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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!



Windows and doors have been flung open in the last few days,  to let in the unusually warm air. 
I'm breaking out my summer clothing already!  Can't last Mr says, as there is a cold snap coming.... what a happy little soul!

We've  moved the bench to the top of the garden again, as the lengthening days mean the sun remains there the longest.  It was still light at 6.00pm yesterday and we made the most of it sitting watching the birds on the feeder,  robins,  great, tufted, blue and long tailed tits, sparrows, when suddenly a sparrow hawk swooped straight across the garden and sadly that was the last of the bird activity, as they all had the sense to stay hidden.  Last year a sparrow hawk did this, again right in front of us, but it took a bird, which although is only nature at its rawest,  was still quite shocking.

It's much the same when we walk the dogs, with skylarks swooping about in pairs, performing what I imagine is their courting ritual  at t…
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TULIPS,  SOURDOUGH,  MANDALAS...OH, AND SNOW!

I cannot believe we are already almost halfway through February.....where did January go for goodness sake?

I've been treating myself to tulips, for which I'm a bit of a sucker, with this delicious bunch reminding me of rhubarb and custard sweets f or some reason. My affection for tulips at this time of year stems from the fact that they don't elicit itchy watery eyes and snotty, sniffly noses, symptoms that daffodils do.  Having said that, I have some Tete a Tete in the kitchen that will be coming into flower soon, so better stock up on the tissues.

This bunch also called to me.....well, you can't have too many can you?
I thought how nice they would look with  some sort of matching doily underneath them and a mandala sprang to mind.  I chose to this pattern one for it's design and colour palette and it proved to be an easy little make.
The photo does not show the true colours, quelle suprise, as the light is so bad at…
The house felt a little nude, once Christmas had been removed, so I had a good tidy and clean, and up went the little twinkly lights and out come the candles.


The weather here has been lovely for this time of year,  a bit of sunshine most days and the odd gorgeous sunset, this one taken from my bathroom window this week.


I usually find January quite a hard month, like many people, so to remedy this we embrace the hygge.   I treated myself to this little book a while ago,  a lovely little read, just right for this time of year.  It's recommendations are really nothing new to this household. but it's nice that it now has a name.


We're making time for long, bracing walks every afternoon, then coming home, lighting the fire and candles and snuggling down with very contented and tired dogs, for the evening.


We 're eating lots of  comfort food,  last nights offering being free range sausages, puy lentils, peppers, home grown kale in beefy red wine.  We mopped up with crusty…
2019 I EMBRACE YOU


I used to dislike New Year, but now I just think how lucky I am to be welcoming in a new one.

My dodgy looking glass contains homemade pomegranate kefir, which is my new favourite tipple. I'm making up for my over indulgent festive period and have to say, it's quite addictive!

No resolutions for me, as I'm so useless at keeping them.  However, I will try to work off some of the poundage that I seem to have gained......how did that happen then?

Probably all the laziness betwixt Christmas and New Year, which we thoroughly embraced.  Lolling around on sofas with the dogs, watching films, doing puzzles, snacking instead of eating proper meals.  We did take the doggies out every day for a good long walk, but that was about it.

The decorations are still up, as our custom is to take them down the first weekend after New Year, just to stretch the holiday that little bit further.

Well, we  may still be up at midnight, to welcome in the New Year, but more than li…
IT WAS PERFECT!


The perfect Christmas and birthday.

My birthday celebrations on Christmas Eve were full of laughter and fun, with all my favourite and most loved peeps being present, plus my niece's boyfriend that we hadn't met before.


I laughed so much, I had face ache the next day.

My girl and her man were here for both days, leaving Christmas at noon, after presents and an epic breakfast cooked by Mr.  They, like us, will be celebrating Christmas on Boxing Day this year with his girls and Mum and Dad.

I hope that your Christmas, if you celebrated, gave you as much joy xx
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR

Trying to summon up the Christmas spirit here.  I normally love this time of year, but I just can't muster any enthusiasm at the moment.


I broke out the Christmas mugs and indulged in a frothy, cream topped latte...nothing.

Mr put up some decorations and lit our little 'ting, ting', as I call it, to try and trigger my Christmas spirit.


He put up one of the indoor Christmas trees, which I decorated, whilst sipping a snowball, which did raise the spirits somewhat.





I just feel like my brain is in a fug and have for a couple of weeks now.  I even struggled when I met up with my girlfriends a couple of days ago last week, finding it hard to contribute to the conversation.  I'm putting it down to the time of year, but I've also not been looking after myself properly, I know that.  Back to the healthy, more probiotic diet I think, just till Christmas proper arrives and I have plenty of it in the house.  When I was eating properly, I certainly fe…