I bought a glossy magazine yesterday...one of those with drop dead gorgeous photographs of people's homes and their gardens...there'll always be one house featured that the owners have restored or renovated on a budget...not my kind of budget though...here we're talking about vast amounts of money rather than the dregs from the bottom of my purse.
There was on feature about brightening up your home for spring which I read avidly...Farrow and Ball paint...£50 for 2.5 litres...some fabric to cover a lampshade at £195 per yard...a bespoke cushion...which wasn't very nice actually...£45...and so it went on...
And that was an article on budget decorating for spring...
One persons budget item is not always anyone else's...one person declaring they are as poor as church mice doesn't mean they're eating bread and jam for supper either...my Father used to complain bitterly about how hard up he was, when what he actually meant he was down to his last dozen bottles of extremely expensive Scotch.
Himself has just struggled indoors with a gas cylinder for the new heater...he's suggested I make a note of when he bought it to see how long it lasts...what he really meant was that he thinks it's a horribly expensive way to heat the bathroom and I'd better not be hanging about in there wasting gas. He's quite forgotten that the gas for the cooker lasts a good six weeks and that's with using it every day and often having the oven on for a couple of hours as well...
If he really goes loopy he'll have to go in a home you know...I'd never be able to cope with him...he could go to the Oliver Plunkett home where the nuns scuttle about looking busy...
Jason is knocking the two stone buildings down to build a wall round the land...can't say garden 'cos it isn't yet...it's an awful shame the old cow milking parlour is going. It has cruck beams across the roof...fastened together with wooden pegs instead of nails...and big iron hoops where the two cows were tied up to be milked...but they are hard up and on a budget and can't afford to buy stone in...
The photograph is of some felt hats dating from the 15th and 16thc which were found in three different bogs in Ireland...