Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The presents have been wrapped and ripped the feast cooked and eaten, the children up and down, the guests welcomed and farewells given.

It has been a busy week for us and now we are glad to curl up and slow down. Time to do a great deal of nothing, very welcome nothing.

Our surrounding landscape has been solidly frozen for over a week, it is a pleasure to throw open the bathroom blind each morning and gaze out on the crisp, still landscape. A landscape suspended, frozen into stillness, a landscape doing nothing, it fits perfectly with our frame of mind.

My laundry pile is large and there is no doubt that the house could do with some serious cleaning but I am just going to keep doing nothing for a while longer, a nothing which includes, reading lovely new books to happy children on the sofa, snuggled under the finally finished ripple blanket, a nothing which includes, painting projects, playing with Sylvanias, admiring complicated new Lego structures and watching singing along to Oliver Twist once more.

Thank you all so much for the welcome back and the good wishes, I hope that you too are enjoying a little bit of doing nothing.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Quietly returning

Thank you so much for all the lovely warm comments. I am edging myself back into posting. I am still on the other computer but my dear Technical Advisor has managed to remedy my camera issues with some clever second hand shopping, I only have a 50mm lens but as luck would have it that is my very favourite sort of lens anyway so I am certainly not complaining.

It feels so good to be taking photographs again, it feels good to be looking for pretty things to photograph, to be thinking of words to accompany them. Given that this is probably the craziest, busiest time of the year it also feels good to be stepping out of it for a few minutes and taking the time to post, of course some people might call that procrastination, avoiding dealing with Christmas but we all need to do a little of that from time to time.

Some festive Red Chilli Pepper Jelly, the recipe was featured on Nigella's Christmas special this week. A quick and easy route to festive cheer.