One of my resolves for 2014 is to try bottling fruit - no electricity needed to keep fruit this way. I remember the serried ranks of jewel bright jars in the pantry cupboard of my childhood and want to learn how to do it myself. How come I never learned whilst my mother was busy doing it I wonder?!
here? Well I did try and after a long time I managed to get the starter to froth as required.
Gradually the sky brightened...
After lunch I decided a walk to the Post Office through the woods would be good - it was lovely the sky above so blue even though underfoot it was muddy and the ground littered with branches, some across the path.
On my way back I picked this little posy of twigs which were in bud and some hazel catkins - hopeful eh?!
As we have spent such a quiet Christmas just the two of us I have had time to do plenty of reading and had a good selection of library books on hand for the holiday. This one I can recommend - it turned out to be something quite different to the usual. It is a story written from the point of view of a 5 year old which is in itself unusual but it works well. If you want a story which will transport you to the sunny south of France, that contains no love stories or at least not the usual man meets woman sort, but a lovely sad/bittersweet tale of real love, friendship and imagination with a twist in the tail then this is for you! If you read it let me know what you make of it For more information see here.
I was going to wish you a "Happy New Year" but then I started to think about what is meant by this wish - happiness is after all ephemeral and I think rather like a butterfly which if you seek it will flit away but if you sit still and quiet might just land upon you only to fly away a few moments later. So maybe what I wish you is many Santosha moments for nobody can have wall to wall happiness and it might not be a good thing if we could. So I wish you peace, health and plenty of happy moments in 2014!