I have simply had enough of this horridly dull weather. Overcast skies, rain, cold, wind…with the odd sunny day to tease us. I am craving sun and warmth, I want to go for long walks without fear of having my head ripped off by the wind or the bug getting a chill.
I still go out for a walk every day but it is not enjoyable. I would like to discover my neighborhood better, enjoy the surrounding parks and my own garden.
There is hope though. It is March and this sounds way better than January or February. The first mini daffodils are blooming in my front garden. Peonies are starting to break through the ground and neighbors have plenty of snow drops and crocuses cheering the street up. And the biggest improvement so far – the days are getting longer and longer.
All the garlic and onions we planted are growing beautifully and we have to start sowing the rest of the veg as March is a big month for gardening.
Freddie is changing fast, he was 10 weeks old last Tuesday and he is so active, he ‘talks’ to his Miffy mobile, plays in baby gym for longer than ever, attempts to walk when supported under the arm pits and smiles a lot. He also stays awake for longer and doesn’t fall asleep as soon as I put him in the pram. Such a joy. I have a bit more time to myself as well with regular naps and the new skill to play on his own. He hates his belly time. We read a lot of books and sing songs and chat. We had our first big trip to Wales and he slept for most of the train journey. He also had his first immunizations – a massive drama. He is 9 cm longer and 2kg heavier, my arms are getting muscly.
For indoor entertainment I have chosen a lot of classics. I started with Mayor of Casterbridge which is one of those exciting stories like The Count of Monte Cristo, I am nearly at the end and am enjoying it tremendously. I have gone bit mad with ordering books though. The next is The Age of Innocence, then Dangerous Liaisons. The Guardian ran a list of 10 most neglected classics which inspired me to order few of them, the full list:
The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding
The Rector’s Daughter by F.M. Mayor
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien
Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells
The Victorian Chaise – Longue by Marghanita Laski
The Real Charlotte by Somerville and Ross
School for Love bu Olivia Manning
The Odd Women by George Gissing
The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
Have you read any of these books?
I have also ordered The ballad of the Sad Cafe after a very strong recommendation.
I also get some time to watch films, I have few period dramas: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Middlemarch, Our Mutual Friend and Far from The Madding Crowd. I am enjoying South Riding on BBC, a great adaptation by Andrew Davies with the wonderful Anna Maxwell Martin. And my guilty pleasure – Masterchef HOWEVER I hated the two first x factor style episodes. And why is Greg the mean guy now?
If you are interested in fashion check out this great documentary about Alexander McQueen and Izzy Blow. There is also The Model Agency which I am about to watch.
Speaking of fashion I am waiting for my new spring shoe boots to arrive any moment now (yes, I am getting both colors). I am thinking black tights and shorts with these, or a good short skirt. Unfortunately I cannot wear dresses at the moment. A leather jacket and aviators will complete the look.
Fingers crossed next week the spring is here!