Sunday, 11 February 2018

Into the Woods

This morning I was pleased that the sun came out gloriously, giving us respite from yesterday's perpetual rain.  I reached for my sunglasses, blinded by the brilliance of the winter rays, and declared that it was the perfect morning for a walk.  I spoke too soon.  The weather was that stereotypical 'changeable' kind that we get so often in Wales.  Literally five minutes later, the sun was completely obscured by snow clouds that flowed down our valley like a tide, leaving no more than a few metres' visibility.  Swirling snowflakes surrounded us, snatching away any warmth and replacing it with an icy chill.  I had to wait an hour for it to ease, but as soon as the sun came out we headed up the mountain into the forest.

A few minutes into our walk, and we were rewarded with the majestic sight of a bird of prey gliding silently from the top of the pine trees to its perch.  We were the only people there, and as we tread carefully over the icy ground to the shelter of the forest, it once again started to snow.  I still can't quite believe that somewhere so remote-feeling is less than 10 minutes' drive from our house.  The forest feels like the kind you'd get in a Grimm fairytale, perhaps with Red Riding Hood picking her way through the pines with a basket in hand.

Into the Woods

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January purchases

January needed cheering up, and whilst I managed to avoid the majority of the sales, I caved in on a few occasions.  Asquith do fantastic yoga wear and their 70% off sales are excellent.  I picked up this bra top and cropped leggings.

thrifty bargains @porcelinasworld

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Say Cheese

Or should that be 'cheesed off'?  January's been pretty miserable this year.  Endlessly grey and damp days interspersed with days of wind and heavy rain.  Barely a glimmer of sunshine, or any of those cold, crisp days that I would associated with this time of year.  Even on those few days when the sun shines for 5 minutes, I've not been able to get outside as much as I do because of working to a PhD deadline.

Up until a few months ago, my PhD was something that I could manage during working hours (it used to be part of the research in my day job) and on my Friday day off.  Now that I'm planning on submitting by the end of this year, and my research projects at work are no longer related to the PhD, the pressure has really been on.  I've been working on it at any given moment that I can squeeze it in, and I can see pages of references every time I close my eyes.  It's like writing a big book really.  Anyway, on Friday I submitted a massive 25,000 word chapter to my supervisor for review, so I can take a small breather.  While I feel relieved that I've got one big chunk done, the pattern of intense working is going to continue for the rest of the year.

So, that's a long excuse about why these photos are really quite dull.  It was a miserable grey day, when all the colour was leached out of everything, and my outfit's not that exciting.  The most interesting bit is perhaps the castle.  Or maybe the birds?

Pink coat @porcelinasworld

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