Thank you so much for all your kind comments on my first "Simply Seasonal" post last week. I do hope you continue to enjoy these weekly updates as we go through the year. I'm feeling thankful to have this structure on my blog at the moment, it makes me really take notice of the simple things that are such a joy if you just give them your attention for a short while. Here are the things that have made me smile this second week of the new year.
1 ♥ A walk in the woods It's such a gentle and uplifting way to soak in the seasonal atmosphere.
The bare trees are truly beautiful, especially when we are blessed with a little winter sunshine.
And when it's frosty fallen leaves take on a whole new appearance.
and a little further around my circuit I was delighted to see that the Which Hazel was already in blossom.
Even in the depths of winter mother nature is busy isn't she.
2 ♥ Line dried washing. On Sunday I managed to dry our bedding outside. Woo Hoo. That doesn't happen very often in January.
3 ♥ A Thoughtful Delivery. On one of my work days my mum in law sent us a HUGE meat and potato pie for our evening meal. When you have been out of the house for 12 hours it's a real treat to come home to home made fare as delicious as this was. Thank you "Nanna"
4 ♥ Getting Out. The plus side of working long days is getting time at home during the week. I get chance for short walks to put more food out for Robin.
And to notice the first tiny Snowdrops beginning to emerge.
but the lack of foliage and sunshine makes you notice the silhouettes.
and what colour there is really stands out.
I do try to eat my five a day too. Salads don't always appeal to me in winter, but roasted vegetables certainly do.
6♥ Indoor Flowers. Also appearing in my kitchen at this time of year is my windowsill garden. These inexpensive supermarket blooms are a simple thing that I really appreciate during the short winter days.
Is there any more cheerful a flower than the sunny daffodil. They are such a happy sight to come home to at the end of the day.
7 ♥ Remembering How to Knit. This was the first knitting I have attempted in about 20 years...oh, except for a couple of sessions helping Brownies learn, and that was still a decade ago now. I was amazed how well my latest foray into knitting went.
Well I did have help from lots of kind people in my computer who reminded me how to cast on, and what stocking stitch is. You Tube videos are great aren't they.
I have never been a confident knitter and I was tense. Childhood memories of dropping stitches, or ending up with more stitches nearly every row kept popping in my head. But somehow neither of those things happened. I'm sure my work is far from perfect but I was delighted with how neat it looked to my eyes.
It's so small I'm sure it would only be useful to really premature babies so I'm thinking the colour coding will not be needed in that situation.
I used THIS pattern. Gosh, that's 4 things I've made already this year. I wonder if this productive start is good sign :0)
I hope you lovelies have a good week