Winter is here, happy Winter Solstice friends! Today was decidedly colder than recent times, and with two kids in school and a husband who finished work for the year last Friday, we decided to put on our boots and go on a hike. I love long walks year round, but fresh winter hikes are particularly invigorating for the mind and soul. 12 km later, without a whinge or a “mama pick me up!”, our cheeks were flushed and I felt alive in a way I haven’t for a while. The past few weeks I’ve been either festering around the house trying to get on top of chores and finishing up my last shoots for 2016, or running around half crazed from nativity, to carol concert, to playdate, to xmas jumper day, to school pantomime, to the bake sale afternoon to……. yeah yeah, school mums, you hear me, I know!
Thankfully, a slower, calmer pace is just around the corner. January and February are always quiet work wise, which in previous years has stirred an anxiety in my stomach. But this winter, I’m so ready for it. I’m looking forward to slipping quietly into the slower months and savouring the respite after all a long, full throttle slog.
So, around here lately… we’ve been documenting the beauty this time of year holds in our nature journal – (red berries, faded bracken and fallen leaves); decorating our tiny 3 foot tree – (we chose to get one in a pot this year in the hope it may be more sustainable and affordable if we can keep it alive); climbing trees – (his new found love); noticing the first winter blossom peeping over old brick walls; feeding the swans stale bread – (her long time love); lighting candles to create warmth and cosiness; reading lots of books (often under blankets); and sipping hot coco.
One more day of the school term left! Sending love and light to you all this winter time x