Well if that’s not a sign of new beginnings I don’t know what is.
But believe it or not – that picture is from LAST week in DECEMBER! Snowdrops in December. Either I’m very green fingered or that’s global warming and a lorra lorra compost at work.
And without further ado – to the other little bits and pieces that have made my week happy:
1. A quiet New Year’s eve. Does anyone actually like New Year’s Eve? Where you stay up for ages at a party and get slowly and surely battered, ring in the New Year with another drink you don’t really need and then go home? Ok ok – maybe everyone loves it but me – total granny and I don’t care who knows it. But I loved mine. We drank champagne, ate Mexican food (chicken fajhitas, refried beans and HUGE quantities of guacamole with home made tortilla chips if you’re askin’) and promptly fell asleep on the sofa. We woke up for the fireworks then watched Jools Holland until late late late. Not at all sorry.
2. A freezing cold New Year’s Day walk by the sea. To blow away the foggy head caused by that champagne and that weird sleeping pattern the night before. Where it’s so cold your nose runs a little and you get stinging ears when you get back in the car. Where it hurts a little bit to inhale? Love it.
3. The blue blue sky at this time of year. This is ‘real’ winter weather isn’t it? Where there’s frost on the ground and the air snaps around you. I went on a little wander for a late lunch break today, and the sun was sinking, though it was not even 3pm. It was sinking down towards the horizon bathing the countryside in a warm yellow glow, the dark branches standing out against the light behind. Parents walked home with their children, bundled up in scarves and hats, wellies keeping their toes out of the puddles they were cheerfully splashing in. It’s one of my favourite seasons this – real winter.
4. Home made pasta. Who knew? Buttery and rich, but light! Delish. Worth having to stop 3 times in the middle of kneading the dough due to having puny little arm muscles.
5. Eating normally again. Maybe it’s because I’m a real proper adult now, but I’m a bit over stuffing myself silly at Christmas. Well Christmas day’s an exception, obv. I was a touch more restrained than in recent years in terms of actual food, but that’s not to say I didn’t eat enough chocolate to load up a small van over the festive period. Terry’s Chocolate Orange how do you do that to me year after year. Has anyone ever, EVER eaten just one piece?
6. Making resolutions. It’s not really about keeping them is it? It’s about being full of good intentions, the brand-new-you, the fresh faced, the inspired. Full of beans and full of optimism. It’s nice.
7. Hearing the birds again. I haven’t heard them for a while – maybe that’s because it seems like ages since I went on a good ramble amongst the trees. I’m trying to learn their different sounds but I never remember. I just like hearing them calling to each other, scurrying around in the undergrowth, flying from tree to tree. It always makes me feel a little bit more peaceful when I can hear the sounds of nature. Something to take me out of myself, to remember that the natural world is just whirring around, regardless of us hurrying humans.
8. Staying off the booze. This is a serious one for me – and I hesitate to put it out here because it makes it all the more real – but I’ve been drinking less recently, and intend to keep it this way. Not to avoid alcohol altogether, but just to cut way back. I’ve been fitter, more energised, and contrary to my fears, have still enjoyed a heck of a lot of socialising. It’s wonderful, so it shall stay!
9. That little scene above. Sometimes I’m walking along and something just takes my breath away. This week it was this little spot we reached on a walk nearby. The light was just stunning, catching the glow of the autumn leaves, the bare branches of the trees and the perfectly still water reflecting the whole lovely lot. Beautiful.
And that’s it for Wonderful Wednesday this week, a little later than usual. Before you go – have a look at the rest of the gang – and have a lovely week! We’ve got Sally, Michelle, Kate, Jo, Cat, Sam, El, Laura, and Kerri, and Jasmin!