I used to think of the weekend as a way to get a head start on the coming week but after burning out last year I'm trying to get better at allowing myself the "time off". I have come to learn that a weekend spent doing things that make my heart sing is more nourishing than rushing around and wearing myself out trying to save time for later.
This time I kind of threw myself at the weekend, trying to say Yes to as many things as possible and be a little braver.
There were long train rides (accompanied by new music on my iPod), crowds of people to navigate through, catching up with family, (a bit of bravery required to get to..) a thrifty antique shopping trip, more train rides (a very scary moment when I accidentally stumbled upon a disagreement between protesters and police, midway), a monsoon-like down-pouring of rain, a late night knitting session, a sunny morning in the garden, a fight with an overgrown rose bush, home made courgette soup, juicy plum tomatoes from the market, several hours trying to fix an issue that had locked my computer (P.S. Have you backed up lately?!) and teaching myself to knit picot cast on and bind off among other things.
Now it's Monday morning and I have a big to-do list but I'm happily working my way through it because I feel refreshed, recharged and re-inspired.
I thought I'd link up with Magpie Monday today and show you my antique shop finds!
My Mum and sister took me to one of their favourite bargain hunting spots. There were so many wonderful things but I was very restrained. I turned down pyrex mixing bowls (they were quite scratched) and a set of pyrex bowls and plates that I didn't really need (half price as well - how's that for restraint?).
I ended up bringing away books.
I got a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Following on from last Wednesday when I was talking about how I'm reading a lot of children's fiction that I didn't (or don't remember) reading as a child, this book has been on my list of things to read for a while. Alice references are littered through life and whilst think I know the gist of the story I think this book is going to put a lot of things into place for me.
Salads for All The Year Round by Mary Woodman. This book attracted me because I love salad but don't tend to vary it very much, particularly in the colder months, so I'm looking forward to gleaning some ideas. I'm also hoping it might inspire what I plant out in the garden/greenhouse for the colder months.
A little taste from the introduction: '..salads, when reduced to a fine art, have the power to transform a commonplace meal into a pleasurable diversion.'
And, saving the best for last...
Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches from 1934. I had been dithering over whether or not to buy this book for a while after seeing it somewhere else but when I saw this copy for little over half the price I had seen it online, I had to snap it up and I'm so glad I did.
The book is in really good condition and the instructions go way beyond anything you see in modern embroidery books with very complicated and interesting stitches and plenty of explanation.
Possibly the best parts of buying old books, though, are discovering things from its previous owner's life. I LOVE it when this happens - sometimes a pressed flower, a note from church or even a handwritten recipe!
My embroidery dictionary has some pattern transfers in the back which are still very useable.
What did you say Yes to, this weekend?
Don't forget to check out Friday's post to see if you won the giveaway!