We made it through winter, or this is what I’ll say, when I tell myself that the bitter cold is just a few more days.
We made it through winter, the snow at our doors, the frost at our feet, and the cold under paws.
We made it through winter, we got out of bed, we went out into the cold fresh days and then back to rest our heads.
We wrapped up warm and drank hot drinks that melted the frost and helped us think, we scraped our cars and drove real far, because winter really had a place in our hearts.
We stayed up late because it was dark to soon and saw, in the clear fresh air, the stars and the moon.
We made it through winter, or this is what I’ll say, when spring dawns, and I’m ready to thaw, from these cosy nights and days.
Celebrating a new found love of the crisp beauty of winter, although I’ll always be loyal to summer.
Waking up in a cold and desolate place was hard: The light streamed in through a crack in the heavy blackout curtains. I’d pour myself into the water that streamed over my skin and dissolve into my own mind.
Readying myself to say goodbye to the harsh daylight was harder: Stepping outside and knowing that those few moments in a morning were the fresh air that I would breath, the life that I would see and the only real ground I would feel beneath my feet until night had fallen.
Everyday for months I would lose the natural light, say goodbye to the real world and play at politeness with people who were consumed within themselves.
Everyone has a tipping point, a breaking point.The day where my morality was questioned was that day.
And so I relished those moments outdoors and drew energy to change. I was blessed with a single chance.
I shed the weight like a tree shaking off its leaves to embrace winter, and then shedding the cold snow as it thaws.
Here I am, emerging. The light is harsh but the beauty it reveals is worth the strain it brings to my sight.
Hello daytime, I look forward to waking up and all the things that follow.
I look forward to writing them down.
The Zesty Sunday Smoothie:
-250ml Pure Orange Juice
-8-10 Strawberries (Chopped)
-1 Banana (chopped)
-Half a lemon (zested and juiced)
-Half a fresh orange (juiced)
The lemon and orange may seem like a strange addition but they give it a zesty citrus flavor that really livens up the taste of the other ingredients.
The ingredients were all brought fresh first thing this morning from my local farm shop and if they weren’t in a smoothie they’d be perfect for a pie or some lemon curd. Shopping locally means I can get food that’s freshly picked and ready to cook everyday (no defrost required).
Health is a really important part of my life but the revelation of learning to cook foods that are low in bad fats and which make my body happy has been a brilliant journey so far!