Poetry book: I am truly and maddeningly indecisive. Mostly. I am also a procrastinator. So, it doesn’t surprise me that over a year on from putting learning a couple of poems per year off by heart, on a list of things I would like to do in the next decade, that I hadn’t decided which poems would make the cut let alone learnt any of them by rote. I haven’t a breeze of an idea how many poems there out there to choose from, but a book of poetry, a lovely compilation by Ana Sampson, called ‘Poems to Learn by Heart’ greatly narrowed down the field and I have finally started with one poem. I choose William Wordsworth’s ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’: partly because everywhere is awash, at the moment, with daffodils standing proud as cheerful yellow heralds trumpeting spring’s arrival, but mostly because I already knew the first verse!
Stallion Chrysanthemums: any cut flowers like the daffodils in the ground do truly ‘haste away so soon’, with some fading faster than snowdrifts after a bout of prolonged winter sun. Now, it’s not that I have conducted extensive research to find the definitive answer to the question: ‘which floral variety last the longest’. But I do know that anytime I bought some stems of the multi-headed spray chrysanthemums called Stallion they have lasted an inordinately long time. Up to three weeks. Obviously I did the usually things to help their longevity such as: changing the water, snipping off any flower heads that looked droopy, and stripping away any dried out leaves. Their long lived-ness makes them fantastic value and I like that they are pretty too.
Knitted dishcloths: no, I haven’t totally lost the plot in listing a set of dishcloth among my current favourite things. Nor have I been struck by a thunderbolt of domesticity turning me into a whirlwind kitchen cleaner. It’s just that I think that the knitted dishcloths I found recently in The Blue Door interior shop are simply the bomb: in the sense that they are a great deal more aesthetically pleasing than any I have come across before. I bought a set of grey ones: just three shades thereof! They come in lots of different colours as you can see from the image above. They are 100% cotton and are made by a Danish company called Solwang Designs. The inspiration for them apparently comes from the ones the company’s owner’s grandmother used to knit.