Snow again yesterday, not much, just flurries throughout the day. however it was enough to stoke the fires of imagination and keep me on track with the Christmas book I'm writing just now.
A roaring fire, snow falling, the odd Christmas decoration lurking with intent in the living room (you see I am not a lazy toad who forgot to take some things down, this is creativity, this is a working environment of props and suggestions – are you beleiving this or just going witht the lazy toad bit). Ah yes it all helps to keep the festive spirit alive and maintain my enthusiasm for prezzies, sprouts, trees and cards.
In some ways I've just carried on with Christmas since December, I've been doing photos and writing notes, planning layouts and mapping chapters. Now though Christmas really is back with a vengeance, I must get this book completed and stop messing about.
I must be strict with myself, curtail trips to the coffee shop in the village, tie myself to that monitor and work, work, work!
This will be another week of sprouts I feel. Recipes have to be done again and again to get them right. Luckily I love Christmassy food, as does Idgy. We seem to have been eating the various components of the classic festive lunch on and off for weeks now. Bits of Christmas sneak into meals that wouldn't normally be graced by roasted parsnips, bread sauce and the like. Who'd have thought that honey glazed carrots with star anise would be such a hit with fish fingers and chips.
I will escape today though. I shall move from Christmas to Spring in one giant step. I'm doing Spring cleaning hints on The Hour today, so it's off to TV land armed with herbs, borax, baking soda, beeswax, essential oils and lemons, to create cleaners with a conscience.
So I'm all of a mixture here today, with snow on the ground, Christmas in my head, the scents of summery herbs and hopefully a spring in my step!
Have a great day.