It is a truth universally acknowledged that it is impossible enter an IKEA store without making an unscheduled purchase. This white enamel jug is a case in point. Now, I am hip to the tricks of IKEA, or so I thought. Last week I had to nip our local IKEA to replace a broken door hook, and like Frodo and Sam crossing the Dead Marshes, I looked neither left nor right as I crossed the store lest I be lured from my path by some entrancing vision. But alas, as I steadfastly made my way to Aisle 29 Location 16 where lay the door hook (16 in stock), I accidentally saw this white jug. It wasn’t my fault, your Honour, it just sort of came with me to the till and before I knew it I’d paid for it and suddenly it was there on the car seat beside me and so I took it home and hid it in a cupboard, ashamed.
This week is the second anniversary of In a Vase on Monday, which is hosted by the inimitable Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. It is interesting, and perhaps not a coincidence, that it was in November that she started this challenge to fill a vase with something from the garden every week. All but the most stubborn plants have gone over by now, meaning that I for one had to search very hard for something to put in a vase. Actually, that’s not quite truthful: I didn’t search very hard at all, because I could see perfectly well that not a single vase-worthy specimen was going to be found anywhere except from the monster of a cotoneaster outside our back door, which is the only thing I have with the slightest hint of autumn interest at the moment. Anyway, a big armful of berry-laden evergreen branches is a cheerful thing to have in the house at this time of year, and this simple white jug makes itself useful by showing the red berries off to their best advantage. So I’m not quite so sorry about my impulse buy anymore.