I know, I know, it’s more than half way through February. It only seems like a moment ago we were all in that post-Christmas, beginning-of-January lull where things are quiet and you have the whole year stretched ahead of you. I’m not sure how we’re a half-term through school already. Anyway, I’m here today with the Monthly Voice for January; here’s what we’ve been up to over the last month and some things that I’ve been loving…
The month started with an Instagram break, which did me the world of good, and almost six weeks later, I’m feeling about ready for another.
We had some super foggy days, and headed up on to the downs. It was the sort of thick fog that makes you want to climb in amongst it so the mist wraps around you. Everything becomes a shade of grey and it’s hard to remember the bright colours that spring will bring.
Most of the month was bitterly cold, but so far no snow for us. I have loved looking at everyone else’s snowy pictures on Instagram though, and it makes me wish that we lived somewhere where it snowed for a few months of the year.
At the beginning of January the blog had a little mention in the Waitrose Weekend Magazine, which was a nice start to 2017.
Bailey had Forest School again, which she totally loves. They spent nearly the whole day outside and made their own mud paint to paint on some clay. As I dropped her off I could hear the fire crackling, and smell the smoke, I sort of wish I got to stay and play too.
The end of January got really hectic and there were days when I totally forgot that my word for this year is ‘Ease‘. It was always going to be a busy few weeks as I knew I had an approaching deadline for something, plus Bailey’s birthday is at the beginning of February so the end of January always goes by in a whirl of party planning, and birthday talk. Then someone contacted me at the last minute for a piece of work which I just couldn’t turn down, – I guess that’s the life of a freelancer though, some weeks you are crazy busy, and other weeks you don’t have so much on.
The only way I survived was by writing list after list, and remembering to breathe. Every now and again I would have that overwhelming sense that I had taken too much on, but I would take a deep breath and focus on one thing at a time. Reminding myself to connect to my breath when I am having a particularly busy time and feeling the pressure really helps me.
We’ve been trying lots of recipes from A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones. We particularly love this feta and greens omelette, which you can see pictured here – it’s so tasty and really simple to make. My plan is to have a go at a new recipe every couple of weeks or so. What’s really helpful about the book for me is that the recipes are divided by how long they take to make. When I’m after a 20 minute supper (which is most nights to be honest) I know where to look.
Happy February folks, hope your month is filled with love.