Since Christmas life has been really busy – I’ve had my head down, working away, and the days are flying by. Busy family life glides on, as it always does, while everything underneath is pedalling away furiously.
It feels like everything is gearing up for Spring (in my mind, at least), but outside everything is still very cold. Part of the reason why Spring feels so close, is that my life feels quite spring-like at the moment. My blog has a fresh new look, and bright new shoots are developing all the time.
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve taken a break from my weekly catch-up posts. I don’t want to stop writing about what we’re up to – these are often my favourites to read and write – but I needed to take a break from writing a fixed weekly post.
This break was needed because I have been working solidly since the New Year on creating a new business venture. Marmalade Pie will soon be opening a shop! Online for now, but one day perhaps it’ll be made of bricks and mortar too. My blog will remain very much as it is, with my shop sitting alongside it. Opening a shop has always been a dream of mine and I hope very much that you will all enjoy visiting it as much as I have creating it. I’m still a few weeks away from launching – and there’s still huge amounts to be done – but I’ll be sharing more updates with you very soon. I can’t wait to share more details of the lovely products I’m currently sourcing for my shop.
January, then, was all about taking the first steps into creating my new business. I’ve been on a course – packing my head with information, whilst also getting to enjoy exploring Peterborough on a bright Winter’s day.
I’ve also been to my first trade fair at Olympia, which was a joy and I could have easily bought everything.
This last month has also been the time that the coughs and colds of Winter finally caught up with our family. Poor Tom has been particularly unlucky, but the rest of us are definitely at the over-tired, badly-fed, sunshine-starved stage of an average winter. In busy times, marmite toast and tea drinking dominate. While nice, I feel like I may be turning into a slice of cheap white bread. Vitamins and lots of water are required. We’ve even caved into the inevitable and bought a Nutribullet – I’m nothing if not predictable. We’re hurling everything, bar the kitchen sink, into the blender.
Meanwhile, in the house project declutter is now in full swing. It’s had a faltering start, but we’ve now made major headway by giving away our old sofa and armchair. We now have lots more room in the playroom, which is soon to become more of a study/family room – home to a desk for me, the piano and hopefully lots of storage. We’re also going to give the boys a bedroom each, with the majority of their toys moving upstairs to live in their bedrooms. Currently, we’re at that awful stage where everything looks frightful and displaced while we shift the tide of possessions and plastic toys around the house. I’m hoping we’ll make lots of progress next week during half-term.
To distract us from the dusty heaps of rubbish everywhere, I’m filling the house with pretty Spring flowers.
I’ve also managed a few trips out of Ely lately. To Norwich last week to visit my sister and niece, and then a night away in Cambridge with James to celebrate his birthday – which included a formal dinner in Clare College, which was very pretty and also happens to be his old college.
We’ve also been over to Wicken Fen to let off steam a few times. On our last trip Tom ended up thigh deep in a bit of boggy fen, convinced that a crocodile was trying to gobble him up. He needs a pair of waders.
And finally, I’ve also been remembering to make time for coffee and cake with friends. Working from home is a lonely business and it’s important to resist the side into a completely hermit-like existence!