Ever since I moved into my own home there has been one aspect of décor which has flummoxed me. Over the years I trailed around shops, browsed through brochures and endlessly trawled the internet. I’ve tried specialist sellers with vast arrays of goods on offer but rarely have I been 100% happy with the resulting buys. The bane of my home-making life is lighting. For the past two years or more I’ve been looking for lighting to replace some old M&S lamps to which the longing for 100% happy came very close. They were bought on the spur of the moment in a sale some 20 years ago. The bases are still in good condition and I’ve yet to find any I like as much, but the lampshades have long had their day. What I particularly like is that because the shades are not very deep the lamp can sit well back on a surface and it’s this aspect which is causing me the headache because I can’t find any shallow shades except those which are an elongated oval shape and I don’t like them! Not only have I looked in large specialist lighting shops, but multiples and chain stores and small independents, all to no avail. I don’t get on a lot better with ceiling lighting either. I never find anything about which I think anything more enthusiastic that ‘that’s ok.’ One of the first things I do in someone else’s house is check out their lighting but, and no offence intended to anyone who knows me and is reading this….they don’t excite me much either. I don’t think I could even design something perfect – I just don’t like lights! How does everyone else choose lighting, I wonder?
Although it’s a wet and dismal day, the temperature has risen and there is the promise of warmer days to come. Yesterday afternoon was gloriously sunny and very spring-like. The snowdrops are just coming into their own and the tulips are popping through the soil in abundance. Husband had his first vaccine four weeks ago and I had mine last week. For the first time in a long time, let’s hope that we can soon start looking forward.