On Friday/Saturday we had two nights and two days of falling snow. SNoW! It hadn't escaped me that we passed by the Spring Equinox on Wednesday, so it seems extra odd that we've been flung so deeply back into winter.
We had an official Snow Day on Friday when many schools in Yorkshire were closed. The downside was that we also had to cancel a planned weekend away at the West coast, boo-hoo! I was madly disappointed yesterday, and stupidly cross with the weather. I mean, it is really a bit pointless saying bad swear words to a pile of snow, but I did it anyway.
After my tantrum, I packed away my bad feelings and unearthed some gratitude for a warm, cosy stay-at-home day, pottering about with a free agenda. In the early morning I baked lemon drizzle cake and it was completely right for the occasion, lifting my spirits and making the house smell good.
While the cake was baking in the oven, I nipped downstairs to the cellar to finish off my latest Mod Podge extravaganza. I've upped my fabric choice for this project and have been smearing MP all over a load of delicious Liberty tana lawn. Such luxury! Ooooooo, there is going to be a terrific ta-dah share very soon when I show you the piece of furniture that I've been working on and tell you the great story behind it.
It's so very nearly Easter isn't it? It's kind of crept up on me a little bit (Silly snow, I blame you for this, I keep thinking it's February), but I am glad it's soon. I stocked up on Eastery essentials yesterday, much to the Little People's delight. We all adore these little sugar coated blobs of chocolate, and I couldn't contemplate an Easter time without them. I shall be making chocolate crispy nests this week too, and getting out the box of Easter decorations.
I think I've pretty much finished making all the components for my Easter Wreath now too, although I might still need a few more leaves.
Little B is fighting off a very snotty cold and has not wanted to go out at all these past few days. The Little People have been playing out for short periods, sledging and snowman building up and down the length of our back cobbled street. But even they seem tired of the snow now,and I think we all just want a bit of the warmth and freedom that Springtime brings. Still, there have been some lovely moments here, with lots of snuggling and blanketeering (my two boys in the above photo, snuggled in the big chair together this morning).
Some lovely playtime too. This rather messy mess was the aftermath of the Regents Café (named by Little Lady) which opened at number 24 this morning. J and I were force fed plastic ice creams, then given plastic beans on toast followed by cups of "cappycheeeeno's" (Little B knows his café lingo)
It was decided that Regents Café would benefit enormously from real food to supplement all the plastic, so I provided the requested items (minus the mini eggs which I am ridiculously protective about), and we all sat down for a morning snack. Picture this :: all five of us sat around the table eating rather weird food combos (tomatoes and marshmallows?) from the above platter on little dinky plastic plates. Fun!
I've been in quite a bit of pain today actually, as I had a nasty, icy slip-slide down my neighbours steps last night. It was soooo treacherously icy underfoot and I crashed down very heavily, bruising my thigh quite badly. I swear it was nothing whatsoever to do with the volume of Chardonnay, it was the ice, Ok? Anyhow....in the late morning after the umpteenth time of shouting at Little B "MIND MY LEG!!", J took pity on me and persuaded the Little People to all go and hang out with him upstairs (they gamed), leaving me in peace and quiet downstairs. I was grateful. I made coffee and cosied myself up on the sofa to read Winter Story (Brambly Hedge)
which was wonderful. Oh those illustrations are incredible!
In fact J has been rather fabby today (he is not big on sympathy usually) and got the dinner all sorted (recipe from this great book
). So throughout the day there has been the waft of delicious cooking around the place, flooding me with relief at not having to bother doing or thinking about that particular job with my leg screaming at me.
I made a little Easter something, and I'll share more of that with you tomorrow. It was fun to be lead by the hand through someone else's tutorial for a change I have to say, and the pattern was beautifully written.
I am off to bed very soon, my hot water bottle is already under the covers warming it all up for me and I suddenly feel more than ready to be right there with my head on those roses. But before I go, I just want to say a little something about my precious blog, Attic24. I just want to thank you all so, so much for your wonderful enthusiasm on my last post (the studio story). Thank you for being so happy for me! However, I have to say it did surprise me that there were a few comments asking whether my blog would be changing as a result of the studio, or if it would become second best now that the studio has appeared. I promise you faithfully that the answer is no to those things. I am mega excited about having a new workspace to play in and all that it promises for the future, but I am still a full time stay-at-home Mum remember. So Attic24 will remain pretty much the same as it always has been :: a homey, cosy sort of place to visit, a place for me to chitter chatter to you all about life on the home front.
Right, I hope that's sorted now. I'll see you tomorrow to show you more of today's hooky action. It's pretty damn cute I can tell you.