I am documenting the year with monthly photographs of my kitchen table. Capturing the jumble that accumulates here, at the heart of the kitchen, is also a way to record some of the domestic stories of our family life.
There are primulas on the February table, potted and pale, bought from the Farmers’ Market for 75p and sitting on a pretty old charity shop saucer. I love the flowers at this time of year: primulas, muscari, hyacinths, daffodils… I can’t get enough of them after the muted winter hiatus, and I buy pot after pot, standing them on tables and mantels to bring cheer to the last wintery days.
As in January, a knitting project has made its way onto the table. A gorgeous, soft sandy blanket, knitting up at speed on the biggest needles that I’ve ever had the pleasure to knit with. I’ve been sent a blanket kit to try from We are Knitters, and I am a complete convert to chunky yarn and needles. So much fun to knit with, and so very quick, too. The best thing about knitting a blanket at this time of year is that it keeps you warm as you go!
February is a month of birthdays in our house, mine included, and this notebook was a gift from a writer friend of mine who shares my stationery obsession. It came from Domestic Science, a favourite shop and a real treasure trove. The fountain pen was also a gift, from my parents, who haven’t bought me a fountain pen since my school days! I am delighted with it, and am rediscovering my love of unusual coloured ink cartridges. It’s a Lamy, as recommended by my friend Emma, who uses hers for the most beautiful illustrations. I don’t have the skills for ink drawing, but I’m rather tempted to invest in an italic nib and dabble a little in calligraphy.
There’s tea, of course, in that favourite mug of mine from Laugharne, and a polaroid shot of the beautiful light at Bryn Eglur, The Welsh House that we visited last year. I’m delighted to have a feature about our trip to The Welsh House in the March issue of The Simple Things magazine, as part of their This Is Your Kingdom series. It’s in the shops now, should you fancy a read.
Cream, yellow, sand and beige: the February 2016 table.