Hello there! It's been a very chilly week or two here with some clear, star-studded skies at night and some very sparkly frosts in the mornings. We haven't had much rain and the sun has shone almost every day. On bright days it's noticeable that the days are lengthening just a little bit, and that really does make a difference to the end of the day when I walk home in wonderful sunshine. It lifts my spirits and gives me a bit of a spring in my step, making me want to go outside and be active instead of closing the curtains and battening down the hatches. The mornings have been beautiful too, with some fabulous frosty sunrises. The last two mornings in particular have arrived in a burst of cold wintry colour. Just beautiful.
The little plumes of smoke rising from homes with real fires and stoves look cosy in the morning, and I find it pleasant to think that people around me in the little terraced stone houses that characterise this area are also getting ready for work and school, making breakfast and putting on coats, hats, gloves and scarves ready to go out. In the pastel skies birds rise in the morning air, already about their business of keeping warm and fed. I must admit I would very much have liked to go out with my camera yesterday morning to take frosty photos.
Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post. As I'm a bit of a sporadic blogger these days I'm always thrilled that you take the time and trouble to read and comment on my posts. I've been plodding on with my scarf. As you know, I'm not the world's fastest knitter, but I do plan to finish it this month. I'm getting better at finding small moments in the day when I can knit two rows here or three there. It's not quite long enough at the moment, but I am getting to the stage where I'm beginning to wonder how long it will end up. I guess I'll probably measure it against one I already own. I'm even starting to think I could use the leftover yarn to make a matching hat, albeit a simple one, as it is so soft and squishy. Hmmm, one project at a time, methinks.
At the weekend we popped over to Frome, one of my favourite places. We were there late in the afternoon and the light was fading. As we parked the car I looked at the tree above me and thought at first that it was hung with Christmas baubles. On closer inspection I realised that it was a plane tree and the 'baubles' were its fluffy seeds. Against the sky, they made fascinating silhouettes.
Frome is such a creative and inspiring place, and St Catherine's Hill is full of the prettiest craft and vintage shops. I've mentioned it before in my posts here.
I do like the higgledy-piggledy houses and rooftops against the darkening sky.
The wintry window display of this fabulous natural toiletries shop caught my eye - isn't it gorgeous?
The herby, flowery smells which waft out of this shop are amazing, and it's all so very twinkly too.
Another old street, Cheap Street, is full of unusual gift shops, tearooms and cafes, and has a water channel running down the centre of it. There's a lovely cafe at the top where we sat and watched the world go by for a short while whilst enjoying a coffee.
It was B's birthday last weekend, and we celebrated with lunch at a lovely Italian restaurant in Bristol and finished the day with a chocolate cake. I made a chocolate sponge and filled and iced it with chocolate buttercream, covering it in chocolate and caramel buttons, raspberry dark chocolate, mini chocolate mint sticks and mini gold buttons. Quite a combination, but it did work.
Back home I lit one of the teacup candles which I made at Christmas, and admired B's birthday roses.
She had a lovely day, and I can't believe that we're already almost at another weekend. Time does fly, doesn't it? I'm planning on spending some time blog-hopping this weekend - fingers crossed!
See you soon x