This is a lovely time of year in England as we near the end of Winter and welcome the very gentle feel of Spring in the air. Today was bright and sunny, with a beautiful light that most definitely looked and felt like Spring rather than Winter. We are on the cusp of changing seasons, and it feels really pretty good.
It's still very chilly here in my my patch mind you. The clear skies have led to freezing cold nights, and despite the sunshine the canal was frozen when we walked to school this morning. It still feels good to be cosied up indoors, although this afternoon I did have a mild thought about spending time planting up my disgracefully dead hanging baskets. The thought was very mild and lasted about 4.5 seconds before I shivered and scurried back inside. Home feels so cosy and lovely, no need to play outside just yet.
My time spent at home with Little B is a pleasure actually. After the mornings activities out and about, we generally have three hours together at home in the afternoons. These hours consist of lunch, followed by some time where we each do our own thing (train track fun for him today and catching up on emails for me), followed by some time spent together (we baked today, a batch of buns, followed by a tray of flapjack). I am still lighting the fire in the late afternoons as like I say, it is still very chilly here.
Oh but the lengthening days are soooooo welcome! I love that we are eating all our meals by natural daylight again, it feels wonderful. Our evening meal is at 5.30 and is always one of the highlights of my day. I enjoy my solo time with my apron on cooking in the kitchen, singing along to the radio. I enjoy setting the table with cutlery and glasses and waiting for J to come home. And I very much enjoy the family time we have each evening with us all eating and chatting around the table together. I made satay noodles for dinner tonight, we ate them out of bowls and they were rather mmm-mmm.
I put my hand in my coat pocket earlier to find a tissue and out came a handful of beach treasure from last week. It made me smile and made me think about holidays. We've been pondering over our holiday plans for this year and so far are still undecided quite what to do and in which order to do what we're not sure about doing. We have a family wedding to go to in the late autumn which we are are thinking about turning into a weeks holiday (the venue is in Kent somewhere, so a long way for us to travel from here for just a few days). Currently we are undecided whether to return to Northumberland again in the summer or to try somewhere completely different. And then of course we have our Connievan trips to think about and plan...oh joy! I'm going to go and visit her at the weekend to see how she has come through the winter. Seems an age since our last Connie-jolly. Can't wait for the next one. Roll on Spring, we are ready ☼