By the time you will be reading this our sights will be firmly set on February and moving swiftly through to the kinder months ahead and spring. Spring, that magical word that brings us new beginnings and warmth. Oh, how I long for some warm days. The kind of day that you can venture outside without a raincoat and dare I say it, bare legs?
This blog post is a round-up of “My January”. It touches on a few of my highlights and gives you the opportunity to catch up on any blog posts you might have missed whilst hibernating from the snow!
Unlike half the population I don’t tend to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In fact, I was snuggled up in bed at 9.30pm after a delicious dinner of salmon with a cranberry, parsley and nut crust followed by the leftover Christmas cheeses and homemade chutneys. A delicious last supper for 2018. This early night enabled me to wake up fresh-faced and with a spring in my step to celebrate New Years Day.
After breakfast, Steve and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and hopped on a train to Lympstone. A small village that nestles beside the River Exe about half way between Exeter and Exmouth. Our plan was to walk from Lympstone to Exmouth along the estuary with fish and chips on the beach as our reward followed by an unseasonal ice cream. It might have been a beautiful day but crikey it was awfully cold and it took about an hour for my fingers to thaw after my coffee gelato. Goodness knows why we decided to enjoy an ice cream with the temperatures being close to freezing although it did seem like a great idea at the time!
As much as I should relish the start of a new year with new beginnings and fresh starts I always struggle with my emotions. I have been feeling really low without a real explanation. Is this what they call SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder? Depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. On top of that, my naughty cat Archie has had the greatest pleasure of waking me most mornings at 4.30am. The little darling. To combat my lows I have tried to organise a few lunch and dinner dates with friends to pick my mood up a little as well as the odd tea and cake date.
It’s important to take time out of busy schedules and do something fun. Steve and I headed to Topsham one Saturday afternoon after my ballet classes for a walk and a stop at my favourite coffee shop in Topsham, Sara’s Petite Cuisine. I tried my first Spiralina latte which I thoroughly enjoyed alongside the dreamiest raspberry and custard brioche. Sara really is a whizz in the kitchen.
I published one of my most popular articles this month. ‘A Few Ways I Am Cutting Down Waste’. If you haven’t already read it click here. It has been getting a lot of positive feedback and readers have been amazing at giving me advice. Thank you all who took the time to comment. I am still learning and making small improvements daily.
It’s blood orange season! My all-time foodie season. I made it my mission to search Exeter high and low to find enough to bake up a storm. Eat Your Greens and Grocer on The Green came up trumps and so obviously umpteen blood orange bundt cakes were baked! For the recipe click here. I am sure you will love the recipe as much as I do.
Health House Retreats
Additional Photographs by Dane Ridgway and Chloe Upton.