Oh my goodness me, I've been so unwell! Such a wicked virus, it took hold of me very fast and for forty eight hours I was held in it's mean, unforgiving grip. I woke up this morning, moved myself ever so very, very gently and realised with a huge sigh of relief that I wasn't hurting anywhere much. Thank goodness. I still feel quite drained, but I am SO glad to be able to move about normally and not be either shivering or sweating or hurting anywhere. It was pretty wonderful to emerge out of the house this morning, breathe in the fresh, still air and realise with a leap of my heart that March is here.
Hello, March, how good to see you again!
How lovely to walk under your fresh blue skies and feel a little bit of warmth from the sun at last. It's been far too long.
This glorious crocus patch is planted just to the side of a main road leading in to the town centre. It stopped me in my tracks this morning and as I suddenly felt in need of a breather, I took the opportunity to sit myself quietly on a sun warmed wooden bench to rest and gaze.
The stripy purples are my favourites, although the juicy yellows are pretty wonderful too.
Back home, and all was quiet. Ahhhh, I have so needed this little bit of quiet time, it's quite tricky being poorly across a weekend when you have three Little People (with visiting neighbours children added) and your hubby is out for the day. Not that I did much childcare as I pretty much spent the entire weekend laid on the sofa shivering under a blanket. But oh I did wish for silence from time to time!
Inside the warmth of home, my pink tulips are beginning to flounce and dance. Lovely, sweet things.
I snipped some marigolds from my back yard pots today to bring inside. March marigolds, how unexpected! They are lighting up my desk in such a simple, wonderful way, I really love that particular bold shade of orange.
The sun has shone all day and it's been such a treat. I keep telling myself that Spring isn't officially declared sprung until the Spring Equinox on the 20th, so not to get too excited just yet. I remember last year only too well.....but ooooooo it really did feel more than a smidge springlike today, it really did.
My daily routine is so much more pleasurable when the sun shines, as I do a lot of walking throughout the day. Today the air was also very still, which made for beautiful reflections in the canal.
This isn't my back street, but it's one I stroll along each day with Little B and is typical of the many back streets here in my town. I love rows of Victorian terraced houses with their wonderful old cobbled back streets. A place for rubbish bins and back-yard-access, but I really love their charm and character all the same. When I next have a spare sunshiny morning I'll take a walk around my neighbourhood and show you some more streets, there is lots to love about them.
I haven't had much appetite these past few days, but today I craved something fresh, tasty and healthy. Colourful too, yes it does you the power of good to eat colourful food you know. Avocado, tomatoes, cucumber and sweet red peppers with a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Lots of salt and pepper. It was really good.
I finished up my Rainbow Raindrops cushion late this afternoon. Stitched it and buttoned it and plumped it and tossed it on the sofa for approval. Little B road tested it straight away and said it was Nice. Little Lady said it's very You, Mum. Not sure if that means it's good or not, but the important thing is that I like it. I like it a LoT in fact. The colours are happy, the stitches sort of dance a little jig and the buttons....ooommmm, the buttons really do give me heart flutters. It was too late in the day to photograph it as the light was already fading when I finished it, but tomorrow I will. I've made a start with the Raindrops tutorial too, so that'll come tomorrow as well, all being well.
Bouncing back, see? No stinkin' virus is going to keep me from my happy hooky work for long!
ps so happy that March is here, aren't you?!