Well, it's taken an age & just when I was losing the will to live, it would seem that Spring is finally here! Anyone that knows me knows that I love winter & all that it brings (you know, roaring log fires, steaming bowls of comfort food, getting into my pjs at 5pm, Christmas etc!!) but I really don't want it to extend into the middle of April! It was only a few days ago that we still had snow on the ground, eeek!!
We live in a beautiful rural village about 8 miles from Dundee & are fortunate enough to have a huge country park about a 2 minute walk from home. I blooming love this park & it was one of the deciding factors in us wanting to live in this village, as opposed to closer to the city. There's 2 great play parks for kids with massive wooden forts & zip slides built in amongst the forest & reservoirs for fishing, boating & water sports. My teenage girls spend several sessions a week windsurfing & kayaking in the school holidays, a welcome break from mooching round the shops with their pals!!
With the evenings getting lighter by the day now, we love to have a wander round the park after dinner, sometimes stopping in at the park's wee café/bistro for a cheeky vino!! Last month, the engine in our car went kaput (that's a whole other rant though, I'll save that for another day!) so I was forced to do the school run on foot via the park rather than the usual 2 minute journey by car. Even though it was still bitterly cold, the sun was blasting through the clouds, illuminating the park in all it's glory (oooh, went all Nigella there for a moment!) & it reminded me what a beautiful place I live in.
So in preparation for a lot more woodland, park & beach walking, I treated myself to a new pair of wellies the other day. I do find it odd that I get so happy about things like wellies these days....is it an age thing do you think?! Anyhoo, I usually find it insanely difficult to find wellies, or any boot for that matter, that fit correctly as I have wide calves but skinny ankles & feet. I've tried so many pairs of wide-calf wellies but the manufacturers seem to presume that everyone with wide calves also have feet the same width & they just don't stay on my feet! That is why I was pleased to come across these Joules wellies in my local Dobbies garden centre the other day. I tried them thinking they wouldn't fit my calves but they did, oh happy day!! I went up a size to a 6 so I could fit in some squidgy memory foam soles for comfort & warmth & they really are very comfortable & a great fit. And to top it off, they're just so pretty, they're crying out to be worn to many festivals!
But right now I'm off to get some lunch (rare roast beef & horseradish rolls, in case you're wondering!) & then I have a mammoth baking session planned for this afternoon. Bring on the sugar overload! Until the next time mes amis!