right now I'm entering my eighth year of blogging. Eight years...wow. Times change but I think there is still something special about our corner of blogland.
It's true I do enjoy joining in with that quick and easy Instagram interface on my mobile phone these days But I really don't want to loose touch with my little blog.
So this seems to be the ideal time to show this rather neglected, but much beloved, space of mine a bit more attention. Last year I only published 38 blog posts. My lowest yearly total ever. So I'm determined to do better this year. It's just how best to get my blog habit back?
This desire has led me to come up with "Simply Seasonal". I'm hoping to publish these posts every Sunday and focus on the simple things that have been making me smile that week. The changing seasons have been a source of inspiration to me for many years now. Hence the title.
It is a comfort in even the most testing times to notice those "small joys" and feel gratitude for the good in your life, so this year I'm using my blog to do just that again. I suppose that I may have a very occasional moan. I do hope you will forgive me :0)
So without any more waffle, here is my first weekly roundup of happy things....simple, seasonal or both :-
1 ♥ Sunshine on Wednesday. I love this day when mum and I get to catch up. We still drive to a local market town and do a bit of essential shopping. We travel the back roads and sometimes stop to admire the view.
2♥ Thrifty finds. Mum found these books in the charity shop and treated me. I'm so looking forward to discovering some new places this year. Thank you Mum x
I bought some glasses to replace a couple of breakages. I'm always happy to avoid buying new where possible.
Look, no Packaging either:0)
4 ♥ A warming breakfast. It's so comforting making porridge on a chilly morning. For one person you just need half a cup of oats,
which you combine with one cup of milk...any milk you like.
Then you stand a stir till it comes to the boil. It doesn't take long and the heat from the ring is very welcome.
Once it's creamy and bubbling you are good to go.
Add whatever you like, fruit, sugar, honey. Or golden syrup like me.
I then add a little cold milk so it's not quiet as thick and it doesn't burn my mouth when I dive in :0)
Then it warms you from the inside too. Perfect.
5 ♥ A walk with surprises. Even when it's chilly and grey I love to get outdoors for a walk. The bare trees look beautiful.
And the churchyard is peaceful.
I wanted to leave some food for the Robin I saw here the other week, so I placed some on top of this post and started to leave.
But almost immediately he appeared.
Tentatively he hoped towards the food.
Then ate it.
That really made me smile, and so did the green shoots emerging at my feet.
I do think it's great that we have this shop, but I haven't used it much. This week I was in search of some soft red yarn for a project, so I popped in here.
7♥ The Kitchen When it's chilly I like to be in a warn kitchen cooking for the family. Everybody likes carbonara.
And as I had an extra day off work this week there was time to do some soup making. It's great to turn a few vegetable into a tasty lunch.
Leek and potato with warm crusty rolls. Yummy and healthy. I used THIS recipe.
then enjoy the baking smells in the morning. I just adore Cinnamon.
Warm tea loaf with melting butter. So comforting on a cold January day.
8 ♥ Winter Sunshine, oh I think I've had this one already....but this is indoor sunshine. I love the low angle of the sun at this time of year. It shines right into the house.
And when it hits my rainbow maker the room just glitters.
On our local TV news I leaned about THIS great idea. Basically all newborns are given a colour coded hat to wear straight after birth. It's to avoid them getting chilled and the colours are an easy reference for the staff to see which babies are more at risk. I think it's such a clever idea. The simple ideas are often the best aren't they.
When my twins were born prematurely the hats I had bought were way too big and I was very thankful that the hospital had donated hats in smaller sizes that they could wear.
It's at times like this I wish I could knit....ummm. Now there's an idea :0)
Have a great week Lovelies