Homely Things #3 – Linen and Lavender

IMAGES OF THINGS THAT SPEAK OF HOME……….

Despite being a rubbish cook and one of the most disorganised people I can think of, I am at heart a serious home-bird.  My nest is not necessarily a very tidy one and the performance of household chores ranks on my enjoyment scale somewhere alongside cleaning out the gutters or unblocking the drains but they are a necessary evil which I eternally perform because the end result, though short-lived, is so very pleasurable. My routine may be irregular and certainly haphazard but a shiny bathroom sink, a buffed and polished table, a wooden floor with not a single dog hair in sight, are sources of old-fashioned domestic pride to be revelled in, if only for a day.

Of all the pleasant smells and aromas that fill my home on these occasions, perhaps my favourite is the scent of newly washed and – wait for it – freshly ironed bed linen.  Yes, I may well be bonkers in our modern era of instant this and instant that to devote any time to an iron but it seems to me a small price to pay for the delicious pleasure at the end of a wearisome day, of climbing into bed and being enveloped in beautiful, crisp, white embroidered sheets which smell of soap and lavender and Home.

 

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Paul Crabtree says:

    Jane, you are such an inspiration! & a very talented lady.I love your blogs & always look forward to the next ! Love Jill

    Sent from my iPad

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    1. Hello Jill! How lovely to hear from you! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog, it’s nice to know you’re following! Love Jane

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  2. Liane Ryan says:

    Hi Jill, I love your blog, and I couldnt agree more about a freshly laundered bed! Its the simple pleasures in life isn’t it. Xx

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    1. Hi Liane, Absolutely! – all the posts on this blog are about the simple things in life, one way or another, simple but the most important too – thanks for visiting! Jane

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  3. My French Heaven says:

    This is so very British AND French at the same time… Your home must be so so cozy. Your pillows so soft… And by the way, I am sure you aren”t the bad cook you pretend to be. No one can have such exquisite taste and be bad at cooking. I’m sure it’s just a lack of training. We’ll just have to work on that. Then you’ll be the new Franco-British Martha Stewart 😉

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    1. Wow, now there’s an idea – a whole blog post series – teaching ‘L’Anglaise’ how to cook – could be fun!?

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      1. My French Heaven says:

        Indeed Jane! Indeed! But I’m sure you’re being too modest 😉

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      2. Actually, I’m not! I don’t have the necessary patience – tend to disappear to do other things and return to burnt morsels – also I’m very lucky to have a Mr H who does all the cooking for me/us – now he is a really good cook, very instinctive – it’s made me lazy! Blog series is still a good idea though!!

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      3. My French Heaven says:

        Absolutely! Mr. H will have to teach me a thing or two about lamb and mint sauce and gravy and… ohhhh my favorite: Yorkshire pudding 😉

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      4. Wow, now there’s an even better idea – a ‘Culinary Cultural Exchange’ series blog post – if you see what I mean! By the way if you had read my post about the ‘Four’Legged Neighbours in the Poplar Wood’ you would know that it is truly horrible to mention the words Lamb and ‘mint sauce’ in the same sentence to me….!! (Only joking – sort of!)

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      5. PS – I’m actually quite good at Yorkshire Pudding – it’s that almost baking thing again!

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  4. arttart4 says:

    Can you be me for about a week and get my house in order – actually it may take a bit longer, maybe a month. Perhaps we could do an exchange of talents – I’ll show you how to whip up a souffle and you can show me how to do the homemaking art. Absolutely fabulous photographs.

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    1. Sounds like an interesting idea! But it could take me several months to master the soufflé, could we start with an omelette?! Thanks for the nice comments, much appreciated!

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  5. pndrgn99 says:

    Lavender is one of my favorite things of all time I think it’s wonderful that you spend extra attention on making the place where you sleep beautiful and fragrant.

    PS: thank you for coming to read my work.
    Alexander

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    1. As an occasional insomniac I also find it helps with sleep! Thanks for your visit too..

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  6. west517 says:

    This is a gorgeous post! I love the fresh, purple lavender against the crisp white sheets– beautiful! (Two of my favorite “home” scents as well) ❤

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    1. Hi west517! I confess this is one of my favourite posts, I adore beautiful bed linen and the scent of lavender is without equal! 🙂 ❤ We're going to try to grow a large lavender patch next year if weather permits. ( I make lavender bags and hearts for my boutique! ) 🙂

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