I am really glad it is February for a number of reasons. For one, it means we are in the final, official month of summer, which means one month to go of ridiculous, life-altering weather. Of course the extreme heat drags on into March, and often into the first half of April, but knowing that the end is now in sight is good. Finally, going out during day light hours will not be an act of endurance, nights will be gracious enough to drop below 28C or whatever and sleep will be possible, and I won't feel like such a weather hostage.
That said, we do get some good, comfortable days at this time of year too. We've been lucky, lately, to have some beautiful weekends in-between very hot weeks. The Saturday before last was one such day. Sunny, still very warm without being gross, and not windy! My dress even had elbow length sleeves. John and I put this awesome comfortableness to good use by... going to Ikea. No, seriously, don't mock, it was necessary! This blue floral dress has been on here a good few times, and is still going strong. I can't really imagine buying something to wear that would only get worn for one or two years. Anyway. Our recent bathroom re-jigging meant we had to take out the long mirror opposite the door and replace it with one about 20mm shorter. House tetris at its finest, really. Oh, for just another inch here etc! I thought it was going to be a big faff to find a mirror in such a slightly different length, but John sorted it immediately (talent!) and we then had a spare, full-length mirror in need of a home. The back bedroom had no mirror since we stored the wooden one at John's mum's house. We had our answer: inside the wardrobe door. It's really useful – surprise surprise – being able to see yourself head to toe in decent light. If I stand so far back I squish into my clothes racks I can even fit in the camera! No mean feat. Babycat likes to sit on this room's windowsill and hang a paw or her tail out of the little gap when it's open. And to give us evil looks, apparently. She does NOT like being patted through the open window. I don't think she understands how or why I am outside but can still touch her toes. More than two pats and you might get a semi-clawed swipe. I love this floral print and the almost blurred effect. It's also nice to have a colourful vintage sundress that feels a bit more grown up. The shopping trip was successful; we had a list and ticked everything off. I've never liked them but I got one of those hanging storage things. We had one in when we lived in East London and they're just useful, and I decided it was actually the best option to store small bits and pieces, my running gear and so on in an otherwise unused corner. No more bras hanging off the end of the bed! It's now full. We also got some plates and coasters. There never seems to be enough coasters and the vintage bird ones we had are getting really damaged – they don't like (bird) bathing in wine and everything else that has been spilled on them. Fair enough, really. We had the late afternoon and evening to ourselves and stayed home as the sun set, watched Game of Thrones and Absolutely Fabulous (it's a strange combination but it's working for us!) and I tried making that lentil salad I was talking about. I didn't have all the ingredients I needed – or at least the ones I can recognise! – but it was pretty good for a first attempt. More will be made! And when I get it good enough I'll share the recipe. I think it will be perfect for Autumn dinners, and we don't have too long to wait for those, now! They can't come soon enough.