|View from the hill.|
I was in the mood for a thorough and therapeutic cleaning session. I
started doing laundry as soon as I woke up and spent the rest of the
morning scrubbing the stove, cleaning counter-tops, mopping floors,
vacuuming, and rearranging furniture. By early afternoon, the house
sparkled, and I felt the kind of contentment only a day well-spent in
Fall cleaning can bring. The only thing missing was a centerpiece for
the dining table, but I told myself I would buy flowers on my way
home from work.
in the afternoon, I took Jahan to the park. We have the good fortune of
living in a beautiful community on a hill. The view cheers me up even
when I am at my most morose. There is a mini vineyard in a small plot
next to our townhouse, and rosemary, lavender, and redberry buckthorn
grow alongside the pavement all the way to the park. While pushing Jahan
in her stroller, I had the cleverest idea since deciding to
start this blog. What if I didn’t need flowers for the centerpiece
after all? What if I could cut some branches off of these gorgeous
rosemary bushes and put them in a hurricane? It would smell amazing,
look great, and cost nothing!
|The rosemary bush.|
I pulled off a few branches, and sure enough the smell was lovely!
After I came home, I filled the bottom of a clear glass hurricane with
pebbles and then put in the rosemary branches with a small piece of pine
cone from my Fall potpourri box (bought last season from World Market).
Voilà! A Fall themed centerpiece just in time for dinner.
|The thrifty centerpiece!|