Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Winter has arrived!

After what has been a very mild end to 2014, the weather has turned decidedly wintery up here on west coast of Scotland and we've had out first snow fall of the winter.

This was the view out of our window yesterday morning when I opened the curtains.

Ok, I know it doesn't look like much but we don't get very much snow at all here on Isle of Bute as we are right at the end of the Gulf stream. What we do get a lot of is high winds, especially south westerlies and that's when the ferries go off.

So over the past few days we've had strong winds, hailstorms, rains and snow. Such a difference to Christmas day when it was lovely and sunny and we sat on the bench down on the shore for an hour.

So for now we wrap up warm and keep the wind up torch close to hand incase the power goes off.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Doing something just for you!

At this time of year, people all over the world are making New Year resolutions, many of which will never be kept beyond the first week in January.

Things like eating healthy or cutting down on the alcohol or getting more exercise are always high on the list of promises we make to ourselves as the clock ticks closer to midnight on 31st December every year.

Why is it that we choose this time of year to decide to make changes?
Why not the middle of April or the last day of September?

When was the last time you decided to do something for you? Something that wasn't planned, just done on the spur of the moment.
Something that bought joy to you; lifted your spirits; made you feel happy?

Most of us live such hum drum lives that we often forget about the little things that can make us smile.

The smell of freshly baked bread; a few flowers picked from the garden; listening to the birds singing; watching the stars in the night sky.

When was the last time you did something that made you smile?
Make time in your life on a regular basis for something that brings you joy and happiness.