Friday 16 February 2024

A letter from my life ::1

Hello Lovelies ,
  this week I've been thinking about how nice it is to receive a "newsy" ( non-bragging!) letter. Not that letters are a feature of my life these days.
The blog format does lend itself to a letter type of communication though,  doesn't it. I suppose these posts are often like a modern version of a letter to a friend.  

So here's my letter to you this week ❤️

I do hope this letter finds you well. Last week I challenged myself to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, as a combination of the short days and lack of motivation had caused me to become a bit lazy. It required me to go on a bit longer dog walks, and that has benefited Lando too. I use a simple App on my phone to track my activity. 


I managed my 7 day challenge, and so far this week, I've managed to keep it up as well.

It's lovely to be outside more, especially now there are signs of spring everywhere. Snowdrops always make my heart happy.


Something else I'd let slip was feeding the birds in the churchyard.  When Lando was younger I needed all my attention on what he was up to. Now he is two it's not so intense.  So I remember to put bird seed in my pocket and leave some for my feathered friends ๐Ÿฆ.


Recently mum had expressed a desire to take a trip up to Derbyshire again. She gave up driving last year ( at the age of 93) so I try and make outings possible as often as I can. On Monday it was sunny so we went on a little away day. 

 
The winter sunlight was very welcome and a mossy stone wall always makes me smile. 

As do the hills and views.


We stopped in Cromford wharf for a comfort break ๐Ÿ˜Š and l couldn't resist a look at it's pretty canal.


Mum's desired destination was the fabulously quirky Scarthin books, also in Cromford . The art roon is  on the first floor. A real struggle for mum, but she was determined ๐Ÿ‘.


Mid week was not as sunny. Still, the welly walks continued. I'm wondering what will happen to this cygnet, who still hangs about with it's parents? I have a feeling that he or she will be sent packing soon, as new babies will be on the horizon ๐Ÿฃ.


Even on a grey day this coppiced willow looked stunning,  with it's brightly coloured stems.


Wednesday was valentines day. Hubby and I don't really go for this anymore. He does buy me flowers , but not on set dates. 

My sweet work colleague kindly gave me some chocolate hearts.  She is one of life's joys. Hardworking and always thoughtful despite her own worries.  I'm very lucky to know her. 


Also at work, I noticed my first crocuses of the year. Aren't they gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜ 



Today the sun was back and trees are suddenly full of blossom.  I think it must be the exceptionally mild weather. 


Oh and the first green shoots too. Wonderful 


Blue sky reflections are always welcome.


It was so warm neither myself nor Lando needed a coat. Ridiculous for February but enjoyable nonetheless.  There's my attempt at photographic evidence ๐Ÿคฃ.


And here's the giant puddle we have to wade through.  There has been so much rain! 


In other news, I'm still doing well with my "slow spend year". I did make two charity shop purchases last week. A mug to replace one I broke, and a new address book to replace my old one, which I have had since the 90's. It's good to have an up to date list of contacts,  but sad to leave out those who are no longer with us. 


Speaking of those who are no longer with us, I was so upset to learn of the sudden passing of the DJ radio presenter Steve Wright this week. His zany show was my absolute favourite on Radio 1 in the 80's. 

On a happier note, mum and I finished the working week with a second outing. This time we had an appointment with a pot of tea for two and a slice of coffee and walnut cake, to share ๐Ÿ˜‹. 


Mum has been donating some of her art to this charity as they are always so welcoming and do great work supporting local people, living with terminal illness. 

Doesn't mum's sweet flower painting look lovely here ๐Ÿ’•


I'll finish now and hope to write again soon. 
Your comments always make me smile and these days l do my best to reply to every one ๐Ÿฅฐ.

Jacquie x

17 comments:

  1. You have a lovely blog. Your mom's art is so beautiful. I enjoyed your photos of the beautiful flowers and landscape.

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Mary. That's very kind of you xx

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  2. I noticed snowdrops too! Was saying to my wee girl that spring is going to be here soon as it is sign of it. I can't wait. For past two months I've been counting weeks when it's March again. February is especially tiring for me, don't know why.

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    1. It's so heartening to see the first flowers isn't it. I'm not sure the extra day in February this year is welcome. I hope your energy return soon ๐Ÿ’š Jacquie xx

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  3. Jacquie, So lovely to see new blog entries from you this year! Lovely to see your mum on your outing too. I've always admired her art. My own blog has been blocked since last year's April entry. So frustrating. I think I managed to do a new blog entry today, but I can't get into it myself!

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    1. Oh no, that's terrible Sandra. I can't see it either, though it shows up on my sidebar. Thank you for the kind comment. I hope you manage to resolve the access issues soon ๐Ÿคž❤️ Jacquie xx

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    2. Thanks, Jacquie! I just managed to unblock my blog ... it has taken ages, but I'm back again, thank goodness! Maybe you can have a little look and see if you can get in?!

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  4. hi Jacquie, lovely photo's as usual. Cromford canal and Scarthin books is one of my favourite places.Not far for me , living in Derby. I love your dog. He looks full of beans....so handsome ! Certainly is lovely to see the snowdrops. Big swathes of them in our park. Have you got any crochet on the go ?

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    1. Hi Caz, thanks for your lovely comment. It seems an extra good year for the Snowdrops doesn't it. Sadly I don't have any crochet on the go at the moment. Life seems a bit too busy and Lando would be a nuisance with yarn, so it doesn't seem worth the stress. I've plenty of wips and stash yarn for when the time is right. Jacquie xx

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  5. Thank you. So lovely to receive a letter from you. Sometimes I find it difficult to write something on my blog too. I like your mum's paintings. Is she still painting at her age?

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Margi. Yes mum is still painting. Jacquie xx

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  6. I'm glad you're back on the blog! I also follow you on Instagram, but it's not the same. The pictures are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much Irina. I'm enjoying blogging again xx

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  7. Hi Jacquie, I always get excited when I see your post come up on my feed. It means there will be joy and sense to the rest of my day. Thank you for your lovely photographs you have captured all of the good days amongst the rain. Jo xxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Jo. That really brings joy to my day. Jacquie xx

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  8. So glad to see you back here. We have been busy decluttering too and it feels good to let go of stuff. Lovely to see your pictures of you and Lando out walking. Goodness we have had a lot of rain this year so far. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and have a good week x

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    1. Thank you so much Beverly. I really appreciate your kind comment. Hope you have a lovely week xx

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