I'm in love with this retro pink turtle neck knit which gets worn with great frequency lately. It definitely reminds me of fifties and sixties styling which is fun. This burgundy shift dress was a charity shop find which bowled me over with it's simplicity and comfort. In a super quick turnaround from walking the dog and heading to town I hastened to grab something comfortable and 'me' in stylish terms. As it turns out, the pink and purple combination feels just right. It's perfect for me.
It's black tights alllll the wau this winter plus ankle boots. ALWAYS ankle boots for the win.
A smile, the best accessory a girl can wear. If in doubt add a bit more smile. Sophie
In all honesty I would probably not be spending any much time at all at the allotment over winter if it weren't for C; he has a knack of knowing what needs doing and when. My auto-pilot winter mode insists that nothing can be done, nothing will grow and it's all pointless, which to a certain extent is true though perhaps a tad pessimistic. To my excitement, I have noticed some bulbs just starting to shoot and if I was more organised and had the plan to hand I could tell you what they were. As it is, I'll guess at snowdrops. You can see just how stony the ground is.
After misplacing some iris bulbs for a few months, ahem, C found them in with strimming paraphernalia so I have planted them anyway, in the hope that they may still yield up the goods. The flower bays in the orchard plot look so drab now but I hope that in the months to come we will see some action. The trees still need their prune and it is a priority now, before they think it's spring and come back to life. I think a Youtube tutorial or two may be in order to master the correct way to do is as opposed to rushing in and lopping everything off.
After diligent stone hunting around the plot I have now filled one path on a base layer, still the other to do but it's a good start. The final tilling of the flower patch is a way off yet but I am itching to get planting in March/April, I am terribly over excited.
Over the weekend we did put in some onion sets but the frosty ground and snow is not good news. Hopefully they will be alright. Sophie
The forecast is certainly for some wintry weather over the next few days; gales, cold temperatures and snow. Who knows what will arrive, though I have to say I'm hoping it's nothing too serious. The thought of thundersnow sounds terrifying frankly. As usual there is nothing to do but watch and wait. If we are treated to a carpet of snow then we'll try to make the best of it.
Stay safe, look after yourself and wrap up warm. Sophie
It's not particularly often that we visit the coast, for one reason or another. During our time off over Christmas I had a hankering to head to the beach. My heart has been set on visiting Hunstanton for some time; did you know that the cliffs hide fossils within their layers? I have to say I'd forgotten about all that until we went fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast in Devon on holiday in September. Since then I've been torn between rushing down to our very own fossil hotspot and putting it off to savour the anticipation.
There are quite a few pictures. Plenty that I like.
This partial shell captivated my attention for three reasons. It reminds me of an apple core, also some kind of ear canal and also because the tiny granuals of sand look like microscopic gems.
You can see what's happening with the cliffs....serious erosion in action. It's troubling as there is really nothing that can be done to stop or slow the process of the sea reclaiming the land. The soft sandstone crumbles and tumbles...
It was a really bright and still day, so calm, not a breath of wind and feeling incredibly cold. It was busy but not packed. On a particularly busy day it's virtually impossible to reach Hunstanton as the roads get so clogged the traffic grinds to a standstill.
This bird must have been dancing around for quite some time.
Did we discover any dinosaurs? No. But we did find some peaceful, quiet time on the wet sands by the salty sea. The dinos will just have to wait. Sophie
How to keep warm in winter. Aha, I know all the secrets. Lean in closer and I'll tell you in hushed tones. Layers, thermals and knits. Shhhh, we don't want everyone to know.
A good vest which overlaps your thermal tights is essential, you don't want a gap for the cold to sneak in. I love a thick cotton shirt, quality really pays dividends in the cold. A tank top really keeps my core sung then a jumper on top for maximum comfort and outdoors, a coat with all the scarfy trimmings.
Upon reviewing these pictures C commented that they looked distinctly photoshopped; which is rich because he took the shots in the first place and since then I've only resized them!
You can merrily translate personal style through the seasons as long as you're willing to be flexible and embrace a few variations.
I like how in this last shot I look like I'm plotting something wicked. Maybe I am. Sophie
There's something mysterious and intriguing about the forest. On bank holiday Monday, the convenient day off in lieu of new year's day which made a rather nice four day week back to work instead of going straight in with a five day extraordinaire. I digress. On that Monday we spent an hour or so strolling the sunlit forest paths locally, searching for answers, searching for something.
I found it. The light told me everything I needed to know.
Hold tight, open your eyes. Look at the bigger picture. Breathe, wait. Don't panic, don't worry, don't give up hope. The cold and the dark can feel overwhelming and yet there are chinks of light and goodness.
Oh my goodness, there will be an amazing display of colour once the bushy rhododendrons are in flower. In fact, I MUST make it a resolution to see the rhododendrons in flower this year. No excuses.
One step at a time, one foot in front of another. Sophie
This is the second part of the Boxing day pictures I took from our wander, the first part was the selection in more colourful tones so if...
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