2017 is a go go!

Its been a busy but productive start to 2017. The week started off with some absolutely glorious weather and we brought in the new year by enjoying each others company, reminiscing over 2016, taking some nice winter walks and slowly, trying to get back to normal after Christmas.

Just some of the highlights from 2016
So lucky are we to live so close to the wonderful Thames

My physical wellbeing has still been a challenge this week, particularly from Thursday onwards, but a lot of effort has been put in to maintain my psychological wellbeing.

Did anyone else find that it took all week to let their house recover from the chirstmas hangover? Or are you still recovering? Im still finding pine needles everywhere, which is a lovely reminder of the fun we had this Christmas, but still just a little annoying 😂 I’m still to take the paper chains down from the hallway and the girls bedroom, and after the initial “is it bad luck to keep them up beyond twlevth night?” running through my brain, I am now endevouring to get them down by the end of the week, if I can be bothered…. The only thing I really couldn’t part with just yet is our nordic star in our window, I’m playing the card of it being a winter accessory, and not a Christmas one.

We decided to reuse our Christmas tree in the most part this year instead of the council taking it away, and we are going to spread the pine needles over our allotment plot, so Christmas will live on in our crops this year!
Writing about allotments…….. I took a stroll down to ours on Thursday (it was bloody freezing), full of the hopes of sitting in the shed, planning, and plotting, about what our allotment year might look like. Only to get there and not be able to get in, I think the lock may have been frozen. A cold and dejected walk home it was, but in the end, every cloud has a silver lining because it took me much longer than I anticipated to get all the Christmas things taken down and the presents put away before the darkness of twelvth night settled upon us. The girls exclaimed when they got home from school that the lounge was MASSIVE……. That’ll be because there’s no tree in it now!
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen this last week, and not in a wife handcuffed to the sink way. I’ve really enjoyed cooking and baking this week and its been really lovely to eat some wholesome, homemade food. We haven’t eaten anything processed this last week and are feeling so much better for it. This weeks offerings included, amongst other things –

  • Roasted butternut squash soup – with some of the leftover Christmas ham
  • Cider Bread
  • Banana Cake
  • Avocado and eggs on toasted homemade bread
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Bagels (see below)
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Apple, Raisin, and Cinnamon Porridge
  • Roscon de Reyes (see below)
  • Cashew Curry
  • Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Meringues
  • Roti
Bagels are a slow bake but totally worth it. Something about them bobbing around in the poaching water gets me really excited about what they are going to taste like!
Roscon de Reyes or King Cake is a traditional sweet bread eaten by the Spanish on Epiphany (6th January) to celebrate the Three Kings arrival and Jesus being revealed to the world….

Other enjotments this week include candles, reading, sowing broad bean seeds and chitting new potatoes indoors ready to plant in the spring, eating all the lovely food, playing dohnutters, robins, and enjoying “Class Dismissed” on CBBC a little too much.

How has your year started? Anything exciting planned for 2017? Are you over Christmas yet? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Lastly, if you would like a little peek into my new way of appreciating life then follow me on instagram @manysilverlinings

Love you all xx


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