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Monday, 30 November 2020

Monthly Musing - November 2020 - Too late

This weekend, we made the tough decision not to meet up with our family at Christmas.  It was tough because it’s never easy to tell loved ones that you won’t be  spending time with them – but at the same time it was very easy because we want to keep them safe. 
 
Small daughter has been at school, big daughter has had uni work which has taken her out of the house, my husband and I have been out to buy food and essentials … not much of a risk, you might think, but we have been in contact with so many more people than the rest of our family have and with other people's underlying health conditions to consider, we are not prepared to take even the slightest risk that we might pass something on.
 

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Getting colder

Considering that it's nearly the end of November, it's not really been that cold here in Winwick - although I shouldn't be surprised as I'm convinced that we're over an undiscovered volcanic hotspot and that's why we never get any snow.

We did get our first frost earlier this week, though, and it was lovely to be out with the dog in the crisp morning air, our breath steaming out in front of us as we walked up to the housing estate built on the site of Winwick Hospital (it was once the largest psychiatric hospital in Europe - I wrote about it in this post).  Nobody was around and we crunched across the frosty grass at the back of the houses ...

A frosty grass field with the sunrise and houses in the distance

Friday, 20 November 2020

Friday

It's end of what has felt like a long week - endless for my husband who can't wait for it to be Saturday tomorrow so that he can ignore his emails for two whole days, but just long enough for me to feel as if I've started to catch up with myself.  Do you ever have weeks like that when you feel like you're running just to keep still?  That's been me over the last few weeks but finally I've been able to stop rushing from one job to another and just breathe.

A small coffee table in front of an open fire.  There is a cake of pink yarn, a knitted sock cuff on a circular needle and an orange mug containing tea on the table.

I've not felt guilty at all about lighting the fire in the afternoon and sitting with my knitting, knowing that I am entirely justified in doing this because these are the socks for my commission pattern and they need knitting!

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Something's happening in the garden ...

 Hello, and happy Wednesday to you!


It's a bit of a dark and gloomy morning here in Winwick - I've just had to put the light on whilst I'm sitting here writing to you! - so I hope that it's a bit brighter where you are.

Thank you very much for all your comments on my last post - I'm glad I gave you a smile with my tale of the big fish.  We haven't actually been back there since I wrote that post - I think I've managed to put myself off!  

This was today's walk - there are still so many leaves falling from the trees to carpet the path and even though there wasn't any sunshine, it's still lovely to see the colour because it won't be long before this walk is a black tarmac path through dark leafless trees.
 
A footpath with fallen golden leaves to either side

The dog isn't a fan of the leaves.  He always takes a straight line right through the place with the fewest leaves on the ground.  I think he might have stood on a prickle in the leaves once and that's put him off wanting to walk in them again.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

"It was THIS big!"

It’s early on Sunday morning and I’m sitting here in a quiet house … my husband has gone out on his bike for his daily exercise and my girls are checking the insides of their eyelids for cracks 😀
 
Phew, it’s been a funny old week, hasn’t it, and the world is quite different to how it was when I wrote my Monthly Musing last weekend.  England is back in coronavirus lockdown, Wales is just coming out of it, the US has a new president, there are a myriad of traumas reported on the news, and yet life just goes on for us all.  In an effort not to be swamped by it all, I’m trying harder than ever to look at what’s around me and what I can be grateful for, and now that the nights are drawing in here as we approach Winter, I'm embracing the Hygge moments with ALL the candles, blankets and coal fires!

Small daughter is still at school (much to her disgust) and we've settled into school runs very well since September when she first went back.  It means that I can be out with the dog first thing in the morning which gives my husband and big daughter time to get themselves organised for the day and clears my head - there's something about being out in the morning that really helps me to get myself motivated for the rest of the day - and it also means that the dog gets his big walk and then can snore to his heart's content when we get home.  

We have to go to different places pretty much every day as he tends to misbehave if we do the same route all the time.  I took these photos quite a few weeks ago and haven't had chance to share them with you until now - this was a crisp, Autumn morning at Nine Arches in Sankey Valley Park.  

A towpath next to a disused canal.  The sky is blue and the sun is coming through the trees.  The leaves are shades of gold and brown, reflecting off the water
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