|on Monday I woke to a world covered in frost!|
There's always about a week after I take down the Christmas decorations and give the flat it's after festivities clean where I constantly think about springtime coming. For this week, in my head springtime is in a few weeks.
And then the temperature here hits -6 and I realise we have a couple of months of freezing cold winter before anything approaching spring happens. There's no Christmas to look forward to, so I make my mind up to be excited about and contented with the small things.
The days are slowly lengthening. Most of my journey to work is done in daylight, and at work, I don't close the curtains on the dark outside 'til 5pm, rather than at quarter to four. On sunny days, as it gets to early afternoon, there is that beautiful goldness to the light that only happens in winter.
The flat, having first felt very bare, even with all my clutter, now feels fresh and lovely.
|The view from where I sit - the midwinter mantle, and my bright, cheery things!|
|Detail from the mantle - 'TEA SET' hair pins and ring, from|
Rachael of Bunny's Beads for Christmas. My friends are ace.
My sister made me a beautiful mustardy-gold hat and scarf for Christmas, and worn with my red satchel of joy, I feel bright and cheerful going out into the frosty world.
|Hat! by Hazel, the best sister ever. |
Also, check how long my hair is!
I have long been a lover of hot apple juice with ginger, but have recently discovered that a lump of crystallised ginger, rather than raw, makes it sweet and warm and delicious. I have also finally learned to like herbal tea - I am particularly fond of Pukka's Three Ginger at the moment, and I have a cup of their Night Time before I go to sleep most nights. As I have two pots with infusers, I am going to experiment a bit with herbal infusions in these winter months.
|Ginger tea in my V&A mug. :)|
|The living room window sill is now a window seat for reading |
andtea drinking and interneting.It is much brighter and
cheerier than this-so bright that I can't get a good photo!