We're having some very moody weather at the moment, the whip end of some storm with a name that I can't remember right now*. Fierce, blustery winds and rain, rain, rain, the sort of weather that tells you in no uncertain terms not to venture out unless absolutely necessary.
On Sunday morning there was a brief respite from the thrashing storm - still moody and windy, but some beautiful fleeting little shafts of golden sunlight and at long last, no rain. No rain!! Blinkin' 'eck, lets get out there..............!
We seized the opportunity to get out for a short walk, herding the little people into clothes, boots, coats and into the car pronto before they could grasp what was happening to their sleepy little Sunday morning bodies. The time stamp on these photos is 08:26, I can hardly compute that we actually managed to pull this off.
We went on a local walk we know and love only a couple miles from the Attic. It provides a short stint around the circumference of the water which is enough to persuade the Little Peeps that it's do-able in under an hour and maybe-possibly even enjoyable for goodness sakes. There was lots of mud, there was a running fall with a bumped knee and streaming tears, there were cold feet, ears and fingers. But there was also chocolate and fresh air, chatter and banter. There were scudding clouds and the most exquisite light. It was worth the effort, it really, truly was.
Amazingly, we were back home by 09:30, and the rest of a lazy, indoor Sunday stretched deliciously ahead (and laundry free, woohooo!!). We definitely saw the best of the weather in the early morning, it wasn't long before the rain came lashing down again and boy, were we all glad that we were home for the duration.
Little B discovered the joys of colouring this weekend - not any old colouring you understand, but what he sweetly calls "grown up colouring". He sits with me at the computer, scrutinising the images of Adult Colouring Pages on the screen until he settles on one that appeals. His choices are oddly endearing and despite me pleading with him to choose the owl, choose the owl! he poo-poos the animals and settles for mandalas and wordy things instead. Little B is a child who loves a challenge and he has shown amazing staying power with this colouring lark. He chooses his colours thoughtfully and uses the pens with surprising skill for a just turned six year old. He completed the above colouring over two days, and yes, yes of course I joined in, you didn't expect me to resist did you? Well actually the kidlett did ask me to join in, he asked for me to sit at the table and do some colouring with him, and it was the most delightful fun. And I promise I only took pens to about a quarter of the above, the majority is Little B's own work. He is very proud of his efforts, we dated and laminated it and everything.
Mid morning I did have to pop back outside, oooo it was so cold out there! I only nipped out into the back yard to visit my pot of rosemary.....
....a few sprigs to bring in for J who was busy wearing his very own pinny and making a jolly fine mess in the kitchen. Cripes, that man uses about 37 little dishes and bowls and pans and spoons of various size to make one single meal. I mean, is it really necessary to measure out herbs and spices and place them in a little dish in advance of them going into the pan? But listen, I am not complaining, that man of mine does enjoy cooking and Winter cooking is his fave. Warming stews and fiery curries are his speciality, which makes for a perfectly great Februaryish meal.
On Sunday he rustled up a most delicious Beef Hotpot in the slow cooker and we were treated to seven hours of mouth watering cooking smells before tucking in to the meal itself. It was yummy, even more so because it was cooked by someone other than me.
Slow cooker cooking is just perfect for Winter weekends, there is nothing better than sitting in front of the fire crocheting all afternoon, knowing that the evening meal is merrily cooking itself. I can highly recommend it.
* I just did a little flit through google to find out the name of the current storm ("Imogen") - absolutely fascinating reading. So it'll be Storm Jake next then, I bloody love possessing weather related knowledge!