Winter is good for sunsets, for golden skies at the end of a misty, damp day.
And for views from the Convent Gallery, far off over the roof tops and away to the shadowy mountains.
Winter is good for ducks. Beautiful, sweet natured, worm hunting, leaf snuffling ducks. It seems Freddie & Zsa Zsa's children are still with us, Platypus the boy (on the left) and his sister, as yet unnamed.
Isn't she adorable? Can you help me think of a good name for her?
I'm not fussed if they don't go and live next door, the four of them are so lovely to watch. But if they do go I suppose they can chat/quack over the fence..
Winter is good for netball, for being braver, for trying hard.
And for club rooms, dirty knees & singing the Hepburn song loud & proud.
Winter is for school holidays, a time of rest for children, and teachers too. Time for Mark to make traditional Swedish cakes using his mum's recipes.
This mjuk pepparkaka was so deliciously light and fragrant, and so pretty. I love that he makes his mothers cakes, it's one way of having her close to us. I have my Nan's PWA cookbook too, with her little jottings and notes. Aren't these precious things?
Winter is good for rugging up, for long walks with the kids & dogs, for adventures outside. Don't you love that feeling of coming inside after a big, brisk walk, feeling flushed and tired and then getting all snuggly and warm? Love it.
Sunday and I have started a winter challenge. We must walk somewhere every day. We have to leave the car at home if possible. We both think winter is ace in so many ways, and we both love to be outside, exploring and having fun. Yesterday I walked everywhere, with my bright pink umbrella, and it was GOOD! I had a lovely farewell coffee with Kate, who I will miss so much while she is away. But I'll be catching up with her via Twitter (yes I am now tweeting, sporadically) & through her blog. I bet they have some amazing adventures!
Anyway, I"m not complaining about the cold anymore, I'm getting on with things and although it can be damp and dreary, I'm trying not to focus on it so much. Lets face it, winter is good for roast dinners, apple pies, sleeping in, hot baths, knitting, dreaming, planning, baking & making. See, I've almost convinced myself!
Winter light is so pretty. I love the warm tones of this old building in our main street.
I love the arches, the shadows.
Winter is good for meeting new people and recording their memories,
their thoughts, their lives. Tomorrow I return to talk to Ken,
and I can't wait! He is such an interesting fella.
Are you loving or hating winter? I wonder what kind of things you like
about the colder months. Hope all is well with you
lovely friends, keep warm
see you soon xo