Sunday, 24 March 2013

Slow

Indulging after school on Friday with hot chocolate and waffles. 


Waking on Saturday morning to more snow. 


Marvelling at how deep the snow actually is (the photo on the left is of our kitchen door opening onto my frozen herb pots).


Braving the elements by walking up to the shops for supplies (bread, milk, CBeebies magazines, chocolate, wine). As we left the house, Bella said "Mummy, where are the steps? I can't see them." 


Drying our winter woolens on the radiator when we got home.


Changing the bedding...ooh, pink!



Moving my felt ball garland from the living room to the shelf in the bedroom and deciding I love it there. No, the novelty of a newly decorated room still has not worn off.


Eating penne with prawns and pancetta for a sofa supper on Saturday night, trays balanced on our knees in front of the tv.


Wearing two pairs of socks, every day, plus welly socks when I go out. Too much?


Attempting to make a pretty Easter coffee table arrangement while Angus interfered with my Easter coffee table arrangement.


Creating some Easter cards with Bella.


 Roasting a leg of lamb, then eating apple crumble for pudding.


The good thing about really heavy snow at the weekend, the sort of snow which forces everyone to cancel their plans and forget about driving anywhere, the sort of snow which has people chatting to strangers and neighbours alike, is that it forces you to slow down.* It gives you permission to relax and do, well, not nothing, but do less. All thoughts of spring are gone and it's all about hunkering down and being cosy. I uploaded all these photos in the order in which I took them. I wanted to give you a flavour of our weekend. It was a good weekend. A slow weekend. 



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* Not the good people who have to get to work though. They don't get to slow down.  It took John two and a half hours to make a thirty minute journey to work on Saturday morning.

58 comments:

jen said...

Oh it's been good this weekend for all of us. I've really enjoyed taking it easy. And I wear 3 pairs of socks too - it's the only way to survive this weather isn't it? x

Amelie Pou said...

Wow, what a lovely week-end! Those waffles and that crumble look yummy!
Love your hot chocolate pot, your collection of tapes and the photo of the scarves and gloves on the radiator ;)

Tracey said...

Wow Leeds had so much snow, already marvelled at Jen's blog, just grey and cold with flurries in London.
Love your shots and the garland looks fab in your bedroom.
x

sweetpea family said...

what a lovely weekend thank you for sharing your adorable images - I love the coloured tape you were using for Easter cards - so pretty ;)

A Normandy kitchen said...

Hello Gillian,
Great set of photos, the 'little' fingers on the eggs made me smile! Happy you enjoyed the weekend... in spite of the snow! It really did fall where you are - we have missed it here (sorry) and got to dig over the veg plot, my back is wishing it had snowed here also!
Ivan x

Jennifer said...

I love to see how you hunkered down for the snow. I love Bella's rosy shirt; it almost matches the washi tape she's using.

the linen cloud said...

We had a slow one here too ... it is so, so cold ... we stayed tucked up and cosy ... I love you socks ... very pretty ... and all that yummy food ... you're making me hungry ... Bee xx

PS The butterfly picture on my mantle was made by me ... it's little cutouts of origami paper stuck on white card ... xx

andamento said...

Oooh, lots of snow your way! Love the shot of your bedroom, it may inspire me to tidy ours... The penne with prawns looks delicious. Mmm!

Morten and Me said...

Gorgeous cosy, snugly pictures, a real taste of your weekend. No snow here....just wind :( xx

Well Hello! said...

I envy your slow weekend, especially the pasta and apple pie!

Leanne xx

Rainbow Vintage Home said...

SO much snow! We haven't had any down here but I went to Birmingham on the train today and was amazed at how deep it was in places! Glad you're managing to enjoy the enforced slowdown...certainly looks like a lovely weekend. xx

dolly mixtures said...

Deep snow here and we had to travel... but if you don't it's great to do relaxing things. Your weekend sounds wonderful xo

Louise said...

I love snow but I rarely stay indoors in it. I always think it's the perfect excuse to stay inside, be lazy and spend time reading by the fire or whatever, but I don't last long before the desire to be outside kicks in, be in sledging, building a snow man or more likely, visiting my beautiful countryside to see the landscape in snow and marvel at the beauty of snowdrifts! No matter how cold it gets, I always have to go out!

Lovely photos, it sounds like a great weekend to me!

Julie said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend. Much as I'm fed up of the snow,like you,I'm enjoying the quiet time at home baking and crafting. The prawns and pancetta sounds delicious and my kind of food. And I adore those daffodils - such a gorgeous colour. x

My Norfolk Life said...

That snow is amazing! I wish we had half as much here in Norfolk. Your weekend sounds perfect.
Claire

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Gillian
We have been lucky so far, not that much snow but biting cold winds. Perfect excuse to be inside enjoying the warmth and a bit of crafting time and making lemon curd cakes. Your weekend looks pretty perfect to me too - apple crumble and custard...mmm!
Best wishes and keep warm (two pairs of socks and welly socks sounds about right for the depth of snow you have!)
Ellie

Oh Abigail said...

Fab weekend! I was just about to buy you some washi tape but see you have already stocked up! Xxxx

mags said...

Love the cosy warm feeling in your photos .... apple crumble yum. Here in Kendal we have missed the snow again! amazing - still it makes it much easier with work. Have a great week.

Maggie

Jo Shedden said...

Love it! My wee ones always put we hands into my pictures- it makes me laugh! No snow here but we still had a lovely quiet weekend too, Keep warm Jo xx

Cheryl said...

We're only about an hour from you, but no snow outside (we did get a little yesterday, but not much really). As glad as I am not to have it, you have made it seem rather romantic :) xx

Casey said...

