January 5, 2013

banishing the blues

These days between New Year and the start of the school term are a phase of transition. Over Christmas, we had an extended period of time as a family, which was a real treat for all of us. Now that D (my husband) has returned to work, and the bigger boy’s return to school is imminent, the chores are mounting up and it’s hard not to succumb to the January blues.

A trip to the local farmers’ market was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits. We came away with fresh veggies, nourishing bread, tummies full of hot chocolate and a bag full of primulas and hyacinths. Add a copy of the Saturday Guardian and several skeins of yarn waiting at home to be knitted, and I had all the simple pleasures that I needed. Perhaps the simplest (but most satisfying) of these was finding a home for a hyacinth bulb inside one of my favourite coffee cups!

What do you do to banish the blues?

7 thoughts on “banishing the blues

  1. dottycookie

    What a shot of much needed cheer! We have an inset day tomorrow before we’re all back into the fray. We have a busy, stressful term coming up and I am rather feeling the need to hide under the covers but instead we are planning a girlie trip into Cambridge – shopping, lunch, flowers – before real life comes back and I have to let my not-so-little ones go again. January blues – yep, got those in spades.

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  2. Dragonfly

    The Teen has gone back to school for one day today … off on study leave from tomorrow for another week. No matter, I am off out in search of flowers too : )

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  3. Suzie @The view from here

    I am glad to see you put hyacinth bulbs in tea cups too, my mum thought I was bonkers for doing it but I think they look lovely. I am sure you must have had this before but I have nominated your blog for the Liebster award thing if you want to take part. The questions are up on my blog. x

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