This week, the snow has made me ridiculously, giddily happy. Would I be so ecstatic to see if it I lived in a place where the winter lasted six months and it was a marathon event just to get my outdoor clothes on every time I wanted to put my feet outside? I don't know, but as we don't see the snow very much in Winwick then it makes me very happy when the world turns to white.
The dog and I headed off into the snowy wilds of Winwick this morning - well, actually not that wild or snowy by the time we set off, despite the fact that we had another snowfall last night. By the time I got home from dropping small daughter off at school and had wrapped myself up against the wind, the snow had started melting and we were accompanied by the sound of snow dripping from the trees as we walked.
We spotted rabbit footprints in the snow. Luckily, the dog didn't spot any rabbits or we'd have been off across the fields after them (probably with me flat on my face - it wouldn't have been a pretty sight!).
I bought this primula at the farm shop earlier this week. I couldn't resist the colour - it's an unusual vibrant orange. The rest of the primulas in my garden are all shades of yellow, pink and purple and it'll be nice to have a different colour in the mix.
On Tuesday this week, I had another day out in Skipton. I headed up the M6 again and thoroughly enjoyed myself with Lucy and the other ladies at the Knit n Natter. It feels very decadent to spend the afternoon knitting!
This week I've been trying to remember where my snow obsession came from, and I think I've always just really liked snow. Maybe it's because I'm a winter baby, or maybe it's because the world seems more magical when it's white and silent. I have no idea.
This book was given to me on my fourth birthday and I've lost count of the number of times I've read it. I've enjoyed sharing it with my girls, too. It's a rhyming story about two children and a dog playing out in the snow, throwing snowballs, sledging and building the world's biggest snowman. It's a Dr Seuss book, although it wasn't written by him. I think there's a tendency to assume that Dr Seuss books are confined to the famous ones that he wrote - The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham (I do not like them, Sam I Am!) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to name a couple. However, there was also a collection of beginner reader books, some by other authors, written with a small vocabulary of words and this is one of them.
Just reading these words never fails to bring a smile to my face.
I've read the book so many times that the words are part of the enjoyment of being outside in the snow now - although I'm not so keen on snow in my face! The dog in the picture looks as if he wouldn't be keen either!
I love the idea of filling the freezer with snowballs to keep them for another day. My Mum was less than impressed when I tried it once, though!
Finally, a different kind of reading to keep me happy over the weekend. I've subscribed to Simply Knitting for quite a few years now and although I don't knit many of the projects, I do enjoy reading the magazine and seeing which character Alan Dart has brought to woolly life this month. My Dad bought me a subscription to Love Sewing last Christmas and I'm enjoying reading this magazine too. There's always a free pattern and some of them are definitely on my "to-make" list, although I don't sew as much as I'd like to. I think it's because dressmaking isn't as familiar to me as knitting so it takes me much longer to get anything done. If I persevered, I'm sure it would all get faster, so maybe that's a good excuse to do more of it!
It's a lovely idea to remind yourself of what's made you happy during the week. Gratitude is the surefire way to bring more happiness into life and being grateful is something we should all do as often as we can.
I hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever you are doing. Stay warm!