It’s been a good week full of small moments of happiness amidst the general panic about what is happening in the wider world.
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
I’ve signed up for lettermo, sending post every day during the month of February. Partly to prompt me to start postcrossing again, sending postcards to people all over the world and receiving them from someone else in return. Generally though it’s fun to put pen to paper and send a little token of thanks, an I’m thinking of you or just a hello to someone.
I’ve also joined Amnesty International this week, so some of my letters will be on behalf of prisoners of conscience around the world.
Never have I been more excited than this week about toilet roll! We’re trying to put our money where our mouth is and shop more ethically, so when I saw ” who gives a crap” toilet roll advertised, which is forest friendly, made from bamboo, and donates 50% of their profit to building loos for those in need, my order went in straight away. Yesterday the postman hefted a huge box of toilet paper to the front door. We’re really pleased with the quality and it looks great in the bathroom too!
It’s beginning to feel like Spring might be slowly on its way. I’ve seen snowdrops in bloom for the first time this year, daffodils are appearing on the road verges, crocuses are coming up in the garden, and today we saw a skylark soaring and burbling above a field, something I associate more with summer than February.
This week I’ve been feeling crafty. I’ve been sewing, completing an embroidery kit I got for Christmas and a little one that came free with Mollie Makes magazine. I’m pleased with them both and really enjoyed doing them. It’s funny how the mind drifts away and relaxes when you’re concentrating on this type of work.
I finally got round to making marmalade today. I’ve been meaning to for a couple of years or more but keep missing the marmalade oranges in the shops. This year I grabbed some and they’ve been waiting a week or two to be used. I’ve never made marmalade before, although I make jam fairly often. I’m delighted with it, it’s tart and delicious!
Inspired by The Simple Things magazine, a lovely monthly magazine, I’ve put together a “could do” list for February, little things that could be done to relax and enjoy the month ahead. I’m going to display it as reminder to enjoy the little things.
We’ve spent time this weekend out and about, but we’ve not been anywhere we had to be at a set time, so we’ve had relaxed mornings, drinking coffee, eating a proper breakfast and chatting while watching the birds flit to and fro in the garden.
Today we saw one of the blue tits popping in to the nest box, hopefully they’ll use it this Spring.
This was our breakfast table yesterday, fresh flowers, candles glowing, boiled eggs and crunchy toast. It felt very hygge!
I hope you’ve had a good week too!
Sunday Sevens is the idea of Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins, a weekly opportunity to put together seven photos showing the smaller things that happened in the week, that don’t warrant a blog post of their own.