Friday, January 30
and this ...
on the way to work, apparently there's also a kingfisher who fishes on the river but i haven't seen him yet.
thanks to the great rspb site for these pics, if you would like to learn more about birds and the great work that the rspb does, please visit their site here
Thursday, January 29
Wednesday, January 28
i still think i need to work on my photography skills but i can see a definite improvement.
i'm in the midst of creating a shop on folksy for fatcat felt and i'm hoping to have that completed over the weekend. then it's onto creating a range of bags and applying for my next stall. right, now i'm off to get busy.
Monday, January 26
Thursday, January 22
Wednesday, January 21
i was so happy to be back on the bike that i really attacked the first hill, going at it like i knew i was going to make it to the top without resorting to the granny ring. but then the hill attacked back! oh i thought i was going to be ill! but i made it, certainly not with the most finesse but i got there.
the following morning as we were wheeling our bikes out in preparation to cycle back to the campsite one of the chaps in the hotel wished me luck for the race. how chuffed was i?! he actually thought that i was competing :)
yes, it really is as mad as it sounds - it's scotland, it's january, it's 24 hours in the forest (well more, if you count setting up and preparation time) and as if that's not enough - you need to cycle round the forest for 24 hours! and we love it!!!
well, me slightly more as i don't do the cycling bit. i'm support crew :)
this is the third year that we've gone to strathpuffer and each year we get more organised and more together. the first year, i was convinced we were going to die in the forest! m had competed even though he wasn't totally over the flu and at five am thought he had pneumonia, whilst i had the start of hypothermia - oh how we laugh now :)
Wednesday, January 14
i love having the extra time at home: pottering in the garden; catching up with friends; time with family; getting away for long weekends camping with m; even spring cleaning! and then, of course, it also means i'll have more time to spend on fatcat felt :)
Tuesday, January 13
most frequent and favourite visitor is charlie from next door. he recognises our car and seems to have a sixth sense for when we're coming home as he always seems to be running along the road to meet us. the minute the front door opens he seems to appear from nowhere to dart through the door. he has now taken to sitting on the doorstep meowing until we let him in.
once in, he's like a little furry dynamo, running between us for fussing, doing his really cute cross between a meow and a purr and also, just the cutest thing ever - he jumps up on his back legs and stands up for a fuss, sometimes he seems so eager to get a fuss that he almost lunges at you! he'll stand up on his back feet and just lean his head on your leg and if that doesn't provoke the required response he then stretches his front paws up to grab your hand down for a fuss.
m picks him up, almost cradling him like a baby while we both fuss him and the look on his little face is just the epitome of contentment.
spending time together - as m works shifts we can go a fair amount of time without being able to spend a lot of time together. today was one of those rare days where neither of us had to work, inevitably we had a list of errands to catch up on so i suggested to m that we each pick a few errands and go our separate ways to get through them quicker. but lovely m, even though we were only doing chores, wanted to spend time doing them together.
i know i must sound like a bit of a smug so-and-so at times but, believe me, i had nearly 16 years of a previous life which was very, very different and has left me with a great appreciation of my life now.
Sunday, January 11
Saturday, January 10
Friday, January 9
today is the first of my four days off and they lay in front of me filled with possibilities, what better way to start the day than fresh swedish coffee and toast with cloudberry jam, i even love the name - cloudberries ... they honestly sound as magical as they taste! :)
Wednesday, January 7
Tuesday, January 6
time with mum: i live nearly 500 miles north of my mum so we don't get to spend that much time together. i went down for five days over new year and although it was great to celebrate new year together and to spend time together, it's the little things i loved - having breakfast together; vegging out in front of the tv with snacks; going for a walk together in the blue, frosty sunny mornings; just being together and doing the ordinary, every-day things we don't usually get the chance to do.
anyway, when we got up the following morning there he was again, curled up in a ball on the frosty grass, seemingly oblivious to everything going on around him until you saw the twitch of an ear cathcing some sound or other. i stood watching him for awhile, feeling comforted by the rise and fall of his big deep, sleepy breaths.
although, i do still have the wish list for 2009:
be more organised
live more 'in the moment'
be more positive
spend more time reading
sort out my finances
be more aware and focussed
take some exercise every day
i could go on, but i think that's a good start for now :)
merry christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful new year - the festive period is, for us, a time for friends and family and reflecting on how fortunate we are. as opposed to the greedy commercialism which rears it's ugly head at this time of year. it's also two weeks off work for me! lots of time with m, catching up with friends, more home baking than we could healthily eat, and a trip to london to spend time with mum and catch up with my family.