Happy Friday Honey Pie’s, it is almost September and after a hectic month I am only just getting around to sharing my favorite treats from the July edition of the Puttery Post.

In the same vein, the next week looks set to be utterly, deliciously mad with Finley’s 7th birthday, his return to school, My Mum’s 60th birthday, my Mum and Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary, and a trip to Jamie Oliver’s new Liverpool restaurant  to celebrate my friend Kath’s swift decline into her dotage, aka her 38th birthday.

And so though I won’t have oodles of time to putter around the house myself, I’m rather hoping you will be able to carve out an hour or two yourself to add a layer or two more of loveliness to your domestic life in my absence…

To the treats!

Three Things at Bedtime…

Now that my little boy is six going on sixteen, getting information out of him is like getting blood out of a stone: impossible!
And so out of pure necessity to keep the lines of communication open with him I have created a new bedtime ritual we are calling the Three Things Jar: a five minute ritual designed to both spark conversation and preserve memories…
Little ones aren’t usually up to the task of journaling properly so this is a darling way of teaching them good habits while discovering snippets of their souls they might not otherwise bother to reveal…

The ritual is based around three questions I have printed on to small scraps of paper, with space after each one for Finley to write his answers.

Tell me one good thing that happened to you today…
Tell me one bad thing that happened to you today…
Tell me something you learned today…

While I tidy the bathroom after his bath, Finley has a cup of hot chocolate and writes his answers, and then when he is tucked up in bed we have a terribly casual chat about what he has written, before folding the slip of paper up as small as possible and popping it into the Three Things Jar…
The questions don’t have to be answered on paper: they make terribly useful conversation starters at the dinner table with each family member taking a turn to answer them and they are versatile enough to make great journalling starting points for grown ups too…

Because we never stop learning do we?

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Cherry-ade

When you are feeling to hot to eat even the lightest of Summer salads, ringing the culinary changes with a range of different beverages is the way to keep your taste buds alive.

While smoothies and iced tea’s have their time and place in the lives of us dedicated vintage housekeepers: when the sun is at it’s peak there is nothing quite as refreshing as a fizzy drink, laden with ice and decorated with fresh herbs and taking the time to mix up something home-made will mean you won’t feel quite so fretful about imbibing the bucket full of chemicals oft to be found in shop bought fizzy drinks.

While making lemonade is the most tradition of Summer past-times I thought it might be rather refreshing to mix up something a little different for this mornings elevenses, so why not make the most of the last of the seasons cherries by mixing up some utterly scrumptious Cherry-ade?

Brocante Cherry-Ade Syrup.

350 grams of stoned cherries (Or one tin of cherries out of season).
1 Vanilla Pod or 1 tsp. Vanilla Essence.
4 tbsp. of boiling water.
Juice of two limes.
3 tbsp. Caster/Fine sugar.
Mint leaves to garnish.

Warm the cherries, vanilla, water and sugar over a low heat for thirty minutes, then blend the mix until the cherries have dissolved. Push the resulting syrup through a sieve, then stir in the juice of the limes and decant into a small bottle.

This syrup can be stored in the fridge for a few days and when ready to serve simply pour a few spoons of syrup over crushed ice, top with fizzy mineral water to taste and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Summery scrumptiousness in a glass!

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And finally…

Bedside Photographs

I have said it before and I am going to say it again: the marital bedroom is no place for photographs of your Mother or your Great Uncle Harold.
As the stage for our most sensual selves, we need to do away with that, that even on the most sub-conscious of levels, makes us feel self-conscious, and so today might I suggest that you make your relationship the focus of the imagery in your bedroom.
Ask your partner to choose his favorite photograph of you and spend half an hour trawling through your shared history in search of your favorite image of him.

Then frame both images and place them on your bedside tables: your photograph on his and his photograph on yours, so that even if you sleep facing away from each other, your partners face will be the first thing you see in the morning and vice versa for him…
Don’t be tempted to choose a photograph of yourself: all too often the images we prefer of ourselves are more contrived than the natural, in the moment ones, our partners enjoy of us, so giving him the option to select an image of you as he really see’s you is essential to the longevity of this puttery treat…

Love is all there is Housekeepers: honor it daily.

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Happy (End of!) August Housekeepers!