Playing, light, and parcels.

1) We bumped into friends at the park, and all the kids disappeared off together into the woods to “build a shelter” – a favourite activity. In reality, I think the girls built a “grass palace” and the boys climbed trees. But much fun was had, and they didn’t want to leave to come home for tea.

2)  It was nearly 8pm and the sun was beginning to dip beneath the horizon. I feel my soul breathing a sigh of relief that the dark of winter is finally over, and the longer lighter evenings of summer are on their way.

3) Wrapping up parcels – always good fun 🙂 .

Daffodils, friends, and outside.

1) K brought me some daffodils the other day, tightly folded into their buds. After a day or two in the warmth of the house, the buds are opening, and the beautiful golden heads are starting to emerge.

2) Friends came round in the evening, and we each made progress on our various crafts. It was good to spend kid-free time together, to work together, to share together, and to talk.

3) Sunshine, and snow. The hills surrounding us are beautiful, sprinkled in white, reflecting the sunshine. The day closed with a lovely sunset, and then the stars came out.

Long walk, girly dinner, and time to myself.

1) My friend and I went for a walk along the canal this morning. It was such a beautiful morning that we just sort of kept walking. And walking. Seven miles later I eventually arrived home.  Great start to the day!

2) With K in London, and A at Cubs, M and I sat down to what was probably the first ever girl’s only dinner we’ve shared. It was fun!

3) I got all my chores done early, and the kids went to sleep pretty quickly too, meaning I had a evening all to myself 🙂 .

Not so long, spring, and sunny drive.

1) If I had just been there to buy it for myself, I would have walked away. As it was, I took a deep breath and joined the queue which curled its way around the shop and out of the door, and prepared myself for a length wait. However, no more than a couple of minutes later, the queue suddenly shifted and I realised that there was an “express kiosk” selling precisely what I was there to buy, and only one person ahead of me 🙂 .

2) Today the kids are celebrating that it is the “first day of spring” (when one defines Spring by a date, rather than the garden!).

DSCF0338Megan’s Daffodil

3) We’re off to Inverness in an hour or two, and the drive from here to there will be glorious on this beautiful sunny afternoon.

A short walk, a longer walk, and tea.

1) To realise I can buy the item I need with a short and sunny walk along the High Street in the town that I am visiting, rather than driving to the next town, paying to park the car, and then walking to the shop there.

2) At lunchtime, my friend calls… “I’m giving in to temptation, can we go for that walk after all?”.  We enjoy a brisk one hour walk, then go our separate ways back to the things we should be doing on this sunny afternoon.

3) I come home tired from the meeting, to be greeted at the door by K with a hot cup of tea.

Morning, afternoon, evening.

1) We met friends at the park this morning – A cycled, M Flikered, D roller-skated, and S ran. T and I walked.  It was a beautiful sunny day, warm even, for February, and it was lovely to be out in it.

2) Afternoon fun, tidying the house, playing Qwirkle – I won! and happy children.

3) Evening relaxation. Dinner, a wee glass of prosecco, and sleeping children.

Walking, small things, and craft night.

1) A cold walk in the winter sunshine with a friend. We went a different route this afternoon, and it was lovely to see some different scenery.  When we were nearly home, we caught up with another of my regular walking partners – I’m going walking with her tomorrow.

2) K turned plumber this evening, and replaced the broken tap in the kitchen.  How lovely to have hot running water in the kitchen once again 🙂 .

3) Three of us have decided to start a regular fortnightly craft night, and several others have shown interest in joining us – we began tonight, even though, because of the short notice, only two of us were free. It was fab – I can’t wait for a fortnight’s time!

Six minutes, walk, and fairy lights.

1) I turned up for my appointment one minute early, was called in two minutes late, spent approximately three minutes in there, and was out of the door six minutes after I arrived!

2) The weather and timing coincided, and we managed to get out for a lovely long walk in the winter sunshine. The chat was good too 🙂 .

3) In the corner of the room, I have a vase of chocolate brown twigs with fairy lights wound around the stems. Unfortunately some of the LEDs have failed, and K (my resident expert in such matters) tells me that they can’t be replaced.  I go out to look for a replacement, and find myself quite taken with some creamy orchid stems.  On their own, I didn’t like them so much, but I reaaranged them with my old twigs, and now I have an pretty arrangement of browns and creams and lights to brighten that corner of the room.

Pink juice, walk, and small things.

1) Good friends visit. And it’s a good visit (despite two of the children both managing to knock a cup of blackcurrant juice all over my sofa within the space of an hour…  Thankfully child number three was too small to emulate them!).

2) A walk in the cold crisp autumn afternoon sunshine.

3) Sometimes, it is the simple, the small, the quiet things that matter the most. I have a headache (no doubt in part owing to the hour of physio on my neck yesterday). A hot cup of tea soothes. A soft sofa comforts. A child’s touch rubbing my neck relaxes.

Weekend away, morning drive, and winning.

From the weekend:

1) We spent a lovely weekend staying with friends in the Lake District. There were walks, and talks, craft, and baking, a visit to the Pencil Museum (well worth a visit if you are in Keswick), afternoon tea and a play in Whinlatter Forest and time to relax and chat after the kids were in bed.

2) A beautiful drive through morning sunshine home across the Southern Uplands – the autumn colours were stunning, especially the hillsides covered in bright rust coloured trees.

3) A was participating in a Boy’s Brigade Bible Knowledge competition on Sunday afternoon.  He arrived home happy and triumphant – his team (of three) had won!