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Five on Friday - gratitude 13.12

Today I need to dwell deeply on my five gratitudes - it is wet and dark outside and life seems very topsy turvy at the moment.
To round up the end of the week my Five on Friday are...

The delicious pleasure of climbing into a pre-warmed bed. Himself always switches on my electric blanket for me and the delight of sliding cold feet into a warm bed is wonderful.

Cinnamon coffee - something I had 'discovered' some winters ago and return to it seasonally. A warming and bold way of zhushing your morning brew. Make your coffee (be it instant or ground) with milk first - this takes off the bitter seared edge, add hot water, stir, then sprinkle on the cinnamon. 
Smell that wonderful aroma, just absorb that gorgeous woody scent, then stir, stir well.
Cinnamon is an acquired taste in coffee, however, if you want to give it a try, start with just a few grains and build it up. It will be worth it - you can feel its magic as you drink it :)

The company of a dog - Moss, a constant companion, a foot warmer, a walk taker, a tail wagger, a pair of trusting brown eyes, a forgiving soul, a confidant, a muse and a constant source of amusement and photo opportunity....

Digital photography - I will be forever grateful that film (although different and still an amazing technology) has moved on to digital. My camera (and to an extent) the laptop are tools for my art - workhorses, logging my work, creating 'stories', capturing inspiration. I can't imagine my world without my camera.

Fold up umbrella - Himself bought us a pair to slot in to haversacks or be hand-held as we walk out. I think this year most of our walks have been 'with umbrella'. This last week my umbrella has seen action every day - hail, sleet, rain and even as a shield against a sharp and icy breeze.

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Every night, as soon as I am comfortable and before I fall asleep, I quietly go through my day and list without fail three things that I am grateful for. Sometimes it is hard to find a new one - then I realise I am grateful for things that are considered normal and universally accepted as everyday - like being warm, like having food in the cupboard, like being able to switch a light on and not worry that it will go off. Then, I realise how very lucky I am.

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Let us celebrate the small things that make our lives all that more easy - a gently way to enjoy our lives xxx

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Salt dough ho ho ho

Not sure what has happened but suddenly (after a brief hiatus) 
my chrimbly crafting mojo has kicked in. 
I say 'brief' but I suspect it has been at least three or four years 
I have felt as if wading against the incoming tide through every December. 
Today I am making salt dough decorations. The oven is full of stars, fir trees and stockings gently drying. Later today when they have cooled I will paint and varnish them.
 I can not believe the pleasure I got from the making and baking of this (big) kid friendly craft.
But now I am back finishing off my stock for the final Christmas fayre of the year. 
So there are drift wood santas waiting for a final coat of paint on the back half of them, 
little wooden tree decorations waiting to be bagged up. 
Hand printed wrapping paper waiting for a final drift of festive stamps being added - 
it is a bit like Santa's grotto in here today! 

 Don't forget tomorrow will be 'Five on Friday - Gratitude', 
I'll add the link up button at the bottom of my post - 
till then - have a lovely Thursday!


small insights and flashing lights

Dark evening walks seem to be the order of the day at the moment; a combination of being busy through the day, the rain, dilly dog wanting to stretch her legs, Himself wanting fresh air and me needing to rack up the miles before the end of the year (ONLY 83 miles to go before I hit the mythical #walk1000miles by the end of the year!).

It is a different kind of walking. Introspective. Reflective. Inward.

We walk, mostly in congenial silence but equally we talk and laugh and pass comment (not always complimentary) on the ever increasing amount of houses groaning under the weight of flashing festive lightage. Some discreet and delightful, most covered in brightly coloured pulsating mesh lights. There is one home that seems to have several more yards of twinkle added every second day or so - I would hate to see their electricity bill after this month (mind you, their festive lights started flashing in November....)
Last night, while at our furthest point - it started to rain and hail and beneath my umbrella, wrapped up warmly with just my nose and eyes visible - in a strange way - it was rather beautiful. The small white icy pellets bouncing on the pavement reflecting off the light the the street lamps. Their 'twinkle' muted and natural.
Then, when home, with my fingers wrapped around a mug, the dog asleep in front of the fire and Himself pottering around - I always feel better for the slog.

I will be doing another Five on Friday - Gratitude this week - if you fancy joining in - it is a simple post where you list five things that made you smile this week - a gentle way to round up the week and celebrate the small things in life that are important to you, I'll add a link at the end of Friday's post so you can add your 'Five' - xxxx

I best get on, coffee and painting waiting for me :)


A breath of fresh air ❤️

Yesterday, after completing some of the ACEO paintings I am working on at the moment -
 I really needed to get out and get some air.
So, several warm layers later and a rather giddy dog, 
Eldest and I set off and breathed icy fresh air, 
felt clear sun on our faces 
and watched the Cold Moon (The moon before Yule) rise.
 As the afternoon cooled down and the sun slid behind the hill, 
the air became frosty and the moon began to glow.

 Despite gritting my teeth to stop them chattering - it was worth being out.

