Sunday, 28 December 2008

A little lemon water............











Laundry Room............. from Cath Kidston

I like to face the New Year with a fresh start.... I love to launder all my Christmas table linens...bringing them in today from the washing line, stiff like boards, and smelling of luke warm sunlight and that sharp, frosty, smoky, winter smell. I like to iron them and see the sharp creases all neat and smell the clean lavender steam rise in the warmth of the kitchen. It makes me sad that I can't live like this most of the year..that I don't have to time to do these lovely domestic things, we normally use paper towels , no washing needed........so I savour these small simple delights. If you have time to stop just for a few minutes can you share your thoughts with me.

Lavender Hugs

Lynn


65 comments:

Frances said...

Hi Lynn
Just a quick note to say thanks for details on 'Lifehouse' CD, I bought it for Phillip for Chrimbo & he loved it, especially the 'Everything' track.
Your pic of the soap next to the tin bath is wonderful too, I can't believe your blog has inspired me to have a pre New Year spring clean!
Bye for now Frances X

LillaFlisan said...

I wish You the best new year ever!!

Thank you for all the inspiration you bring us!

hugs

Flisan

Jema Rose said...

Lovely...lovely...lovely images..!

: )

I wish you all the best for the New Year!

Hugs, Jenny

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Katie said...

Dearest Lynn, I had the most delicious time ironing my Christmas table linens, too...and thought...I wish I had time to do this more often, but we do use paper towels during the year as well...I'm thinking how to include that kind of simple sense-filled chore through the year. I love your thoughts and always feel so akin to them. You are beautiful. I wish I knew you in person!!!
lovingly, Katie

Sal said...

I know what you mean! I could smell those smells as I read your post.
Hope you had a wonderful time...happy new year to you too ;-)

chatelaine said...

You have the most visually beautiful blog! I love your playlist and subject matter of your posts.

What a nice tradition of a fresh start and lovingly caring for your linens. I love the fragrances you described.

Happy New Year!

Deb said...

Hello Lynn
My daughter Kate is home for the Holidays from University and while on the computer I mentioned to have a look at your gorgeous blog. She loved it as much as I do :-)
I agree there is nothing nicer than the smell of laundry fresh off the line. It is blowing a gale out today and our Christmas table cloth & napkins are whipping about on the line.
Happy New Year!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah, a fellow laundry lover! I, too, enjoy that process...all clean, fresh, and scented with lavender. And, I even love to iron, which in some circles is grounds for declaring someone quite mad. Happy Christmas week to you!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Joyous New Year Lynn,

There was a time not so very many years ago I use to always be to busy doing to be able to slow down enough to experience the little pleasures of life. There was always-when the kids are grown, when we retire, some day soon... Then suddenly I was a widow and all our "we are going tos" became "I wish I hads" I'm just so thankful that I was given another chance live the rest of my life full of more: experiencing those simple pleasures of life then a bunch of I wish I hads :c) And that is the reason I now live my dream!!

Pattie :c)
Mazatlan Mexico

Solstrimmor & Stjärnstrålar said...

I really like the New Year too, it feels very fresh it's like a new start! The laundry room is just like mine :D No, but if...
I have not the time to do all that work with the laundry, but sometimes I use the same lavenderwater.
Love Lavender!
Happy new Year to you and your family.
hugs
nina

...Miss..Maddie's... said...

Tis so blustery here today I thought my line hung laundry would end up in the next county.But with double pegging it survived. There is no scent like that of laundry dried outside on a winter's windswept day.
Bringing it in to shake and fold unleashes memories tucked away from childhood.To cuddle down into a bed with fresh sheets, absolutely delightful...
xo Susan

fairmaiden said...

It is these simple pleasures that make life worth living.

Your blog is such a place of repose. The new banner is loveliness. The colors and images you choose to create with are soothing for the soul. Thank you for the beauty you give.

Michelle said...

I love your graphics...and that bottle that says "linen water" how adorably vintage. I wish you a wonderful and prosperous (in many, many ways) new year!!

Blue Muse said...

I have fallen in love with your blog, I hope you don't mind me visiting and commenting --

You have just brought back so many memories! My mother ironed everything when we were children, and I do mean everything - sheets, and even our under garments! She always misted it all with lavender water and a little lemon on the whites - The lovely childhood memories wafted through my senses when I was reading what you wrote, and could smell it all again.
Your photos are incredible, and your writing, magical.

--Isa

littlescrapsofmagic said...

