Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Making the most of bugs

Over the past 10 days I have had yet another cold virus. I don't usually get them often but it's my second one in just 3 months! Last time I had laryngitis thrown in with it. I thought I was getting better towards the end of last week but at the weekend I moved on to a different bug...

Occasionally I did feel a bit like this ;-(

I longed to go out to enjoy the warm sunny weather....

I couldn't wait to get back in to a normal routine again, walking, fresh air and feeling bright and energetic again!

I imagined how I would love to be sailing around the River Helford in Cornwall...

and around Frenchman's Creek

Despite not feeling on top form, I decided to turn it in to an opportunity to catch up with some things I have been wanting to do but haven't always had the time for.
I still had to work (as I am self employed, if I don't do the work it doesn't get done and no sick pay of course ) But I caught up on some reading, blogging, going through healthy recipe books to get ideas on healthier meals which will boost my immune system etc...

I also took delivery of some parcels...

Vintage eiderdown

Discontinued Laura Ashley Wallpaper (The same as in my display cupboard)

Little vintage leather bag

Yes more supplies of Neal's Yard products.

I spotted this lovely outfit in one of the magazines I was looking at. I really like it, right down to the beret! It's now on my wish list...

At last today, I feel so much better! I have just been in the garden and have enjoyed some of that the sunny weather... ;-))

I hope that you are all enjoying your week. However, if you have been struck down by a virus try not to let it get you down, catch up with a few things..such as letter writing, reading, watch an old film, crochet, what ever will make you feel a bit happier....not housework though...

Ooh, I mustn't go without thanking you all for your lovely comments about my cupboard makeover. I enjoyed reading them all and am overwhelmed by the number of comments!

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Tina said...

HI Isabelle,
I hope you get well soon. But I agree that even though when feeling down, is a good time to catch up with things that normally with the craziness of life we don't have much time for.
Love your goodies. The Laura Ashley wallpaper is really sweet.

salty pebble said...

awwww bless you hope your feeling brighter ;0) its not nice when bug/virus gets you down ;0) especially when the suns shinning out side and your stuck in.
i love the out fit too- a little bit 40's styly i think very pretty.
love the cutie teddy bless ;0)x
no wonder you got so many comments your blog is a treasure!! so many wonderful things to look at- all the beautiful eye candy hehe ;0)x

x kazzy x

Marigold Jam said...

Glad you are on the mend now - it's so horrid to have a virus just when the sun is shining and the Spring has arrived! That little bear is so cute and he mirrored your posts so well! Keep looking on the bright side and I am sure your immune system will soon be in top form especially with the new healthy eating, all those lovely Neal's Yard smellies to pamper yourself with and those other lovely goodies. Take care and be 100% soon.


Blondie's Journal said...

I am so sorry you were under the weather but it seems you know how to make the best of it. All I am able to do is read and watch T.V.!!

Love your little Teddy and his crumpled tissues!! He looks so sad looking out the windows. But I am happy you are feeling better and that you got outdoors.

I love the dress and beret, too. I hope your wish comes true!


Unknown said...

HER necklace, its HER necklace offcourse!!!! Agnes has a beautifull necklace......excuse me;)


Unknown said...

hahahahahhaahhahahaha Isabelle,I enjoyed your post!!!!! Not your cold(I hope you feel better every day), but your story with the little bunny was entertaining!!! What a cute animal!!!! His necklace is also lovely! I hope you were home alone while making your story:D
Go out, take in some fresh air, open your windows, let the sun in .........and the germs out;))))


The Tablescaper said...

Too cute! Feel better soon.

- The Tablescaper

PS If you haven't already be sure to enter to win my birdie giveaway

KC'sCourt! said...

I have a strange cure-all for colds and sore throats..... which it works for me.........! Try it! Honestly it does work! ICE LOLLY'S! Orange ones are the best! I sit down pretend I'm in a cinema, watch a film and eat my Ice Lolly. By the next day my cold/sore throat has eased.

Lx @ Twelve said...

Hi Isobel -

Sorry to read that you have been poorly again - I think there is a lot going around, I have struggled over the past couple of months too..

Your post was delightful though, loved the bunny.

Hope you feel well again soon..

Love Lydia

Lisa said...

