So a package arrives on my desk at work. I'm mid conversation on the phone. I casually glance at the box continuing to talk, wondering what it might be. My eyes skim the label and time slows. All I see are the words 'Nikon' and 'Replacement'. I calmly make my excuses, offering to phone back shortly. Then jump from my chair and proceed to dance like a crazy (and frighten my colleagues, bonus) - my faulty camera has been replaced!!! Deep inside the wads of packaging, I unearthed a brand new and fully functioning and still gleaming stunner of a camera. It was a joyous moment. As though you hadn't guessed.
In anticipation of all the crafty homemade goodness about to flood these here pages again, here is a celebration of all those wonderful little moments from the last couple of weeks that make life so enjoyable:
Driving home at night in a blizzard with the snow so very thick, yet strangely fine so there was no need for the windscreen wipers. The effect was like warp speed as the flakes came towards us but simply disappeared. It was also akin to being trapped in the relentless original Windows screen saver. I preferred to think of it as warp speed to make the journey go by faster.
Flipping pancakes with our favourite 87 year old. But she had difficulty getting to grips with why we were having pancakes for dinner (pesto and bacon and onion, mmmmm) and yet more pancakes for pudding (lemon and sugar, mmmmm).
Writing by candlelight tucked up in the caravan with the rain pelting the roof, snuggled under a cheery lime green blanket and wearing ridiculously large woolly socks.
Leaning out a steam train carriage with the blustery rain misting up my goggles and soot pelting my face.
Starting a 'photo a day' challenge. The results range vastly from the serious arty shots to the more questionable nonsense you might find on a child's camera.
A moonlit walk round the block with only my new bright red wellies and a lame wind up torch to light the way. The wellies actually surpassed the torch hands down.
Creating a red/heart themed dinner for valentines. Think pink cava, heart shaped toast with roastedonion houmous for starters, red wine pasta (yum) with roasted red peppers and tomatoes for main and a raspberry surprise for dessert.
Three trips around Ikea in one night (after forgetting things each time). Thank you Ikea, without those meatballs, I would never be allowed to lap your wonderful world).
Rediscovering rava kesari (a traditional Indian semolina pudding). Oh. My. Goodness. I actually became grumpy after I ate the last spoonful. Don't worry, I'll be posting the recipe soon so that you too can get your grump on.
Honing our skills at catching ducklings with makeshift fishing rods in the lounge as a practice run for one of the games to be expected at our wedding celebrations later this year.
Pulling up weeds in our little garden in the blazing sunshine. Alright, blazing may be a little south of the correct term, but it was mildly warming and certainly a welcome taster of the months to come. Oh, ok, I don't normally enjoy pulling weeds up either but it felt so good just spending time outside without the need to race in and make a hottie bottie to defrost my limbs.
Here's to another fun filled week and lots more crafting. And I cannot wait to post the recipe for homemade Orangina! Oh, and stringy caramelised onion chutney. Delish!