And so, just like that, it's February. January seems to have passed by in a blur of grey days with the odd flash of sunshine. But the grey days aren't all bad - just another reason to stay in and get cosy. Marmalade has been made, twice. Cake seems to be making a regular appearance in the tin in the kitchen (the last lot was made purely because the heating was on the blink and I wanted to heat the kitchen with the oven. A darn good reason to make cake I reckon). We've been rediscovering old favourite recipes and trying out new ones too which makes for some good dinners. We seem to have been challenging the grey damp of January with the heat of red chilli; guacamole, Thai noodle soup, beef pho, cajun chicken... A delicious way to warm up.
This week has flown by in a blur of work being done on the house, entertaining the small one with miaow-shaped drawings (and post-nap cat masks), teddy and bunny getting kissy - mwah!, discovering forgotten bulbs and seed heads awaiting emptying whilst clearing out the dumping ground (aka the conservatory), and getting out into the garden to catch up on many, many jobs. Plus a lovely dinner out with a good friend. This week also marked 9 years since I first met R. 9 years! Woah.
This morning, we decided to head out into the sunshine. A ride on a steam train was very exciting for a certain small one, and then on the short walk we went on (before deciding we were too hungry and instead making a beeline for the sandwiches...) we found this happy robin singing away in the dogwood and managed to creep right up beside him. One of those magical moments.
Hope your weekend has been full of lovely things.