That's really rotten, being laid low by another bug.
Glad you were able to still make productive use of your time though!
Take care.
Lisa x

Kissed by an Angel said...

Get really well soon!!! Glad you managed to do some crafting though!!

CIELO said...

Oh no... say bye bye to your bugs under the sunshine... you'll see, they'll go away the minute sunshine hits on them... ;)

Feel better soon!


Lululiz said...

I am really happy that you are feeling better, its horrible being ill just when the lovely weather starts. At least you got to enjoy it today.

Serenata said...

Glad you are on the mend.

Try having manuka honey I'm sure it helps boost the immune system. :-)

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Isabelle
How lovely that you are feeling better and have been out in the garden enjoying the beautiful sunshine and fresh air!
I did enjoy your photo-journal of little Agnes bear telling us about your days of feeling poorly - she's quite the actress, is little Agnes!
You certainly adopted the best attitude to dealing with feeling poorly by taking the opportunity to do lovely things.
And from your previous post, the cupboard looks amazing - what a great way to display your treasures - you've inspired me to do a makeover of the inside of our bureau display cabinet.
I hope you continue to feel well and dandy,
Happy days to you,
Denise x

Antonia said...

Dear Isabelle,
thank you very much for your comment on my blog. Your blog is lovely too. I hope you already feel better. I'm also in love with your outfit!
Hug Antonia

Louise said...

Sounds like you need to nurture yourself a little. Lots of rest, good food, and get your strength back so those horrid bugs don't get you. Loving Agnes...what a cutie !
Louise xx

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear you have been under the weather and feeling fuzzy What lovely goodies you have been able to enjoy while you have been recovering

Alijane said...

Sorry you have been under the weather again, it sometimes goes like that though doesn't it.

Glad you are feeling perkier now.

Take care of yourself.


Alijane said...

Sorry you have been under the weather again, it sometimes goes like that though doesn't it.

Glad you are feeling perkier now.

Take care of yourself.


Beach Bygones said...

Get well soon. Thanks for sharing these lovely inspiring photos.

Thedarkerside73 said...

Poor you, hope you are fighting fit soon. Its rubbish when you are not up to your normal speed.

Loved your story told through your cute rabbit.

Take care now.


Country Style Living said...

Glad your feeling better.... nothing better than watching an old film, or reading a good book, when your not feeling so the eiderdown

Pixiedust said...

Get well soon ((((big hugs)))) xxxx

It's me said...

Get well sooon !! my dear Suzy !!

What a lovely cute little rabbit..............hugs from me Ria

Jill said...

Glad you're feeling better

Hugs RosieP x

harmony and rosie said...

Oh you poor thing, isn't it just typical that the moment the sun comes out you get the lurgy. So glad your furry friend is helping you out though. You must get yourself some coconut oil, it is a potent anti-viral and you can use it in lots of different ways. We swear by it in our home!

Get well soon and take care of yourself.

Kate x

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Glad you feel a little bit better and are able to be positive and do what you can. There have been some nasty bugs about this winter and spring. A bit surprising given the cold snap we had. Stll hopefully sunshine round the corner in more ways than one.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Such a charming post...and I am glad you are starting to feel better! Your cupboard makeover is amazing! Love all your treasures...the colors and wallpaper! So cheerful!
Take care!
Laura :)

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle, what an adorable bunny rabbit. I am pleased you are on the mend. Don't forget to take garlic and most important of all - a few early nights. I am always frayed because I don't get enough sleep. We try to do too much! My David who is normally as fit as a bull, has been ill all year too. I think when Alfie died, his immune system collapsed. I'm a big believer that our emotional and physical health is very linked. I know you have had your cross to carry this year as well. It must cheer you to see how much beauty and pleasure you bring to so many stranger around the world as you detail your life. I love looking at your goodies! I shall have to try to track Neal's Yard products down. Keep yourself well, dearest. Thanks for your visits to my Blog. I always appreciate seeing you there as you have so many people to keep track of. xx

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Forgot to mention I also love the outfit. I thought you were the model. It's perfect for you xx

A Thrifty Mrs said...

You poor thing! Creativty through the fug of illness, wow you're a better woman than me.

Love that outfit and how sweet is wee Agnes?

Glad you're feeling better.

melanie said...

