It's been a lovely bright winter's day today, which was very welcome after the wind, rain and grey skies of New Year's Day. Yesterday we stayed indoors and had a nice lunch followed by lots of relaxing, reading and watching tv. In the last couple of years I've bought fresh flowers for the house to symbolise a new start, and this year I chose irises and pink freesias. I also did a fair bit of pootling in blogland which was a rare indulgence for me. I'll be back to work next week, so I've made the most of being able to post almost daily over the last few days.
In a bid to feel more organised I've bought, as well as my usual pocket diary, a family diary which I'm really pleased with. It's funny to have one now that our two oldest are away at university most of the time, but it will help to have somewhere that P and I can both write things in, rather than jotting them on the wall calendar. It does make me smile, though, as it has sections on how to organise the perfect dinner and cocktail parties, as well as a menu planner for Christmas Day. Funnily enough, I'm not really feeling ready to plan next year's Christmas lunch yet!
I was also lucky enough to be sent this diary free with one of my monthly magazines. I'll have to have a think about how I use it since I already have the other two.
On the subject of calendars, here is our wall calendar for the kitchen this year. Inspired by other bloggers, I've used a website to design my own one for the last few years using photographs which I take during the course of the year. It's such a lot of fun to make, and I spend ages over it. Here's January's page.
I also made a little desk calendar too.
We'll take down the decorations in the next couple of days, and although I always feel a bit sad at this point, I am very much looking forward to the year ahead, to longer days and the joy of watching the seasons change. Already the winter-flowering honeysuckle which is in a pot outside the back door has started to flower, and smells just as sweet as its summer counterpart.
When I go outside its heavenly scent is a pleasant reminder of good things to come, and that is a very happy thought indeed x