Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wintry Walking



Hello! Me again, back after my break, although in truth I haven't been anywhere at all. I've been pootling along here at The House with the Blue Door, busy as usual and noticing how life here has changed since I started blogging. Now that there are just three of us at home, and very often just the two of us, I find that I have more unexpected free time, and I've been using it to look after myself. Eating healthier food, getting lots of exercise, going to bed earlier, having time away from screens, that sort of thing, and I'm feeling better, and lighter, for it which makes me happy.


One particular joy is that I've started to have violin lessons again after a 4-year gap, and it's lovely to be playing again. P has been learning guitar, ukelele and now banjo over the last year, and we are now at a stage when we can play together, which is the best fun.


I've also found time to be creative, knitting myself a charcoal grey scarf in double seed stitch (you can't have too many scarves in my opinion),



making jewellery from semi-precious stones (citrine, amber and garnet),



and trying a new craft - a fused glass workshop which I absolutely LOVED. Here are the coaster and sun-catcher that I made: a running hare and heathery moorland. They will be fired in a kiln and I will have the finished items back soon. Can't wait.


As well as all this I've got myself organised a bit earlier than usual and have managed to make both the Christmas cake and pudding ALREADY. This is a first for me, and I am enjoying a slightly smug feeling as a result. If I write Christmas cards soon too I will be amazed at myself.


Over the last couple of weeks the weather here has turned very chilly indeed and we have had some wonderful frosts. I took a few snatched photos in the garden before work last week when the sun had just risen and Jack Frost had worked his magic over night. How I hated tearing myself away to go off to work and return just as dark was falling! The sunshine and sharp, tingly air called to me to walk for miles, rather than spending the day indoors in centrally-heated classrooms.



After a busy day of Christmas shopping yesterday, my wish came true this morning when P and I set our alarm early, ate a quick breakfast and, suitably wrapped in warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves, set off into the bright cold air. After clear skies last night there had been another sharp frost, and the world around us had turned white, as we headed up the hill.

 

Our shadows looked like those of creatures with tiny bodies and long legs.




Once we were at the bottom of the hill this gorgeous spotty pig came up to us hoping for food, and grunting loudly the whole time.


Although the sun was quite warm, the places where it had not reached stayed in their own little frozen worlds of white.




A bright, translucent amber leaf hung on, a reminder of autumn,


and these congealed brambles on an old sleeper looked as if they'd been artfully brushed with ice.


The path follows an old railway line, which we have walked many times and which ran along beside us as we strolled.


Trees cast long shadows across the furrows of undulating fields.



And here and there a splash of brilliant red as rose-hips glowed against the blue sky.



I love the edges of fields where the trees start, and this hedgerow looked especially beautiful decorated with rime.




 

The brook babbled away to itself, keeping us company as we walked and seed-heads grew everywhere, looking very sculptural against their surroundings.



With no leaves to obscure them the lichens on trees come into their own at this time of year, twisty and mysterious like tiny grey seaweeds


and emerald stars.


When we got home we'd walked about 4 miles and only been gone a couple of hours. Being active in the bracing air and soaking up vitamin D was the best way to spend this Sunday morning in my favourite of all weathers.


Hope your weekend has been a good one too x

23 comments:

  1. It is nice to have more time for yourself, I agree with you I feel I should have a break from blogging at some point, mind you IG seems to be my thing at the moment, but like you say we all need me time to do the things we enjoy, your walk looked wonderful, I could almost feet the cool crisp air and the sun shining through x

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    1. Yes, it was such a lovely day it felt good to out enjoying it. I shall have to work hard to limit my screen time though :)
      Cathy x

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  2. Sounds like a lovely walk - we did a similarly frosty one yesterday too; it's great to get out and about on icy days. Well done in the violin playing and your fused glass is beautiful. I've made stained glass but would really like to do a fused glass workshop. Enjoy the end of term. xx

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    1. Thank you - I hope you enjoyed your walk too. I'd love to have a go at stained glass one day as well as fused. Perhaps you'll get the chance to do a workshop - it was fun :)
      Cathy x

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  3. Hello what a nice surprised to see you today! The weather has been magical, hasn't it. You sound as though you've been busy with all sorts of lovely things. Have a good week. x

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  4. What a fantastic walk, it's glorious out there at the moment isn't it. Lovely to see a post from you and hear about everything you've been up to. Glad you're enjoying life, and I love your makes. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you, it's nice to be back. I shall enjoy catching up with everyone after my break :)
      Cathy x

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  5. Violin lessons! How wonderful for you. I've been talking for years about taking piano lessons, I haven't played since I was a girl, but haven't done it yet.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I hadn't played since primary school, and took it up as a beginner when I was in my late 30s. I can definitely recommend learning an instrument as an adult - it's very rewarding.
      Cathy x

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  6. Glad to hear you have been doing wonderful things!

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  7. We've has a similar shift in family demographics and I am still trying to get used to it. Our wintery weather has consisted of dreich dreich and oh yes more dreich :( However, with the aid of a surprise early gift from my other half, I now get some crafting done with the aid of a daylight angle poise lamp - it makes it so much better:) So off to write cards, cake done fortunately, decorations up this weekend and hopefully a walk!

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  8. wow what lovely come back .
    glad that you are feeling better after giving yourself lots of time .break is a need once in while for freshening .
    i am amazed with your talents and knitting specially .
    beautiful sights !!!

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for visiting my blog too!
      Cathy x

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  9. How many beautiful things you do during this period! You are lucky to live in a beautiful country

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    1. Thank you, Isabella - I do love living here :)
      Cathy x

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  10. Gorgeous photos, I felt like I was on that walk with you. I haven't played violin for years, I think I'd need lessons now too. Hx

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  11. What a delightful Sunday walk! It looks cold and frosty but, oh so beautiful! The violin lesson sound very exciting!

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    1. It was very cold, but as you say very pretty. This week it's much milder and quite wet - typical Christmas weather these days!
      Cathy x

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