I hereby declare this week to have been a ‘good week’! Full of bright moments, beauty, appreciation and positive challenges! And most of it passed without my camera by my side.
I would so love to share with you the beauty of the winter sunlight on Wednesday afternoon as it glanced across a landscape of fields which really did roll and undulate.
I was travelling along the ‘B’ roads of East Dorset, from Verwood, through the delightfully named Sixpenny Handley up to Shaftesbury to join the A350. It was mid afternoon and the fields were still heavy with frost, muted in tones of blue and green, sparkling where the sunlight danced across the hedgerows. Naked trees punctuating the scene with their stately skeletons, throwing long shadows across empty fields. A hint of mist played in the valleys, fracturing the weak sunlight, gently lighting up the scene. It was, literally, breathtaking.
Later, on the same journey, now travelling by train, through Bath, the towering stone townhouses alongside the track were glowing proudly in the last glances of sunlight. And then, whizzing across that narrow strand of countryside between Bristol and the Severn tunnel, the flat flood plains darkening, preparing for another biting night, the sun just dipping below the horizon leaving a pale orange smear low in the sky in front of which, briefly, stood a tall row of ancient twisted winter trees; natures sculpture in natures fading spotlight. I did capture it, not with my camera, but with my mind. It was beautiful.
To make up for the absence of misty, hauntingly beautiful landscape pictures, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite blogs right now … these are some of the places which keep my ‘feel good factor’ alive and well.
First up …
… I am loving Srapiana, for her scraps & scribblings on sewing, thrift, upcycling & vintage haberdashery, and especially for these gloriously simple christmas decoration ideas …
Image courtesy of Scrapiana
The ‘love what you wear’ project has given my current lack of clothing allowance a new meaning and purpose, and I am now connected to a creative and innovative group of women who are inspiring me with new ideas every day!
Image courtesy of the 'Love What you Wear' project
For the wit of her writing, the angle of her view and the humour and beauty of her creations I am so glad I recently discovered the blog of the lovely Fiona T.
Image courtesy of Fiona T
To satisfy my cravings for Scandi design, beautiful interiors and general all round gorgeousness I hop over to Little Birdie … I am especially loving her ’52 weeks of Happy’ series …
Image courtesy of Little Birdie
… and for fabulous, floral, retro inspiration of the cosiest kind I find myself drawn to the cheery home of Modflowers …
Image courtesy of Modflowers
… gorgeous huh!
The web is full of wonderful inspiring blogs, and I love a little tour of my favourites, just as much as I enjoy discovering new and exciting places to visit … hope that some of these bring the feel good factor into your lives too.
Other bright spots this week have included …
~ a lovely pub-grub evening out with friends ~
~ watching the crazy birds in my garden scrapping over food and water ~
~ a couple of very productive work days ~
~ lovely feedback and appreciation ~
~ the yummiest carrot cake ever ~
Hoping the bright spots in your week are staying with you ~ and wishing you all a warm and cosy weekend.