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.
The September table reflects the changing of the seasons; summer ebbing away and flowing into autumn. The shards of sea glass are summer’s trophies, part of a growing collection that the boys and I treasure. We pick up a couple every time we go to the beach, and on we found an amazing spot for seaglass-gathering on Tresco, when we visited the Isles of Scilly. The littlest spent ages sorting these treasures the other afternoon. The large blue piece is his favourite.
My botanical notebook was a gift from my best friend, she always buys the loveliest presents. I usually seem to have about three notebooks on the go, but this is my current favourite. My husband was so taken with my Lamy fountain pen that I had to buy him one of his own! The coffee cup is a regular on the table, made by a local potter, it’s an absolute beauty.
There are flowers, dried white ones. I don’t know the variety. I bought this dried posy from the local market when we were in France this summer, they stand now on my kitchen windowsill. Finally on the table, a sign that autumn has arrived: knitting. I was gifted this denim yarn by Wool and the Gang. I’m a big fan of denim- I’m pretty much obsessed with denim dresses- so I rather like the idea of knitting with it… I just need to decide what to make. Oh, and the knitting needles? They are from the huge jarful of vintage coloured needles that sits on a shelf above my desk, gathered from many, many rummages in the charity shop knitting box .
Blue white and green: the September 2016 table.