Hello friends, how are you all? Are you suffering Corona Blues just a little like me? Maybe, like me, you find it hard to motivate yourself on some days as every day seems to melt into the next and it’s easy to forget what day of the week it even is.
I find that keeping some sort of routine going helps. Getting up the same time each day as before, wearing a special outfit just for yourself and treating yourself to a bunch of spring flowers next time you are out shopping. Cooking your favourite food, or going for an extra scenic walk can do wonders for the soul and luckily here in North Wales the weather has been very kind to us in recent weeks.
Many of us are used to a set routine running through our weekdays, longing for the weekend when we can spend time with family or friends, going to restaurants or the cinema. All that has changed and we all have to find different, often smaller things to bring us joy.
I am still flitting between knitting projects and haven’t finished any of my ongoing projects. One sock and another started, lockdown blanket needs another 20-30cm and my Easy Livin’ jumper is waiting for sleeves.
Being surrounded by countryside definitely helps to blow the Corona cobwebs away and whenever I feel it’s all becoming too overwhelming to cope with, I put on my walking shoes and head outside to clear my head.
I am however already dreaming up plenty of new cast on’s, trying very hard not to get too distracted. I have set myself the goal of finishing one project before starting a new one.
Last Friday was a very special day for ‘my man’ and myself, as on this day (6 June) 30 years ago we met when he was stationed in Germany with the British Armed Forces. As I had been away on business the weekend before, I hadn’t planned anything special and thought we could just have a lovely meal and some bubbly to celebrate.
But to my great surprise ‘my man’ had organised an overnight stay in a very special place, and on Friday morning he whisked me off to Portmeirion.
Portmeirion was build by architect Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. He bought the site in 1925 and spent over 50 years developing it into the stunning place it is today.
The village is situated on its own private peninsula overlooking Traeth Beach estuary, and is surrounded by 70 acres of subtropical forest gardens. This is a magical environment of lakes, temples and gazebos, with paths that wind themselves past Italian style cottages, a pantheon, watchtower and much more, down to the rocky shoreline.
There stands the beautiful Portmeirion Hotel where we spent a wonderful evening munching our way through the most delicious dinner, drinking Champagne whilst looking out to sea.
Clough Williams-Ellis was a man with great vision. Portmeirion gave him much pleasure during his life and is today giving much pleasure to it’s many visitors. His motto was “Cherish the Past, Adorn the Present, Construct for the Future”, a motto witch sits well with this beautiful, somewhat mystical place, where you feel you have stepped back in time and leave feeling tranquil and refreshed.
It has taken a long time here in North Wales to send Winter on it’s way, waving good bye to rain, wind and more rain, but we have finally said Hello to Spring. Over the last few days everything has suddenly sprung back to life, and has put a happy skip into our steps.
Waking up to this view on a sunny day can’t be beaten, and driving towards my pretty town bathing in early morning sunshine makes me appreciate what a beautiful place I live in.
Spring’s arrival is perfectly timed for the start of the holidays…
…holidays filled with long lazy mornings and putting our feet up doing not very much…
…re-charging our batteries pondering over new creative ideas…
…and taking Max for lovely walks in meadows full of flowers (broken toe permitting).
I hope the sun is shining where you are. Have a lovely week everyone!