the title of this post is totally stolen form Sarah, who saw it as a hashtag somewhere and liked the idea of it. I like the idea of it too.
I'm enjoying January so far. With the pressure of Christmas over I feel able to relax and enjoy some slow, quiet days.
Of course life with three teens is never that quiet, but I can always go for a walk.
After years of never having a moment to myself these simple pleasures still delight me.
I love a walk at twilight when the sunset is still colouring the sky and the moon is rising.
Looking at the moon through bare branched trees is rather beautiful.
My Amaryllis has finally flowered. I love the slow process of watching it grow.
Sadly this year my plant had a encounter with a candle just before Christmas and I had to perform "Life Changing Surgery" as eldest put it. At least it had a second flower stem and if I stand it in front of a mirror it looks like it still has two flower stems :0)
I'm playing safe with fairy lights instead of candles now.
Of course there are a fair amount of grey days, when it's hard to find something pretty to photograph. But there is a sort of calm quietness ( when it's not windy)
I liked Lucy's description in THIS post ..."the pared back simplicity of the winter scenery."
And then there are birds. So much easier to spot in winter and braver because they are hungry. Robins hop around the footpaths.
And in my garden there's almost always a Blackbird. I have feeders in the trees and scatter meal worms on the grass by the bird bath.
and seeds on the picnic bench attract many different birds. How I loved this cute Wren.
Snacking on the sunflower seeds.
The pictures are not the best but they were taken through the bedroom window. I love having a good zoom.
And I was fascinated by these ducks that hardly stopped dabbling. They were so hard to photograph.
I had no idea what they were, but I've looked them up. They are Teals...of course they are. Just look at their "eye shadow" and the little flashes on their wings.
Another sight we can only see in winter.
This female mallard was much easier to photograph, it's just a shame I chopped off part of her reflection.
Winter you are just fine with me at the moment. In a bit I will be more than ready for my favourite season, spring, but not yet. I'm not wishing winter away.
How about you?