzing! There was a continental market for the weekend as well selling various things but mainly delicious food!

    Have a lovely week, lot's of love xxx

    1. We will have to make a trip to Bath for the Christmas markets Kate, and to New Brighton for the continental market. Do they have it every weekend? I would love that! Love and hugs, xoxo

  2. Hi, Marie! LOVELY to see all you have growing there for this spring/summer season! We've been in the garden lots, adding new things, sowing veggie seeds... hope to share more soon. It's been so nice to have some warmer, sunnier days here lately too! Pasta salads...mmm...wonderful for warmer days! What a great idea is taht crocheted watch strap--pretty too! I love the look of crochet bags, but I find they sag a lot if they're made of cotton, so I stopped making them after two I had bit the dust... haha! Those Bridal Tea Bag favors are very sweet--so nice for a bridal shower. Your currently reading sounds mysterious, and a little sad... How lovely you'll be feeding the Missionary boys today. :) LOVELY to see the German town where you once lived--beautiful place!! BATH one of the most beautiful place on this great earth...*sigh*... how we would love to go back there! :))) Wishing a great new week now, my friend! LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH, you know that??!! ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

    1. I love this time of year Tracy, but then I say that about every time of year, lol. I guess I just love life! Love you so much also! Love to TJ and Luna as well! God bless. ((((hugs)))))) xoxo

  3. I too love pasta salads. They often make a meal for me. Glad you are having some warmer days. I hope to plant some herbs soon. I like having the fresh ones on hand for cooking. That quote at the end is true....having less stuff makes a difference. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday !

    1. I could make a meal of them also Pam, and you can put anything into them! Hope your Tuesday is equally blessed! xoxo

  4. Same here w/ gardens and sun..I think when sun first apperas and a touch of warmth we say this is the best place to live!!LOL

    yesterday around 4 we sat on the deck for a bit..and I said:"Just like Provence":)

    Love pasta salads..I chatted about that to you in your kitchen:)
    The missionaries must love going to your home? Do you follow Purple Chocolate Home? I think she is Mormon too..her son was a..or still is a missionary..

    1. I spoke too soon earlier Monique, the sun has disappeared and the temperature has dropped by about 10 degrees and it is going to rain. I had thought we might eat outdoors on the patio, but not now! I will have to check out Purple Chocolate Home. Is it a blog or on Instagram?? xoxo

    2. Both!!

      And are you going to castle Cottage? I HOPE SO

    3. Following! I am so disappointed about Castle Cottage. I had a letter with a Mammo appointment and it is on the 11th. I was really disappointed. These appointments are like hen's teeth and with the history of BC in my family I can't miss it. I guess CC was just not meant to be. :-(

    4. Sometimes I wish I was not so responsible. :(

  5. Marie...can you come to Bath for the Christmas market ?..just read above that you maybe could...that would be my highlight of Christmas....forgot to tell you I have managed to get my new lightweight wheelchair..it's going to be great as it will now fit into anyone's car boot it's still very heavy I think but a man or strong woman could lift it without too much trouble. This means a promised visit next year to the US might be on the horizon !....sorry not to have commented last few days but you know how it is. I keep having to go back days to find the blog address. Xxxx

    1. I would love to Sybil, not that I would have any money to spend, but if its the best it would be nice to see, but mostly it would be nice to see you! xoxo


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