Lovely. I found myself doing something similar, and even meant to blog about it. Life, however, got in the way. But, I found myself a few days before Christmas, ironing all the linens, and just enjoying the peace and quiet of it all. It almost became a meditation.

maminkagirl said...

Hello Lynn,

Now I am convinced you are a kindred spirit because I have a similar love of doing laundry- especially my treasured linens. Sometimes I think I should travel the country expounding on the benefits of hanging out clothes on the line I am so passionate about it- even in the harshest weather. It is like my temple!

Also,I love the idea of a snowman swap. It would be great fun. Have a happy new year's celebration. Loribeth

Angelique said...

Hi Lynn,
It's one of my new years reolutions. Try to find more joy in housekeeping. It is connected to the books about living mindfully I've read.
And yes, beautiful images!!
Angelique X

EMMA said...

Thank you for the inspiration!


EMMA

Sanctuary said...

These pictures are so inspiring, exactly what one needs to revel on every now and then to make domestic chores that bit more inspiring! I must say, I struggle with having the right attitude towards housework, not easy :)

Henna said...

Oh my...it would be a dream fulfilled to have a laundryroom like that! This old house of our´s has almost no wardrobes, one in the hall and another up in the attic..our "laundryroom" is squeezed in together with the shower and toilet, you can imagine me drooling over all the beautiful bathrooms and laundryrooms in this blogworld ;-P
I hope you have had some lovely days and a fabulous Christmas..A couple of days to go and it is New year :-) Do you have any special plans?

Have a fabulous day my friend!

Hugs Anne

Regina said...

Hi Lynn,
What a wonderful post! I like also
the New Year!
I can smell the fragance of the lavender.Thank you for all your inspiration.
Is that parcel arrived?

I wish you and your family a
Happy New Year!!!

Hugs,Regina

vosgesparis said...

some stunning pictures you are showing ;) I can imagine what you mean.. in our fleemarket there is a stable everyu week who sells old table linnen from hotels and stuff... I bought this like you say white stiff little tables clote for one euro only, so today I wens back to buy more , it is just so lovely ! I wish you all the best for the new year.

Primchick said...

Happy new year to you too.. fingers crossed tightly, that 2009 is filled with only good things...

lou said...

I would love too have fresh crisp bed linen every night, the smell always makes me smile, they say small things are priceless.

Happy new year too you and your family, I hope all your dreams come true!

Love Lou xxx

martine said...

Oh yes Lynn, these beautiful things one has time for over Christmas, I love as well the smell of neature in winter, clean,cold washing, the warming of the ironing, and the walks in the crisp air, in the early morning (-8° this morning). I love as well to have time for making good and simple things to eat and to have my grown up children at home again. Love as always to read you and look at your pictures, amitié Martine

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweet Lynn!

Oh I can almost feel the smell..lavendel, lemon..fresh laundry..I just love these photos, they are beautiful!

Big hug
Mia

Solange said...

Dearest Lynn, I know what you mean. Sometimes I think, that if you'd have all day, every day, you could do your things like you see in magazines and movies...
I always hurry with home chores, which can be really nice if you have time for them. These days I am off work for some days, so I too, have been tidying and cleaning here and there.
lovely pictures, just lovely.

hug, Solange

Hemma på Landet said...

Lovely pictures.:-) Hug Stina

The Devil Makes Work said...

Hey Lynn,

Yuletide greetings to you. I must say your description of the ironing sounded lovely. It still hasn't made me quite as fired up to actually DO any ironing though, but I did think about it.

Much love,

Woo.
xx

Denise said...

I love the smell of fresh laundry....nothing like it! I also love to iron. I could smell your linens and your lavender....thanks for the visual and sensory heaven.

janeyre said...

LYNN, I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND THE WONDERFUL ART THAT YOU DO. I ALSO LOVE ENGLAND AND HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY BEING ABLE TO HOLIDAY THERE THE LAST FEW YEARS AND STAY 4-5 WEEKS IN A SELF-CATERING COTTAGE IN SHROPSHIRE. I USUALLY ARRIVE THE END OF MAY AND I NOTICED THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN AN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW ON MAY 30. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE LOVELY IF I COULD SHOP AT YOUR SHOW. WHERE IS IT GOING TO BE? I USUALLY FLY INTO MANCHESTER AND RENT A CAR SO I COULD TIME IT SO THAT I COULD ATTEND YOUR SHOW BEFORE HEADING TO SHROPSHIRE. I JUST STARTED TO BLOG AND WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU WOULD CHECK IT OUT. I ALSO AM ALWAYS MAKING THINGS AND HAVE MANY THINGS THAT I WILL BE POSTING IN THE WEEKS TO COME. MY BLOG SITE IS TAPESTRIESOFNATURE.BLOGSPOT.COM AS YOU WILL SEE, I AM A NEWBY.
P.S. I LOVE THE SMELL OF LAUNDRY DRIED ON THE LINE. I AGREE, ITS NOT DONE ENOUGH. HAPPY NEW YEAR,JUDY (AKA JANEYRE)

Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries said...

