It was another brief weekend at the cottages. A perfect pair of spring days with a sudden warmth that had me stripping off my layers in disbelief. Arriving late morning, we unpacked and ate a hasty make-do sort of lunch before heading out and up to walk the forest tracks to the ridge of hills that give us a favourite view over the area. The snow layer has been slow to go so the ground was surprisingly muddy. Joel soon regretted his decision to mountain bike and there was not a little bartering about who would push the bike on the steep sections. Back home, in front of the fire, a few slices of intensely lemony drizzle cake with a good thick crust of sugar made the efforts worthwhile, and eased the hour or two until the grown ups reclaimed the evening.  

I woke the next morning to silence as the boys had slipped next door to have breakfast with John's mother. Cup of tea in hand and a stack of old Country Living magazines weighing down the bed covers, I listened to the birds calling happily through the window until the light forced me to get up, and get out my camera. It was a day of rainbows, scattered through the house and briefly cresting the distant trees. Football and more cycling, this time on the flat, before we had to pack up and make the journey home. The grind of unpacking made more palatable by the sheer pleasure of knowing we'd each be sleeping in our own beds with all the familiar sounds of home. 

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I love finding patterns in things—like the arcs in these photos. The tiny rainbow. Everything so full of light, so serene. Each moment captured so beautifully. And my heart swells at the thought of a lemon cake with a thick crust of sugar—and, finally, the comfort of home and sleeping in ones own bed.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
The cake was good - and a gift so I didn't even have to make it! Bliss. The cottages are very old and dark for a lot of the day so that morning light is extra precious. And the serenity of being alone also is precious because it doesn't last!
March 1, 2012 | Registered Commenterlittle house
Your mood in this post has me thinking about what it means to feel grounded. Beautiful.
March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise | Chez Danisse
Grounded. It's something I have to actively strive for. I too often feel like I'm floating above the earth and need to be pulled back down. Sometimes I go too far in the opposite direction and end up weighted. You've made me think...
March 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterlittle house
Oh, how I love reading about your life.
March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

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