Before I start this blog properly, let me just tell everyone who bought the slow cooker today's special value a couple of weeks ago, and is interested in the recipe for the chocolate pudding that Simon made for us, it's in my last blog.
Also, some of you have asked for the rice pudding and porridge recipes which I have now posted as a comment on that blog. Happy slow cooking!!
Having been away for a fantastic skiing holiday last week (more on that with some photos in my next blog) I was finding it rather difficult to motivate myself to come back to work yesterday.
To make it even harder, I bought my first ever Northern Nights flannel bedding a few weeks ago when we had some as a today's special value. I can't believe I've waited so long to enjoy the sumptuous soft cosy luxury – I absolutely LOVE it but it's so hard to get out of it in the morning!
My alarm goes just before 5.30 and it's cold and dark – not very inviting.I just want to stay snuggled up in bed. I struggled in to work with post-holiday blues and a sore ankle from some steroid injections I'd had the day before, and really felt as though the winter would never end.
But today, my mood has lifted. There was light in the sky as I drove over Chelsea Bridge for the first time this year!! (And it wasn't because I was late – it was 6.30 on the dot.)
There was dark cloud across most of the sky but it had parted in the east, allowing the most amazing orange glow to silhouette the iconic sight of Battersea power station against the skyline.
I had to stop to take a picture – it looked beautiful. The sun isn't actually up until almost 7am but it was well and truly on it's way, and so, therefore, is SPRING!!! Having been away for a week, the change in the light as I arrived at work was more obvious – before long it will be noticeable when I haul myself out of bed, which makes getting up so much easier. Goodness, the bird's might be singing soon!
Another pointer to spring being just around the corner is that I'm looking forward to my first hour of gardening with Richard Jackson this year, at midday tomorrow. I always enjoy working with Richard but often get bumped off the gardening hours onto beauty or fashion by the guys. But once spring is here our gardening shows come thick and fast, and I finally get a look-in.
I wonder what it is that reminds you that winter is almost over. Do let me know, but whatever it is, think positive – that wonderful feeling of spring in the air is not so far away…