Another Monday, and another venture out into the cold depths of the Winter landscape. It was pretty fabulous actually, oh yes it was certainly very cold, but that smidge of watery sunshine was just beautiful.
J and I, wandering through the woodlands of Bolton Abbey, chattering and laughing the morning away. It's been six weeks since the start of the year and we are still adjusting to the fact that this is now the reality of our Mondays. It feels so much like we are playing truant from real life on these days, sneaking an extra dollop of leisure and pleasure onto the end of our weekend. We are so so lucky to have this time together, and I treasure and celebrate these precious Monday hours of ours.
Blue sky, blue sky!!! I celebrated that fact too, cos that colour up above my head made me feel so good, however fleeting it was.
I noticed catkins too, those little dingly, dangly reminders that there is seasonal growth happening and that we are edging closer to Spring each and every day.
But best of all, down at ground level, I jumped around with delight at the sight of these vibrant green shoots pushing up through the brown. These are bluebell shoots, the very very best kind of new growth to see in the depths of Winter. It's only three more months till we will see a glorious haze of purply-blue in the woodland, and I absolutely cannot wait. May is my most favourite month of the entire year.
On the home front, I'm really enjoying some seasonal growth on my mantel too. I made these little crochet tin covers back in 2012, and I bring them out every year especially for the task of holding small yellow pots of narcissus.
Aren't seasonal rituals wonderful? I love love love the many small acts of celebration that occur at the same times each year, and I love that through many years of blogging I can see these patterns and rhythms repeating. It's amazingly reassuring and I think really there is much to be said for celebrating life's small pleasures.
ps the beautiful print on my mantel is by the talented Loretta Grayson, you can find her work on Etsy, with worldwide shipping from Australia. I bought this print six years ago now and love it more than ever. xx