Saturday 13 January 2018


This year's January has been rather dismal for me. I was on leave until the 8th but spent most of the preceding week feeling listless and increasingly frustrated as the precious days-off dwindled away. Oddly enough my energy levels seem to have risen now that I'm back at work, and (thankfully) my Eeyore* mood has shifted to a more Pollyanna-ish outlook.

*I associate Eeyore with unrelenting pessimism and gloom. Eeyore moods engender thoughts such as 'What's the point of making all these things, they will only end up as stuff the children have to dispose of when I die!' 

So I'm looking forward to this weekend, and, while I'm not a New Year's Resolutions kind of person, have started to think about things I'd like to make and do this year (even if I am just generating work for my offspring in the future) - continuing to keep track of what I've been up to in this blog being one of them. 
  • The photos below were taken on one of the few walks I managed to drag myself out on last week. The two on the left were an attempt to capture strings of glistening water droplets along bare branches in the rapid thaw after a brief snow-fall - unfortunately my phone camera just isn't able to zoom in as closely as I would have liked. I'm beginning to wonder whether I ought to invest in a 'proper' camera - I'm just a little worried that I would struggle to learn to navigate the endless menus and settings that modern-day cameras seem to have as standard. 

  • I enjoyed knitting my first Mini Mania scarf so much that I made a second one in a more delicate colour palette during my week in the doldrums.
  • We've had a couple of frosty mornings recently. I love the silvery tones that the frost adds to the landscape, and the crisp highlights it picks out in the fallen leaves.

  • Whenever it's my turn to chair our team meetings at work I like to add a decorative border to the flip-chart agenda sheet, usually inspired by nature and the changing seasons. This week's image is below. It's funny how an impromptu sketch can flow from my hand so easily, when work resulting from conscious attempts to sit and draw often feels so stilted.

  • Today's walk. The lake was so still the reflections of the trees were almost perfect.

Now I am off to experiment with making little mouse hands for little felt mice, using the 3D pen my lovely husband gave me for Christmas. Watch this space.

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