There isn't much that beats a beautifully sunny winter's day. One of those days where you wake up to find the window ledges sparkling from sunlight catching frost. The misshapen and worn-at-the-elbows fleece gets pulled out of the garage and stiff walking boots popped in the boot. You can't stay inside on a day like this. Not a chance!
We haven't had much cold weather of late, at least not since that cold snap in November time when we all thought the dreaded 'coldest winter since records began' had started. The leaves haven't even fully left the trees! I heard that someone had spotted blossom lining the streets, so it seems like everyone and everything is a little confused about the weather this time of year.
The Felbrigg Estate is a National Trust property located in North Norfolk and it's one of my favourite places in the world. The house itself is a treat, although we didn't go inside this time. A gentle walk around the fields and woods was perfect for this time of year. Just look at that picture up top! Post and rail fences with little gates and muddy tracks. Be still my beating heart! I wouldn't have been surprised if characters from The Wind in the Willows starting hopping about in front of me.
Inside the house is a stupidly big library that makes me want to re-enact Belle's bookshop scenes from Beauty and the Beast, sliding ladder included. There's even a chamber pot room behind a secret bookshelf, so you literally never have to leave the library (dreams do come true).
Myself, Papa Snug and Muma Snug meandered around the woods behind the big house and I found myself taking a moment to look at everything; to really look at everything. The way the light dappled through the trees and turned the leaves into a kaleidoscope of autumnal colour. The way the squirrels had scavenged the biggest chestnuts from their roughly pulled open husks. The way dew weighed down a blade of grass hidden in the shade of an oak.
So often I find myself trying to get from A to B in the quickest time possible. I plug in and switch off or flick through tweets on the train without looking up and looking around. One morning recently I turned around to check the road for cars and saw the most breathtaking orange and burnt pink sunrise, that I'd been totally oblivious to before. Who cares if you take three minutes longer to get to work? That sunrise stayed with me all day and I couldn't be happier for it.
Originally when I sat down to write this post I thought it would be a quick recap of my afternoon spent at Blickling, but that's not what I took away from that day. Slowing down and rejoicing in the simple pleasures of a crisp, sunny winter's day; that's my new priority.
Have you had a recent moment that's made you peaceful on the inside? Do share in the comments.
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