17/02/21 – Wise words

I’m currently reading Anne Frank’s diary and it’s such an incredible book. She’s a insightful writer, especially so for such a young age. I thought it would be a bit of a slog to get through but I’m finding myself flying through it by reading at every single moment of free time I have as I’m taking so much from it.

This quote stood out to me today. I’ll type it out too so it’s a bit clearer. What an exceptional and inspirational young woman.

At such moments I don’t think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you’re not part of it.’

My advice is: ‘Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.’

I don’t think Mother’s advice can be right, because what are you supposed to do if you become part of the suffering? You’d be completely lost. On the contrary, beauty remains, even in misfortune. If you just look for it, you discover more and more happiness and regain your balance. A person who’s happy will make others happy; a person who has courage and faith will never die in misery!

Anne Frank “A Diary of a Young Girl”

16/02/21 – Pancakes and saying goodbye to social media

Today is shrove Tuesday! We had pancakes for our pudding tonight and they were lush. For Lent I’m attempting to abstain from social media (not including my blogs!). I think it’ll be hard, but good for me. I’m finding myself getting more and more wound up by terrible people on the internet, so it’s time to step away for a few weeks. Wish me luck!

P.S. My blog automatically posts to my Twitter, so that’ll still be active!

15/02/21 – The smell of Spring

Out on our lunchtime walk today we could both smell Springtime in the air! The rain came last night and washed away all the remaining snow and what feels like also the end of winter.

The smell of fresh air and flowers were blowing in the breeze and this has cheered up no end. What a metaphor it is especially this year, as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of covid as over 15 million people are now vaccinated in the UK! I’m sat here with high hopes.

14/02/21 – Valentine’s chippy date

Nic and I walked to Brockwell today to have chip shop chips in the park! It was much milder than Friday so made for a more pleasant potato eating experience.

More birds standing on ice, but looks like it’ll be the last of it as the temp is already climbing up here in London. I’m feeling very ready for spring!

13/02/21 – Running views

Quiet day today. I ran 11 miles though! To Nunhead, so lots of hills but great views. Another slower run that I really enjoyed. I then spent the rest of the day finishing my latest book and finally catching up online with some friends. I’m really enjoying my long weekend, so nice to have a little break.

12/02/21 – Freezing day off

Nic and I took the day off work today. A day to recharge. We walked down to crystal Palace Park to get a jacket potato for lunch whilst watching the birds on the frozen lake. It sounds magical but it was freeeeeezing. We did have a lovely time though, and it certainly blew away some cobwebs! If you can, take a day off, it’s been a long year already…

11/02/21 – Footprints in the snow

The snow is starting to melt but not without a fight! It was -5 degrees here today which is cold for London. I’m enjoying seeing all the little footprints in the snow from all our little cat and fox visitors that we get in the garden. We have a high traffic route which due to our grass being so long has created a worn down path that the animals go through! Hilarious and slightly embarrassing for our garden maintenance…

08/02/21 – Day of rest

I woke up today with a killer headache after what was one of my worst sleeps in months. I ended up taking the day off work and slept for another three hours! Clearly I needed it.

It snowed and snowed today but we didn’t feel like going out in it. Snapped this photo of Nic as he looked out into our garden in a world of his own.