February days

I am having a bit of trouble at the moment making the days go slower.  It only seems to be five minutes since my blog post last weekend, and even today’s is on Sunday and not Saturday as I intended … I’m not quite sure why this is, although I suspect it’s got something to do with trying to do more things than I actually have time for – and makes me very glad that it’s half term week next week and not so small daughter and I can have a bit of a rest!

I didn’t feel very well for a couple of days at the beginning of the week; I did think that maybe I’d eaten something that disagreed with me, but later came to think that I’d had one of those 24 hour sickness bugs.  Whatever it was, I felt a bit sorry for myself and spent most of Tuesday in bed, but that was the day it rained all day and so I didn’t feel as if I’d missed too much by sleeping the day away.

By Wednesday, the rain had gone and the sun was out when the dog and I went into the woods for a walk.

Blue sky and sunshine above bare trees in a woodland Blue sky and white clouds above and reflected in a pool surrounded by trees

If you look closely at the photo above, you can see the dog heading into the water – he does like to sploosh in all the pools around this wood!

Just a bit further on, we had to stop as all the rain the previous day had caused the footpath to flood again.  This path has never really dried out since autumn last year, and now there’s a well-walked alternative “off road” route which keeps your feet dry.  “Shall we go that way?” I asked the dog …

A black dog standing in a pool of water which used to be a footpath

He thought for a minute and had a good look round.

“Nah.  You’ve got your wellies on, let’s just go straight through it!” he said.   So we did 🙂

A black dog standing in a pool of water which used to be a footpath

It gets pretty deep, that water, I can tell you!  I’m glad my wellies come up a long way!

Wednesday was Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t let the day pass without showing you this pair of trees which obviously love each other very much …

Intertwined treesA close up of intertwined trees

They’re giving each other a proper hug! ❤️

It makes such a difference when the sun shines, doesn’t it?  I’ve been able to take a few photos in the garden to document the coming spring – although at this time of year, I do still worry about the flowers as it’s entirely likely that we could still get snow.  Well, I say could but let’s not forget that I live in that undiscovered volcanic hotspot that is Winwick so it’s not as likely as I’d like it to be, but I never consider it warm enough for the growing season to be properly started until about the end of May.

Yellow miniature narcissi in a planter against a stone wallTightly curled sedum leaves emerging from the ground. They look like tiny cabbages!Snowdrops in a garden borderPink Viburnum bodnantense Dawn flowers on a bare branchA single yellow Winter Jasmine flowerGrey buddleja leavesWater droplets on bright green young clematis leavesYellow-centred purple crocus flowers growing between bark chippings

The border that I planted last year is starting to look a little greener, and the crocuses in the photo above are from that border.  It’s the first time I’ve had crocuses in our garden for years because usually the mice get them, but we have an efficient mouser in the family now so I think I have her to thank for my purple blooms!

I’m looking forward to seeing this filling out over the year, although it may take more than one season to properly cover the ground.

A garden border with plants starting to show

In other news, I’ve been doing a fair bit of baking this week.  A couple of loaves (this one is a sourdough) …

A sourdough loaf with a pattern cut into the crust sits on a wire baking rack on a kitchen worktop

scones, madeleines (I’ve always fancied making these so I thought I would give them a go – not a bad first attempt but more practice won’t go amiss 🙂 ) and mini chicken and mushroom pies.  They’re mini ones because I made them in a muffin tin as I didn’t have anything else that would give me a small, deep pies instead of a single large one and they turned out very well!  I used ready-rolled pastry, made what would otherwise be a chicken casserole for the filling and then baked them in the oven – and was delighted at how they turned out!  (This is a quick snap I sent my husband, I didn’t think to take a better one for the blog!)

Eight golden pastry-topped pies in a muffin tin

It’s all part of my “trying to eat better” plan for this year, and didn’t take as much effort as I thought it might do so I’m inclined to branch out in my pie range, although I might have to get some different tins!

Finally for today, my socks are finished!

A pair of pink socks with deep purple heels and toes lie on a wooden coffee table next to a leather scissors pouch, a pair of gold bird-shaped scissors, two wool needles on a piece of a black fabric and an orange mug of tea

The yarn is Pickled Cabbage from Truly Hooked, the scissors case came from Muud and I can’t wait to wear these socks!  I’ve got another pair of Treasure Socks on the needles that I’ll be working on next (they’re the Spring Green pair that I started as a sample for the pattern photos), so I’m looking forward to getting on with those now.