Dear Lynn...I could smell that lavender coming out of the ironing room...how beautiful to savour these simple delights, really moments to treasure and look forward to doing again and again!!! Wishing you a very Happy 2009 with much Love, Peace and Contentment...Dzintra

Roosamamma said...

You are like an angel - words you write, pictures you take, music you choose - it is so beautiful!
Thank you for giving to us so many good feelings...
Roosamamma

Di Overton said...

Happy 2009 (I have written a post on how to survive it)
Hugs
Di

Sandra Evertson said...

Lovely! Wishing you and yours and Happy New Year!
Sandra Evertson

Marie said...

Lovely photos, so beautiful!

Wish you a Happy New Year!

Marie

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh Lynn your pictures blow me away...how do you get the lovely misty filter...they look like they have been taken in another time... they are breath taking thank you for sharing...you make washing and ironing appealing...but in reality I never find big P and littleP's school shirts and mountains of my linen so tempting...happy new year ...H

Annie said...

Wishing you a bright and joy-filled new year, Lynn. And perhaps a bit more time for ironing. LOL Hugs, Annie

vintage paintings said...

Dear Lynn,
Your fresh start to the new year sounds wonderful! and I think your words describing the loundry of the Christmas linnen almos turned into a little poem :) Small, daily things can be wonderful activites with the right approach. Well, I have bought a bottle of Belles washing liquid and will start with the house now, and hopefully finish before the guests arrive...)
I wish you a very happy new year Lynn!
Hugs from Solveig

Solstrimmor & Stjärnstrålar said...

Happy new year to you and your family!
hugs
nina

Henna said...

We had a lovely Christmas, morning yule sauna, rice pudding, tradional yule food, celebrating Christmas with the closest family..I loved it :-)
I´m sorry you´ve had trouble with your back, I hope it will let you be on a day like this and it´s getting better. My left hand is giving me gray hair...some days I can´t hardly do anything with it because it hurts so...I don´t want to go to the doctor, not yet anyway..I´m hoping it will get better soon (wishful thinking).
Have you seen "Australia" yet? I want to see it too! But I think I´m going to wait until it gets on DVD, it would be great to see it on the cinema...I´ve actually fallen asleep for some nanoseconds when being at the movies..even if the film has been very good, so watching it at home is cosy and if I fall asleep I can watch it again ;-) Marko laughs at me everytime I ask him if we could watch a movie..I just can´t understand why?! ;-D
New years eve, dear friend...I´ve got no resolution, would want to think in new ways, have some goals to fulfill..but I would dissappoint myself if I would fail keeping it. So I think my resolution this year will be that if I succeed with anything it will be a pleasent surprise :-)
I hope and wish that You and your family will have a fabulous and an excitíng new year with lots of love and happy moments!

A Happy New Year 2009 to you Lynn!

Love and hugs!
Anne

Ragged Roses said...

Hello Lynn
That is one of my secret pleasures too! I have a bottle of french lavender linen water that I use at this time of year and then the ironing seems to be much less a chore and more of a pleasant past time, it sounds a bit sad, I know, but it's true. I feel as if I am really respecting the linen!!!
Needless to say when life returns to reality next week, there will be the huge unloved pile of ironing sitting neglected in the kitchen corner!
Wishing you and your family a magical, wonderful, dream fillled New Year
Kimxxx

Marja Kristiina said...

THANK YOU so much for the eye candy, as always. And have an amazing year 2009! January, your favorite month, is at hand and I, too, must seek out those seed catalogs!

Thank you for your friendship,
Marja

Karin said...

Dearest Lynn!

I wish You a very festive end of this year and the very best of starts to the new 2009!

Thank you for all inspiration you have given me, and i am so glad that i found your lovely blog. I am here several times a week and just lokking around and feel happy!
I am looking forward to next blogyear with you and to se your lovely home, things and share your thoughts!

