|Skip in the snow before Christmas. Now, at last, it has gone.|
Back in November I went to a blogging workshop run by blogger Simon Savidge. It was interesting and he gave lots of good advice to anyone who wanted to start a blog and acquire readers: write a witty bio, prepare posts in advance, link to Instagram and Twitter etc. All the things I don't do and I'm not going to start now. I'm happy enough with the set up as it is and not that bothered if there aren't that many readers though I do love it when I get comments.
Our Christmas was peaceful and mainly spent preparing and eating lots of good food in our new kitchen. This was a real pleasure after months of preparing meals on one single pot hob and a microwave. I even enjoyed clearing up: it is bliss to have a dishwasher again. We had a very pleasant New Year's Eve meal with old friends. Paul cooked, my contribution being a fairly successful Sticky Toffee Pudding. As usual, I struggled to last until midnight and actually fell asleep for a bit, stretched out on the floor in front of the log burner watching Jules Holland, but woke to greet the New Year watching the fireworks in London on TV.
|The chef at work on his new island|
|Ronan the dog likes the underfloor heating and has now stopped peeing in the new kitchen.|
|I've got a view over the garden so I can watch the birds again|
|It's all looking a bit showhouse at present. Soon we'll add our personal touch - general mess and clutter. I chose a Belfast sink like we.had when I was a child. And because of the name.|
|I love the roof lantern though I had to lean out of the upstairs window with a mop to remove the bird poo on it.|