A close up of three socks in blue, red and green striped and cream colourwork on feet resting on a white wooden board. There are gold chocolate coins and gemstones in shades of blue and green lying next to the socks.

And that’s me for today … and I am very glad if you’ve made it to the end of this post as I can tell you that tomorrow, there’s going to be another post because something Very Exciting is happening at West Yorkshire Spinners.

Yes, it’s to do with yarn.

Yes, it’s to do with socks.

Yes, I am involved!

But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what it is! 🙂



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15 Responses

  1. Fiona Kennedy says:

    EXCITED 🥰🥰🥰

  2. Audrey says:

    pleased your feeling better .This time of year the days are very short .Spring flowers coming out I’ve got some mini daffodils coming through the pebbles by front door they are lovely.

  3. Jacqueline says:

    Very enjoyable post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Karen says:

    I look forward to your posts every week! So nice to see photos of green things. Here in Ohio we have 4″ of snow, although it HAS been a mild winter. I consider February “finish it or frog it” month, and have been whipping through the WIPs. THEN, I can begin those lovely Treasure Socks. Better late than never!!

  5. Mo Allan says:

    Your wee chicken pies are a fabulous idea and a great way to use the bun tin you already have. I’m glad you didn’t do a ‘finished’ photo for the blog; makes my own baking look ok too, so thanX
    The socks you’ve finished are gorgeous. I actually just finished a pair for myself today too. I used a pattern called ‘Find The Joy’ by Kay Litton (The Crazy Sock Lady). I used some Opal black for HTC’s and Cashmeri for the leg and foot.
    Your garden photos are lovely; I really enjoy seeing the Spring flowers popping up. Your dog is a good wader, I hope he didn’t shake all over you afterwards, lol.
    Looking forward to your news tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. ~ Mo

  6. Susan Rayner says:

    So glad your tummy big didn’t last too long and that a day in bed coincided with lots of rain – good planning.
    The photos of the walk and the garden are beautiful.
    I wonder about snow – 38 years ago tomorrow we moved into our house in a mini blizzard/snowstorm. The removal men were very worried about carrying heavy things down the metal ramp oof the lorry. It snowed for several weeks after we moved in.
    Never thought we would still be here all those years later and that it would be 15C today rather than subzero and headed for snow.
    Looking forward to tomorrow’s revelations.

  7. Laura says:

    So glad to read that you are feeling better . My goodness you have been busy , your garden is looking nice with the little bits of colours and the photos of the trees are beautiful . Must try some pies they look yummy .
    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s news . Have a great week .

  8. jane says:

    I saw something from WYS that hinted at a new colourway!
    Can’t wait until my visit home to the UK to buy some from a LYS!

  9. Jan says:

    I love the photos that show a promise of spring. We still are having snow off and on here in Coastal Connecticut, USA, but not nearly as much as in years gone by.

  10. Charlotte says:

    What lovely pictures of spring flowers. Glad that you are better but you didn’t miss much by staying in bed on a rainy day.

  11. Liz says:

    It’s funny weather right now – 16°C in Lincoln on Thurs afternoon! positively tropical or as my mother would’ve said a right bother breeder! We had a walk along the edge above the Trent today, it’s running very full and where it meets the Ouse to become the Humber was much wider then normal with lots of water fowl enjoying the ‘Flatts’ where the excess water runs onto the fields, amazing views across into Yorkshire. The path was so muddy and slippery we walked back along the road- that was flooded too in a couple of places. A break from socks for me this week, need new fingerless gloves to wear under gardening gloves. Love the photos Chris, and reading what you’ve been up to, keep well, looking forward to WYS news tomorrow xx

  12. Gillian says:

    Pleased you are feeling better. I like the look of your sourdough bread. Keep thinking I will make some but never seem to get around to it 😒

  13. Helen says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. I read that Stockport is covered by a snow shield, a gap in the mountains that shield us from likely snow, which is sad.

  14. Sarah Murray says:

    Glad you’re feeling better and you have half term to rest and chill out. I am back at work as my half term was last week. It went by quickly as time does when knitting and that is what I mostly did. Take care xxx

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