Monday, 21 January 2008

In The Bleak Midwinter

The temperature has plunged in the last few days and we really are experiencing the bleak midwinter. This morning we awoke to -12 C with a wind chill of -22 C. I haven't been out since Saturday morning and I am trying to put off the inevitable as long as possible!

I went to the thrift shop on Friday afternoon and look what I found. I bought this pretty quilt for $6.00 ~ original price $7.99, but they were having a sale! I think that it had only just come in because it was still on a rack with a load of clothes and had not been added to the relevant section. I saw someone else looking at it, but she walked away and then I made my move! She had obviously rejected it because of a couple of marks I spotted, but with a bit of elbow grease and my incredible stain remover, they soon disappeared.

It went straight into the washing machine as soon as I got home, then spent two hours in the dryer with a few drops of lavender oil and was soon fluffed up and sweet smelling.

I had been looking for a quilt for our leather sofa for some time. When we purchased it, we were persuaded that it was perfect for all seasons, but that is not strictly true ~ it is cold to sit on in winter and hot and sticky in summer and yes, it is real leather!

It proved to be the perfect fit ~ it is actually a similar colour to the sofa, which is a creamy/beige leather, so it matches our existing furniture. And in case I want to know whether to venture outdoors, I also found this German-made barometer ~ another $6.00 bargain, which polished up beautifully and is now hanging on the wall in the hall.