I’m a real summer lover as I hate being cold, but I love getting wrapped up really warm and watching fireworks with a steaming hot drink in hand. I also love spending time at Steve’s (my partner) family home in Wales. Their house sits on top of a hill overlooking lush green fields and winding roads with no street lights, which means it is pitch black except for the stars on a clear night.
We sit out on the swings with hot chocolate and Cointreau, and stare up at the stars marvelling at the peace and perfection of it all. We’ve had so many good times there. One year we took the children and their friends to stay and we set light lanterns off into the sky together with positive messages attached to them. Yes, we are such soppy hippies at heart but these little moments make life sweeter.
I adore the festive period and the lead up to it. My daughter likes to face paint and dress up at New Year’s – you can see her work on our faces here. We run outside just after midnight banging pots and pans – a tradition I picked up in the States. I’m not sure what my neighbours think as I’ve never seen them do it, but we love making as much noise as we can to bring in the New Year like banshees!
I’d love to know how you spend the chillier months.
Love Catherine x