Just a quick post to wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m not sure about love but frost has certainly been in the air of late and if that isn’t a good enough reason to snuggle up to someone then I don’t know what is!
Out and about the other day we took quite a few frosty pics near a canal. It was so cold that there wasn’t much time for hanging about to compose the perfect shot, but I think they are pretty none the less. It’s also a great opportunity to remind yourself that cold weather may be inconvenient at times, but it can also be very beautiful.
As ever I am looking forward to spring and all the wonderful fairs and events on the calendar. On that note, there’s still a couple of days left to win tickets to the Country Living spring fair, so make sure you’ve left a comment on the competition post to enter. I shall pick the winners later on this week.
Wherever you are I hope the weather has turned a little milder for you now. Even if you are not in the mood or position for romance have a wonderful evening whatever your plans!
For messing about on the
river canal! Earlier in the week I told you about our day out in the countryside with Nature Valley. I posted some pictures of my son and I feeding the ducks. We also went for a little stroll along the canal. It was cold and there still isn’t much greenery, but overall the weather was fine and there were some beautiful scenes which I thought I’d share with you all. The picture above (my favourite) shows you a beech tree which has a little bridge to keep it’s roots from touching the water.
These reeds might not look much right now, but they made fantastic reflections on the water.
The ground was rather muddy underfoot, so it was definitely a day for wellies (still hankering after my own pair of brightly coloured Hunters).
Overall there was a hopeful feeling that Spring was on the way, buds were showing and what greenery there was looked very bright.
Looking across the canal we could see some very pretty countryside, the kind that makes you spontaneously break into a round of ‘Land Of Hope & Glory’. Thankfully I refrained, but we’re certainly very lucky to live close enough to visit nature spots like this. Do any of you have a favourite place you like to visit?
I’ve been feeling quite stressed recently, I think when you run your own business some level of stress is inevitable. But how do you combat this when you feel the tension rising? One of my favourite things is to take a walk, no specific destination, just getting outside and clearing your mind for a while. I think a lot of pleasure (and stress relief) can be gained by taking in your surroundings and enjoying the beauty around you. I’ve taken a few pictures to show you my favourite things that I discovered.
There’s something quite romantic about a gate that leads to nowhere. This one probably hasn’t been opened in years.
Dandelions might annoy me when they invade the vegetables, but they also remind me of being little and gently blowing the seeds away to tell the time.
If you’ve looked at our jewellery you’ll probably know that I love the beauty in old doorways and houses. Even the woodwork on an old fence post can inspire.
Wildflowers are always a pleasure, I especially love the vibrant summer yellow of buttercups. Another memory of holding them up to skin to see if you like butter.
When the weather is as good as it has been recently getting outdoors seems like a must. What delights do you find near your home?
A final note to say a huge big thank you to everyone who has voted for the blog in the Dorset Cereal little blog awards. We are currently in 2nd place! I’m over the moon, it was so exciting to be nominated and even more so now we’re doing so well. Voting ends at the end of the month I believe, so if you haven’t voted please do, just click on the button on the top right. It only takes a second and you’ll make my smile even larger