Well we woke up to yet more rain this morning, what a complete surprise - NOT. Oh my life, this wet weather is becoming so tiresome, day after day after day of low grey skies and soggy surroundings is more than a little bit bleugh. These winter months can be quite a struggle as it is with their low temperatures and low light levels, but when you add in days full of rain it can all feel very gloomy indeed.
I went for a little walk this morning, yes, I did, even in the rain. I called at the supermarket after the school run, then decided on the spur of the moment to walk a long way home via the park. What can I say? It was cold and wet and not particularly pleasant, and yet I really did enjoy the physical act of walking and exerting my lazy legs and pumping a bit of blood around my sluggish body after a few weeks of slobbish living. I arrived home wet, a little out of puff and in dire need of caffeine, it was so lovely to come indoors and busy myself with getting warm and dry and refuelled.
Something that cheered me up enormously this morning was at the end of my legs - new ankle wellie boots! With polka dots!! I am aware that I probably look more than a bit ridiculous wearing them, but I simply don't care - I love them. They are roomy enough for me to wear my gorgeous hand knitted socks and my feet have never felt so snug and warm. And dry. Having dry feet when it's raining is a huge pleasure not to be underestimated.
I bought these beauties in the sale from WhiteStuff.com (see here for details), and they are definitely high up on my list of "things that beat the gloom".
Daffodils too, they are superb little gloom-beaters for sure. I packed away Christmas yesterday, back into it's 5 boxes and into the Attic eaves. I've not yet replaced all the ephemera on my mantles, they remain bare and awaiting my attention. But I did buy daffodils, oh yes, these are always the very first flowers I buy as soon as the New Year is upon us, such a happy way to celebrate January. The buds were tight shut when this £1 bunch came home from the shops a few days ago, but today most of the flowers have opened. The sight of them on my table cheered me hugely today, as did the sight of this on my floor......
These vibrant colours have really given my heart and soul a lift today, such a wonderful project for a wet, grey January day.
I spent much of the day sat in the big chair working out how to join these big, beautiful squares. It's soooo exciting - the squares are very almost nearly a bonafide blanket!!! I'll be sharing the joining process here on Sunday for those of you who are waiting. I can't wait to have a really good ponder on the Dilemma of The Edge. At the moment, the very truth of the matter is that I haven't a clue how's best to tackle it. I'm hoping inspiration will strike at some point - soon would be good.