Day 1 of 2013, and all is well. We enjoyed a really lovely end to the Old Year last night, celebrating with friends and neighbours a little further up the street. Delicious food, mulled wine, happy children, lots of chat and laughter. Our Little People amazed us with their stamina, most especially Little B who took centre stage right through to the midnight hour.
We were all feeling a little tired and sleep deprived this morning, but we decided on the spur of the moment to head out into the countryside. We drove a few miles out of town to one of our most favourite go-to places when fresh air and sweeping vistas are required.
Just as we arrived, a beautiful rainbow appeared as if by magic, oh such joy! I took it as a supremely good omen that 2013 is indeed set to be bright and cheerful with a little dusting of good fortune.
It was actually bitterly cold up on the moor, too cold for the Little
People really, so after a short and bracing walk, we drove down into the
valley to one of our favourite picturesque villages for a stroll along
Little Man found an amazing river fossil, he was sooo pleased with his discovered treasure I wish you could have seen his sweet face.
The Winter countryside can sometimes appear very grey and bleak, and I find I really, really miss the leaves.
But there are still some small, colourful details to be found if you look for them.
I think the little itty-bits of living winter green are even more vibrant when surrounded by so much grey and brown.
Back home and all is cosy and peaceful here at number 24. Little B, exhausted by all the fresh air and pebble throwing, is snuggled up in blankets and sound asleep on the sofa. Little Lady is snuggled in the big chair watching pop videos on tv. J and Little Man are up in the Attic doing boy-things together (not exactly sure what that entails, but they've been up there for quite some time).
This is my first crochet task of 2013 - to finish the Granny Patchwork Blanket I started in September. I've got four more rows (48 squares) to make, then a nice wide border to finish. I'm enjoying this blanket very much and it's a warm and comforting way to begin the New Year.
In the next few days I'm going to be continuing with my Year End Reviews. I've been having lots of fun trawling through twelve months of photo archives, putting together some visual collections to celebrate 2012. First up we'll be immersing ourselves in some Floral Loveliness, it's going to be a complete overload of colour and natural beauty.
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