Whoa there, December…

The month that nearly got away – just one hour left for a blog post.

If there can be such a thing as a ‘whirl of indecision’, then that characterised December round here. And no doubt all over the country too – travel plans made and scrubbed, food ordered and frozen, turkeys NOT bought till the very last minute, then mysteriously out of stock….overloaded at work, then suddenly ordered home by the phone app. on the very day my daughter and her little people came out of isolation….

But of course I understand why – and I do appreciate how thoughtfully protected I have been at work (teaching in a secondary school) and how lucky we are to have escaped the virus so far.

There were some peaceful moments too – and even a rather productive space in the unique time frame now apparently known as ‘Twixtmas’.

The pictures above were taken on Christmas Eve.

Happy New Year from SpinningStreak.



Joining in this for the first time!


Walking over the misty Sussex Downs. Thinking Ravilious.


Reading: three sorts of scary.


But also dipping into these.


Making: wonky bread, marmalade, quince jelly and chutney.

Version 2

And making fires – LOTS of them.


Sorting china – plenty more where that came from…(the roof!)


Watching and waiting – think the narcissi are winning!


Listing: in the Etsy shop – cosy stuff! Cushions, cowls leg warmers…

AND plenty of time spent BlogLoving: this month I have particularly enjoyed:





Snow fire!

IMG_2902This might have been my best birthday present ever. A kitchen fire, contemporary with the house, to be lit whenever it snows. We light the drawing room fire every day in Winter, but this one is a special ritual – it is, in fact, too hot for comfort with the oven on… Note my little granddaughter’s ‘ducks’ currently centre stage! And overhead we have this splendid creation from daughter number 2:

IMG_2893Shame my photo isn’t quite so splendid – sorry, but I am improving!