Although this winter hasn’t been especially cold (yet), it has definitely felt like winter, and other seasons have seemed a long way away. There hasn’t been much snow or ice, only a light dusting on a few days. Indoors, our geranium just kept on flowering.
We are fortunate to have that big window in the living room. On a sunny day it brings a lot of warmth and light into the room, often enough to turn off the heating for a while. We have been good at getting outdoors this winter though, on walks and woodland visits.
We’ve just been enjoying a long weekend with trips into the city for breakfast, and the cinema today to see ‘The Phantom Thread.’ Its a very rare thing for us to go to the cinema so it was a real treat, and made all the more enjoyable by the fact that this morning we got help to fix our television for free, which we were thinking we may have to replace! It had spent the past few days refusing to turn on.
The first signs of Spring are just beginning to come through now: much more daylight and birdsong, buds on trees and bulbs in flower. Lucy has recently changed her working hours to be slightly earlier, from 8am to 4pm. This is just half an hour earlier to finish, but much lighter for more of the year and safer cycling both ways, with less traffic around.
These snowdrops are flowering outside our front door which is a lovely sight every day. Each morning there are more birds singing, and chasing each other around the garden.
We have both been inspired in various ways this winter, by nature writing, insightful documentaries, moving stories, and engaging conversations. As each new day begins, it’s exciting to wonder what we will see, hear or do that is special and makes the day unique.
John Lewis-Semple – The Running Hare
Rob Cowan – Common Ground
Claire Morrall – Astonishing Splashes of Colour
John Boyne – The Heart’s Invisible Furies
Rupert Thomson – Divided Kingdom
Anne Tyler – Ladder of Years
Richard Mabey – The Cabaret of Plants
Matt Haig – How to Stop Time
Graham Swift – Mothering Sunday
Joanna Cannon – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Brene Brown – Braving the Wilderness
The Sundays – I Feel
Elbow & John Grant – Kindling
Aimee Mann – Patient Zero
Madonna – Rebel Heart
St Vincent – Prince Johnny
Radiohead – The Numbers
Benjamin Clementine – Then I Heard a Bachelor’s Cry
Queen – Radio Ga Ga
Tears for Fears – Shout
Santigold – Disparate Youth