I don wool socks and hideous wool sock slippers for our New England (US) winters. And more snow in the forecast for tomorrow here...

Jacquie said...

Hi Gillian, loved this post....great photos as always :0)
we had a lot of snow but looks like you had even more. I always wear thick wellie socks over my normal socks ....wellies are freezing otherwise.
It's been a lovely weekend.... certainly very pretty, just hope there's not too much ice on the roads in the morning.
Jacquie x

Swallow Barn said...

such lovely photos - this snow is mad eh, I've had my thick socks on too!

Nikki x

Kristina said...

wow, so much snow! hope spring will be around soon - sending you some sunshine from australia!! lovely pictures!!
Kristina x

Greer said...

It looks like a beautiful weekend. That snow is incredible!

Penny said...

Wow, wonderfully captured Gillian.I have really enjoyed seeing snippets of your lovely family, home and slow weekend. We have been quite fortunate not to have had any snow this time round in the south east, but it has been bitterly cold and oh so grey! Hope you have a good week ahead xox Penny

A little bit Country said...

Ok seriously Gillian. Can I pleaseeeee come and hang out at your house? Snow and all. That looks like my kind of weekend, bliss! xo

Jenny said...

I cannot believe all the snow you guys are getting there! Just crazy.

I love the fett garland over your bed. So cheerful.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of the snow but you managed to make it look lovely. I love Bella's rosebud shirt and your food looks fabulously good. Have a wonderful week. :)

Tanya said...

Looks like you're getting as much snow as we are in New England! The new bedroom looks lovely. I have the same birdie tray as you! Love those cheery colours! x

Xelenacrochets said...

Oh, we are getting very much snow now too! Your photos gave me ideas how to spend this time with comfort and joy. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

Trudy said...

3 pairs of socks, really????!!

Sopa Azul said...

Hello Gillian, I liked your weekend at home and doing things with the kids. I hope the good weather arrives soon! x

Anna-Marie Field said...

Hi Gillian, So much snow!!!! But your home looks cosy, warm and comfortable!!! Love the Easter makes!!! Happy Easter to you and your loves!!!
Love
AMarie

Kimberley Atkinson said...

I am jealous of your snow. 11pm in Auckland , New Zealand and I have the fan blowing in my face. Biggest drought in 70 years and sunny 25 degrees tomorrow. Crazy unseasonal weather all over the world!!!

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The Faerie Factory said...

It all looks so cozy and warm inside. I love the felt ball garland, looks fab ... Sarah x

Coal Valley View said...

Lovely photos, as always. I just want to jump in all that snow though! I would be out walking in it all day every day. No? Does the novelty wear off after a week or so? I just can't imagine, it looks so gorgeous. xxx

Col | Hello Olive said...

Can't believe all that snow! Looks amazing and you all seem to have a had wonderful weekend! x

Lisa Lawless Furey said...

Sometimes it's a slow weekend that we need! Looks all cosy and warm. I love the pink bedding x

Jay said...

We've had no where near as much snow as you, it's bitterly cold though. I love weekends like this when plans are on hold and you can't get the car out! I'm loving your socks too. x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I think we should all have a Pom Pom garland above our beds! :) x

Ladybird Diaries said...

Great post! Looks like such a homely, cosy weekend. Can't believe all the snow! We have had none here!
M xxxx

Jo said...

Yes, lots of snow this weekend, but I'm pleased that it's nearly gone now. It's soooo cold though. Hot chocolate and waffles are just the thing for snowy weather.

Ann said...

Love your pink beddings
and your bed look so inviting.
Your socks are cute.
And yeah, I'd love to have hot choco and waffles.

Reginas Cottage said...

hi gillian,
wow... you have really lots of snow.love the easter makes.nice magazine,hot chocolate and waffle perfect for a cosy sunday.lovely socks!!!!!!
have a nice week,
love regina

June said...

No snow here at all! Love the idea of the multi layered socks.
June

Lisa said...

A very cosy post, not one you would be expecting to see at the end of March, but a warm fuzzy one none the less!
Lisa x

Susan Smith said...

Wow, that was very interesting with the snow and cosiness of inside pics.
My feet always feel the cold, so good socks and slippers are a must. Yummy looking food, so you must be a good cook too. Keep warm as I believe the coming week is still going to be cold.

my little red suitcase said...

what a lovely weekend. I want to come and join in with you! the daffodils are an amazing colour and so much snow! enjoy, Heather x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I was due to drive over in your direction on Saturday ... needless to say, I didn't!

Your bedroom is looking fabulous! Ditto that pasta ... yum!

Jane George said...

snow again! we couldn't believe it, not helped by the boiler breaking on friday and only getting fixed today! it's been cold here! xx

Jane George said...

oh and loving those pompoms x

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Yepp, that's the kinda snow we still have here as well! The kids room looks sooo gorgeous! Love the pompoms!

vindiebaby said...

Love the pictures but my most favorite part is to see those beautiful socks she is wearing in on of the pictures :)

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Jen Walshaw said...

Wow look at that snow. Hard to believe we are just an hour away and have none. Not a drop! Maxi is decorating eggs at cubs tonight. I am going to send him with washi tape!

...Tabiboo... said...

Gawd that's a lot of snow! I love your collection of mugs - I think mine would be permanently topped up with hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Nina x

Julia said...

Very lovely (cosy) weekend! I could totally eat one your waffles right now. Yum!! I love your Spring bedding. It's so pretty and soft against the white wall. And the penne looks like the perfect Saturday night dinner! Great weekend!