I hope you are feeling much better really soon. :) xxx

Guenievre said...

Bonjour Isabelle,
j'espère que vous allez vite vous remettre de votre "vilain" rhume ! Chez nous, quand un rhume s'installe, je fais des infusions de thym (sucrée au miel) c'est assez efficace pour réduire la durée du rhume.
Il fait aussi un temps magnifique en Bretagne, du coup je passe beaucoup de temps au jardin à .... lire ;-))
Ce temps est tellement agréable qu'il faut en profiter. La couture et le bricolage vont attendre le retour des nuages.
J'aime beaucoup le tissu vintage et le papier L. Ashley, bien sûr !

Remettez-vous bien et bonne semaine.

Les Cotrions said...

I hope you're well very soon Isabelle! Take care my friend!!!

Rebecca said...

Such cute pictures!!!!
Glad you are feeling better, I hope you're enjoying the sunshine :-)

Flaviana said...

Dear Isabelle
I have a condition that involves my immune system to be at low-levels pretty much all the time.I had bronchitis twice this winter so I understand how you feel and am very happy to learn you're starting to feel better !I love your bunnies and that dress..WOW! You always post such pretty images I've been scrolling the page up and down for 15 minutes!
Take care my dear and keep in touch
xx Flaviana
P.S. I'm addicted to Neal's yard remedies stuff!

Entre Nous said...

Feel well soon.

I too am stuck indoors with a nasty intestinal thing and am going through my blog-roll while the sun shines outside and my boots sit by the door. Pinning quilt pieces for design before sewing. On the floor. Two feet away from the bathroom door.........!

bellaboo said...

So sorry..hope you feel bright as a button really soon!
I love the Helford river...wish i was there right now too.

Bellaboo :0)

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Hope you're feeling all better now, Isabelle. I've been struck down again by a nasty post-viral syndrome, so I will definitely be doing some of the things you have suggested. I adore your little bunny!

Kelly said...

Glad you are feeling better! Love all the new things you got! I agree about that outfir! Goregeous!!

Clare said...

Poor you, what a time you've had! So glad you're feeling better now...lovely eiderdown as well!

Secondhandrose said...

Such a cute post with Agnes as your helper. Glad you are back to good health or at least feeling better. Come for a visit.


Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

I hope your virus goes away soon! Your wee bunny is just so charming, and I love that wallpaper! I spotted your Neal's Yard bottles and it fondly reminded me of my last visit to the UK when I stocked up on them myself (I still have my blue GLASS bottles - I think they're plastic now?? - it shows you how long ago I was across the pond)! lol

koralee said...

So glad that you are feeling better!!!! We have had more colds than normal here too. Extra hugs to help you get back to normal. xox

Unknown said...

Hope you feel better soon, love all the cute pics and your cupboard makeover pictures are gorgeous! Have a sweet day!

Cowboys and Custard said...

Poor you Isabelle.. you have had far more than your fair share of colds and bugs this year..
I hope this beautiful Spring weather will lift your spirits and afford you some time in the garden. I find plants so healing and good for the soul!
The Helford is one of my favourite corners too.. and was only a hop and skip from my parent's cottage in Coverack. We often went to Helford village for lunch at the Waterman's Arms..I think that was what it is called. Haven't been for years but they did do a fantastic pasty there!
Hope you are feeling well enough to enjoy this weekend ahead.
Michele xxx

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

I just wanted to wish you and your family a lovely weekend Isabelle. Hope you are feeling a bit better. David is still sick. Your comment made me smile on my Blog. We will have to grow old and a bit eccentric together on our Blogs. It's better than the alternative! All the years of broken sleep with Daisy and Alfie made my hormones go totally haywire!
I do love Rachel's new book. So lovely. Thanks for checking out the links I put up. Now I have to go and tackle a basket of ironing whilst I watch an English cooking show. Hee hee. Exciting Friday night! xx

manon 21 said...

bien joli ce petit lapin!!

merci de ton passage chez moi.

Bonne journée


Madelief said...

Dear Isabelle,

Hope you will feel better soon! Enjoy your weekend! I hope the weather will be as lovely in the UK as in Holland!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Kom Achterom said...

What a nice site you have
I go follow you.
I hope your soon bether!!
Have a verry nice and shiny weekend