It is our knit and natter chrimbly do this afternoon,
I'm looking forward to chatting and nibbling 
with like minded crafty folk :)

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday ❤️ 


Annual wreath workshop round up

 Every year a lovely group of friends and family get together here at mine and we do the annual 'festive wreathy thing' where we spend a very happy day surrounded by far too much food, mountains of greenery and decorations.
Folk landed through out the day, but ultimately 11 of us created over 20 wreathes, grave decorations and stars.  
We make for ourselves, 
we make to share.

Then in the evening, when everyone had gone, 
we quietly picked through the remaining foliage
and made these...

 Yes, a good day.

How was your weekend?
Quiet or full on?

Have a lovely Monday :) xxxxxx


Five on Friday - Gratitude

A gentle way to end the week - to be grateful for small pleasures over the past seven days which have made my life a happier place.

Fruit cake, cheese and coffee
A hug in a mouthful. If you've not tried it - why not? And how soon can you give it a go? Heartily recommended.

Stout walking boots
Been walking a lot this year - as part of my #walk1000miles and particularly now, as the deadline looms, I have to knuckle down to over 4 miles daily to make sure I complete. With the shorter daylight hours, commitments and general December busy-ness, we are doing a lot of dark walks. Knowing my boots will keep my feet warm and dry make it so much easier.

The rhythmic action of hooking the yarn along the row - very calming and almost meditative. Allows me to think, satisfies that 'downtime stress syndrome' demon, keeps my fingers busy and my lap warm. It also seems to satisfy a certain small cat who deems it necessary to weigh down any crochet work as part of her daily routine....

Decent hand cream
My hands suffer this time of the year and lately have taken a real hammering. - I have recently inherited the family eczema (I am late to the party) and now the tips of the fingers of my left hand are cracking and splitting. As long as I slather on the cream and top up target places after every time my hands are wet - it seems to be working.

Cat Purr
There is nothing more comforting.

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Then this happened this morning......

Now it has to be said, I don't 'do' pink.
To the point of revulsion - the men in my life 
will take the pink mug or pink bowl I am offered 
and I get to have the blue/green or any-other-colour-but-pink.
I am not even keen on pink flowers in the garden
(ESPECIALLY next to yellow - that to me is an absolute affront to my eyes!!)
However, there are some very noticeable exceptions.


This I love.

It might because it is not insipid baby pink, 
or tutu neon pink or plastic gender-specific toy pink.

It is a symphony in shades of tangerine, peach and orange 
right through to tempestuous purples and angry blues.

❊ ✱  ✳  ❂  ✶ ✷ ✸ ✹  ✻ ✼ ❄ ❅  ❆  ❈ ❉  ✲ ✳ ✴ ❂ ✵ ✶ ✷  ✹ ✺  ✼ ❄ ❅  ❆ ❇ ❈ ❉ ❊

And a gentle reminder that tomorrow is going to be a link up for Five on Friday - Gratitude. I have added the link up at the bottom of my post - if you are joining in, just follow the link up instructions and lets gently celebrate the good things in our lives xxxxxx



That fuzzy glow. 
That spark from the sun giving bright highlights. 
The kink in the ear from the short horn.
The margin of chin hair shining brightly through a few random long whiskers.
That supercilious look down a rather handsome nose.
Wonder what goes on in that woolly brain?
Thoughts like .... 

...'oh, it's ewe. With that camera thing again, sigh, 
will you stop clicking your tongue to get my attention,
oh bugger - I fell for it again ....'


'Ah, baaaa-ling, sOo good of ewe to stop by, I was just thinking 
how good I was looking today...'

or even....

'I wish the sun would come out, I can't feel my ruddy feet'

how about...

'Today's improv, I shall be doing my best tea-cosy impression ... Ta-Baa!'

probably something more akin to this.....

Wool-like tumbleweed drifting slowly across the sheep plains inside that small brain,
rolling gently along
whilst being accompanied by banal lift music.

Morning. Welcome to my world......

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On Friday I will be doing a link up for a 'Five on Friday - Gratitude' and if you are wondering what to do, just have five things that have happened this week that you are grateful for, no need to waffle huge amounts unless you feel you need to, you can just simply list them. If you have a photo to add, that is fine but if not - that is fine too. If you want a hint how I did my last 'Five on Friday - Gratitude' have a look HERE  

Until tomorrow xxxx


Morning Monday

Crisp underfoot
Crisp air

Icy cheeks 
Icy fingers and nose tip 
Freezing hot air in my lungs 
Clear brittle cold skies 
Never have I been so pleased with the cold,
a lizard, 
a cat,
a fire side creature.

We have walked every day this weekend and it was brilliant.

Thank you everyone who joined in with last month's scavenger hunt - once again there were wonderful photos and stories - it has been such a delight seeing and reading all your posts all through the year. 

As I mentioned that the scavenger photo hunt is being rested for December - I am sure we all have enough to do during this month. However, I will be doing a 'Five on Friday - Gratitude' on each Friday, a gentle round up of the week and what has made me feel happy and grateful. If you fancy joining in, just let me know and if there is enough interest, I'll do a link up with that post - shall leave it in your hands :)

I best get on, the next two weeks are already shaping up to be busy and it is only the second day in December!

Have lovely and Happy Monday