First of all I want to say a great big thank you to everyone for all of the kind things you said last week about Five On Friday and the changes that are afoot. If you don't know already, from 24th March there will be a new host. Tricky from FAST blog will be taking over. You can find out more here.
Thank you for your kindness it really means so much to me. Thank you for saying lovely things and for understanding that I need to make changes and move on with life. I have some more to say about that below and will have more to say in the future I am sure, but I can say already that I feel more energised to move on with my life and in particular with my blogging. I think that I will feel freer to do different things in future which will be great.
I am sorry that I seemed to be late reading your posts last week. In fact I read them twice as I did a quick read when you first linked up, but I wanted to wait until all of the submissions had happened before I visited and left you all a comment, so if you haven't seen my message it is now there! This week I am also going to be late visiting and commenting because we have a busy weekend planned with some private things so I will be around on Tuesday I expect.
One of the things I have struggled with his when I have weekends like this and trying to juggle Five On Friday so I have to say that I am glad that I will be freer in the future to blog in a way that will fit more easily around my family life.
All of that to say thank you for your loveliness, understanding and best of all for so many of you going and visiting Tricky's blog. I saw that he had a lot of comments which really made my heart sing! FAST is a great blog and I know that you will enjoy it and to see you going over there really makes me happy. One of the things that I love most and try hardest to promote in life and especially in blogging is sharing and kindness and your visits to Tricky showed that you feel the same and that is just wonderful!
I also wanted to say that I am sorry that I appear to have been missing from commenting on your blogs lately. I have been reading, but yes, I have been absent from the comments. Although the aftermath of the funeral and everything has happened and the paperwork is now under control somehow Hubby and I are feeling that we need more time with each other now. I think it is only as things settle more than you become more aware of the reality. So I am taking some time in the evenings to be more with Hubby than my computer as we need to do that. I will be back and gradually blogging and commenting will increase. I had two posts scheduled for this week some time ago and then added another yesterday on a whim, but I am taking a bit of a general blog break too, but as I get back into the swing of things I will return and writing and sharing will increase once again. All in good time as many of you have said to me and are well aware yourselves.
Anyway, enough wittering!! I said in the post I wrote yesterday that I am thinking more about my writing style and one of those thoughts is to try and be more succinct and so far this post is far from succinct!
Spring bulbs. Just look at the array of things coming up in our garden. Snowdrops and miniature - and some not so miniature - daffodils and crocuses. The pictures say it all, aren't they beautiful!.
Oh, and yes, in the next picture. Masses and masses of moss. We did no gardening for the second half of last year. This is the result! Once the snowdrops finish in late May we will be attacking the moss with the scarifer and rake, although it will always be here because of the shady conditions. So we tolerate it and then clear it and go round and round!
Other spring flowers. Primulas and hellebores as well as other things growing and sprouting. The rhubarb is making an appearance too which is always welcome.
Crafty things. Those of you on Instagram will have already seen my bunny sock blockers more than once, but really, you cannot show anything this cute too often can you. Oh, and my first ever pair of knitted socks......
I am also participating in the Scheepjes Hygge CAL, it is great fun, although slightly challenging. I am not finished with this weeks yet, but I will also share that on Instagram and more here as I make progress. In case you are wondering, yes, the bits that look like cross stitch are cross stitch. That is what the challenge is!
Weather. Although the weather has been great at times this week, it is still very cold and it has also been very wet. Earlier in the week we had a torrential downpour with a lot of hail in it. You can see just how much hail gathered in the nooks and crannies.
Walking. I have been for another walk with the group I found. We went all through the woods this time and the weather was glorious. I am keeping my blogger credentials under my hat for now, so I haven't taken my camera, but when we stopped for a break halfway round I snapped these photos on my phone. The blue sky hasn't really come out, but it was beautiful, even if it was freezing cold!
Thank you for your visit today. I hope that you have a great weekend. Love your loved ones and be just a little kinder thank you need to be.