Ah yes... winter! It has slowly become my favourite season. As long as we have a fire burning in the slow combustion stove, I'm in heaven.
Occasionally Hubby gets behind with the wood and this is not a happy home at those times. Let's not dwell on that! He's played catchup and the wood fire is burning brightly. It's the main reason I love winter so much. The fire lends itself to stocks, porridge, kettles and warming soups. There are also no bushfires to beware, no snakes where children play and a cosy environment in the house. I'll let you have a little laugh at my best effort at photography in the dark. I was trying really hard! Honest!
The cold weather makes it easy to work outside. Yesterday I shovelled compost onto the garden without breaking a sweat! How wonderful to work hard and then come inside to the warmth, the smell of stock simmering on the fire (chicken stock of course), and potter in the kitchen. I've even picked up some knitting recently. It just feels right at this time of year. In spring, summer and autumn, I feel lazy and guilty if I stop and knit. Life is just too busy in those seasons.
I've been lucky enough to get a break from the children too. My parents have had them to stay for two days. I find rest is really important to me now that my children and I are always together. As much as I love them, the constant responsibility and the neverending talking make me tired. Feeling rested restores my energy.
The only downside of our current winter is the lack of rain. If we don't get a reasonable amount in the next couple of days, I will need to order water. With all the animals requiring water, as well as my family, it's hard to keep up. We still have a shed waiting to be built on that mental list of jobs I carry wherever I go. It will provide greater water catchment as well as a good workplace. We also need to attend to a leak in our spare tank before we can catch more water.