1. The first month, January. The garden shows decay and darkness settles in. It's always a tough month but if you look deeply you can still see some imaginative beauty. I have been looking at the crispy, brown paper petals of my white hydrangea from the kitchen window, swaying in the wind, hiding from the rain and trying desperately to soak up any sun to dry its petals. Now the skeleton starts to show which adds even more poetic beauty to this ever interesting shrub.
2. I can now sit and enjoy the heady scent of the hyacinths that have finally opened in the house. This was a gift from hubby when I managed to use my strength to walk briefly in the garden centre. They greet me with their fresh colour and promise of spring (but let's get winter going first shall we!). The useful case will be recycled again with even more blooms.
3. Those familiar routines are now in full swing. The arguments first thing in the morning with the younger ones who swore blind that they had everything ready when asked the night before.
Daughter: Where's my bus pass?
Mum: Where you said it was last night!
Daughter: It's the wrong year!
Oh and my bag's broke!
Normally I would be half way to work by the time they venture out into the darkness so I can avoid this stress, after all they are old enough to look after themselves, but my goodness they do test my patience sometimes.
4. With the house quiet, apart from the budgie chirping, Tia snoring and hubby trying desperately to keep away from his cabin crazy wife, I've been able to sit at my dining table and do some de-cluttering on the laptop, photography, read, answer emails, make lists. Oh the joy and self appreciation. I've even started a photography course on line and started questioning myself on things I want to achieve and are not so happy with. I am really enjoying this as I have the time at the moment, it will be all change in February when I get back into my normal work routine. The free course link is here and is called Makelight by Emily Quinton. I've gone for this one to prettify my Instagram as I do love posting on this and following others. Are you on Instagram? If you are, please leave your profile name in the comments, I would love to visit you.
5. The glorious thing about today was the sun. It actually made quite a strong appearance which was very unfamiliar after these awfully wet and windy weeks. Little Tia sat in every space she could, chasing the sun in between the shadows. She thoroughly enjoys the warmth and brightness.
The next thing on my list today?- writing the blog post on Chatsworth House Gardens! I think I'm now organised enough to start.