Saturday, 7 February 2009

Saturday Night in...

Saturday night...its funny how Saturday night always feels like a special night, a night throughout my life that has always been the night to do the things I like best.  As a child it was being allowed to stay up late and watch telly with my Mommy, my head resting on her knees as she would wind my hair around her hand.  As a teenager it was the night I was allowed out, to meet up with friends and listen to music and talk about boys.  As a young women it was a night for going out dancing after spending an obscene amount of time getting ready...Then as a married women it was the evening for dinner parties...then came along the babies and it was kind of lost in the blurr that is nursing and nappies.  Suddenly this time passes without you even being aware of it, your babies are old enough now that they do not need you for their every move.  SO I am back to making Saturday evening a nice night, if not indeed special.  So after lots of cuddles and silly stories at bedtime with my children, I wait till they are both asleep and I take a moment to watch their beautiful faces relax and they enter a deep state of sleep, my Angels...  The house is quiet, its just me... after a tidy up and a couple of chores I pour myself a glass of nice wine, I potter in the kitchen and put some food on for supper and whilst that simmers away I sit on the side of the kitchen unit and pick up my knitting...
Scarf knitting, easy, mindless knitting whilst listening to good music and just relaxing in my home.  Its warm in my kitchen and with the snow freezing on the road and hills outside I feel cosy and safe. The gentle aroma from my burning candles fills the air with the smell of spring.
I settle down to eat my supper, my company being the latest Country Living magazine, which when it pops through my letter box I still get that thrill... Lately though I have been a little disappointed with the contents, not so this month, thankfully it was not filled with red roses and hearts, there are only so many of these I can handle, no it was page after page of goodness...an article on working from the home with pictures to inspire, beautiful photographs of Acers (my favourite outdoor plants) Vintage fashion...every single item of clothing I would wear, fabulous pictures of the Cotswold's a place I spent a lot of time in when I lived in Oxfordshire... and of course lovely homes to poke around in.  I am also really enjoying the month by month account with Elisabeth Luard, when I first read about this lady I was slightly disappointed as it just did not interest me, how wrong I was, I have loved following her lifestyle and the amazing food she cooks and her whole ethos of bringing the family in on every part. If I am lucky enough to be a grandmother one day I hope I am like her...

Talking of food, well I cooked Mushroom Stroganoff, out of a need to use up too many mushrooms that seem to have accumulated unused in my fridge.. it hit the spot nicely...
Once the dishes were cleared away I sat at the table and looked at my children art work,  flicked through my sons Marvel comic and thought... I can draw like that... OK I had ago and maybe I need to admit defeat or practice a little more... It was a nice treat to sit and draw something without a purpose and to use my children's NEW pens...
So the evening is getting on now, I move into my livingroom, a room I only really use in the late evening, I am a kitchen kind of girl, I  settle myself down and I cast on a my new project...
Whilst I snuggle down to watch a couple of movies...This movie is a favourite of mine, I have lost count of the times I have watched it, yes it is very loosely based on the book, you do have to look hard for the similarities, its a beautiful film with a most superb soundtrack...At times it just takes my breath away with its sadness... 

SO the bewitching hour is close at hand and its time to close the house down and retire to bed... yes Saturday nights are special, they change with each year of my life... for now though I am happy with the free time it gives me to potter around my home, cooking, knitting, sewing, drawing and watching movies... yes its a peaceful evening... I wish you an enjoyable weekend and an even better week to come...

Music my children are enjoying...Fake Tales of San Fransisco by Artic Monkeys
Both tracks came by a very special couple as a gift to me, a couple who love music as much as me, I asked if they would mind putting some tracks together for me for my ipod and I got 4 fabulous Cd's of very beautiful music that so suits my present mood and these two tracks in particular have caught our imagination...

12 comments:

Kitty said...

You can't beat a warm kitchen, good music and a little crafting all mixed up together can you? Wonderful. x

Sal said...

We don't go out on many Saturdays nowadays..but boy do I remember when!! ;-)
Now it's just nice to spend Saturdays doing crafty things and chilling !
I must be getting old ;-)

April said...

sounds like an idyllic evening to me

April xx

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a wonderful way to spend your saturday evening! Lucy xxx

Sarah said...

I associate Saturday evenings with some kind of yummy food :o) Always a special dinner some way or another, something brought from childhood

French Knots said...

A lovely chill out evening, wine, food, music, knitting...perfect.x

PrincessPea said...

What a lovely, self-indulgent evening! Good for you for treating yourself in this way - it's something I need to learn to do more.

Tricia said...

What a wonderful day you had! I spent mine lolling in bed with a bad cold and absolutely no possibility of parole!
How I wish I could have had such a cozy, peaceful, craeative day! Thank you for sharing!
Tricia

bekimarie said...

What a perfect saturday evening!
Hugs
Beki xxx

Anonymous said...

I know the sun brings you happiness and I hope you see the sunshine every day - it's always there if you look hard enough.

monkee maker said...

Your saturday night looks lovely and warm, cozy and relaxing.

And now I have another movie to add to my ever growing wish list at Amazon, thank you!

:)

Nell said...

Mushroom stroganoff sounds delish!