Gott Nytt År and many hugs and kisses from Sweden!

Karin

Carol said...

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family Lynn.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I did enjoy this year very much.
The bag is in the wings - waiting for a free day to appear! if you could send me instructions on how to make the velvet attach to the wool, I would be very grateful.
I have not braved the cold to hang out my washing yet! I have been lazy and drape it over the Aga....I blocked the airway oneday and the thing shut itself down....on Christmas Eve...can you believe how silly of me.
Take care.
Love and hugs,
Carol xxx

...Miss..Maddie's... said...

I know you are at least six hours ahead of me in time so soon you will be crossing the threshold into another year.
You will also be granted the beauty of January the month you save for dreaming.
May the stars shine bright above so you can follow the path that fills your heart with gladness.
Happy New Year Lynn.
xo Susan

Line said...

Happy new year!
Beautiful post as always=)

Love

A bird in the hand said...

Lynn, I share your feelings -- I wish I could live like that all year too. Your photos are just gorgeous... Between Cath Kidstone and Rachel Ashwell, I am driven crazy with longing...

The little cards are in the mail.
Colette xox

Mystic Sight said...

Happy New Year!

Tanja*s Homestyle said...

Hi Lynn
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Hugs Tanja

Leticia said...

Happy new Year Lynn - to one of my favorite bloggers. Love and Peace.

OrangeK'nelle said...

Une atmosphère très agréable ici qui sent bon la lavande !!! Ce blog est ravissant et j'y ai fait une belle balade ! Meileurs voeux !

Les Cotrions said...

So lovely pictures!!! Thank you for sharing them!
Happy new year!
vale

Kasey said...

what a lovely, lovely blog you have!!

Cathy Louise said...

Happy New Year Lynn
Am going to try and make the time to drop by your blog more often this year...These images are gorgeous!!!! I love them all...Here it is 38 degrees and horribly hot and the washing dries in the sun in a couple of hours (smile)....I hope it is ok I am going to add you to my blog role...Take care Cathy xx

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Happy New Year, Lynn.
It's always a delight to visit your charming blog.

Have a wonderful year,
Niki x

Halo Hill said...

Your blog and your work are absolutely gorgeous!

Saint Ange said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR LYNN !!!
I wish you, the best...
kisses full of friendly

Moderncountry said...

Dear Dear Lynn,

I wasn`t certain if I should send you an e-mail or not. I do have a lot to tell you. First of all, thank you so much for your wonderful message that you gave me!! My heart are melting, I simply adore you!!
I think you are as delightful as a box of chocolate :) Warm, sweet and full of surprises :))
At Christmas Eve I sat next to Beth, You should have seen her eyes when she unwrapped the gift you sent her!! You are just the sweetest friend!! My gosh, I knew you had a talent, but having a look at it up close, it was fantastic!!!! I thought to my self, those lovely paintings, they would be perfect for my livingroom wall. (So I ask you, do you sell and ship abroad? If you do, could you send me a pricelist? And is it possible within a few months to order a work/painting from you?)

This year has been a great year don`t you think? I learned to know you and I am thankful to even get a glimpse of your daily creative work. Your pictures Always give me a sense of warmth and magic.

I hope next year will fulfil all your dreams, both private and with your creative work. Let it be a year to remember, with joy!!

Lots of hugs from Aina

madeleinemiranda said...

Hi Lynn, I wish you a very Happy New Year! Looking forward to reading your blog in 2009!

xxx

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Wow, Lynn, your photography is simply gorgeous! I love it!

My husband thinks that I am crazy, but I like to iron to relax sometimes...

Happy New Year to you and thank you for the wonderful images.

Ciao bella,

Suzanne

Line said...

Lynn! Read my new post, and you´l see that my head was never in any danger=)

Have a lovely weekend
HUGS

janeyre said...

THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY BLOG. I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOU WONT BE SELLING AT THE MAY FAIR. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO FUN TO MEET YOU. PERHAPS I FORGOT TO ASK YOU THIS, BUT WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THIS FAIR WILL BE, (WHAT VILLAGE OR TOWN) AND IS THE DATE MAY 30, 2009? THANK YOU SO MUCH AND HOPE YOU ARE RECOVERING NICELY FROM THE HOLIDAYS BYE FOR NOW, JUDY (AKA JANEYRE)

Charmingdesigns said...

beautiful blog!!! laurie

breathing in the dreaming world said...

So happy I found your blog...beautiful!