There. Pretty, ain’t it?Â That’s the windowsill of the guest room upstairs, and perfect for this week’s ABC Wednesday, as you see.
Beautiful blooms in a blue jug take the centre, flanked by those two red bottles – they used to contain Welsh spring water, and they were so lovely that I couldn’t bear to throw them away.Â They provide a nice splash of contrast in a room which is mainly yellows, golds and blues.Â They’re quite nice to use for single buds or blossoms too.
You might also notice, on the right hand side of the picture, a dish of marbles, which are, of course, nothing more than little glass balls.Â I found these while sorting out the boys‘ toys, years ago, in a box of abandoned bits and pieces and I’ve always had a soft spot for marbles, so I found a little glass dish to put them in and they just sit there looking colourful and round and shiny.Â The reason they found their way into the spare room (along with a few other games and toys) is that if someone ever comes to stay with a young child, that’s the room they’ll sleep in, so I’ve put a few toys and games in there to give them something to do.Â I remember being taken to stay in strange ‘adult’ houses as a child, don’t you?Â There was never anything to do, was there?Â Â So boring.Â Look carefully, and you’ll maybe be able to spot a blue marble or two in there.
So what on earth is that strange thing to the left?Â What?Â You mean you don’t recognise Willy Wonka?Â Haven’t you seen Charlie and theÂ Chocolate Factory?Â It’s Johnny Depp, you know, in one of his most bizarre – but delightful – roles to date.Â Tennessee Jenn sent him to me for my birthday one year, but he gives OH the creeps so he has been relegated to the guest room, where he delights my fellow Depp fans when they stay.Â He is a bobblehead, by the way.
The interesting thing about Willy Wonka is that he was the only victim of the earthquake we suffered here in February last year .Â He was standing on top of our plasma TV at the time, and you know how thin the top of a plasma TV is.Â Â Now, the trouble with bobbleheads is that they bobble.Â And when the earth is moving they bobble quite violently, and the poor fellow just bobbled himself right off.
As you can see, he became totally broken.Â Poor Willy.Â Don’t you think he looks a little bewildered?
By the way, the marbles don’t usually sit on the windowsill. They are normally kept on a shelf here with the books.
Yes, yes, I know. Quite mad. You don’t have to remind me. The Jack Sparrow lunch box was a gift. I don’t go out and buy these things you know! Well .. I didn’t buy that one, anyway. Tee hee