Monday, 6 December 2010

And All Shall Be Well

Where have I been? It has been over a month since I last wrote a post on poor, neglected Bloomsbury Bell. I have been having a small dose of respite from all sorts of things and now I am ready to emerge from my shell and crack it from me as I stretch my limbs forward through their slow creak of waking.

Winter Blues is a funny term I always think - the winter has never been blue exactly. It is sparkling, glittering even and the winter sun is gold and pink as it dips down past the Equator and slips out of sight. I enjoyed reading this article about the wonder of winter. Winter is indeed a wonderland at the moment - through the window I can see a white world as a permanent frost seems to have set in.

In two weeks time the world will turn again for me as I'm moving to a cottage just outside Oxford. The trees pictured above will be my neighbours. It is a fairly big adventure for two citydwellers but it is exciting as I have never lived anywhere so rural before. I have had to order my first pair of adult sized wellies (having long ago outgrown my pink pair) and we have even bought a torch to light our way back from the local pub!

I packed my books last night (leaving out a few to keep me going) and really wished that I had stuck to my resolve to only borrow from the library. My arm muscles are wincing in anticipation.


  1. So good to see you back BB - I've missed you! Your life is full of exciting and good things at the moment and I look forward to hearing more about the imminent move to your lovely cottage - what a view!

    I'm loving this winter wonderland,the snow however has been replaced by a shroud of fog, so no glittering sun for me at the moment.
    Hope the move goes well.


  2. Welcome back! Your trees are stunning and look like that would be very happy to host a little seating for reading should you choose. Good luck with your move (especially the weighty books). Can't wait to see the new cottage.

  3. Good luck! Those are very beautiful trees, as long as you have a flashlight to save yourself from crashing into them (which is what I would inevitably do). :p

  4. Hello, stranger :)

    It's going to be wonderful!

  5. Good luck with the move. We have just gone in the opposite direction, from quiet rural to uber-urban dwelling (Cotswolds to Manchester), it is scary but each environment has something to offer. Hope you enjoy the countryside.
    best wishes

  6. Welcome back and good luck with the move, your future surroundings sound idyllic!

  7. We can't wait to read about your new adventures X

  8. You lucky thing, you!

    All the best with your new home and life in the country, Naomi!

  9. Lovely to 'see' you! And how very exciting this all sounds - can't wait to hear all about it. Adventure!
    PS I love the article - great Woolf quote...

  10. Lovely photo! I hope the move goes well.

  11. I am not much better in checking in, so I missed not all in-between!
    Or did I? You are moving, oh, this must be exciting, I visited Oxford a few short years ago, so utterly charming the country side and the town of course. My son went to Pengbourne College for two years and graduated there! Not far from Oxford!
    I wish you good speed for the move and a very merry Christmas!
    Have you read Kate Morton's Distant Hours? You would love it! Will fit right in....
    I posted only two days again my blog in the House and Living section!
    Have a loo if you can spare the time!
    Oh, I realize your moving day should be .... tomorrow?

  12. OH, my goodness, this was not intended: Have a look! not a loo!
    I am still laughing about this typo!