Sunday, 20 November 2016

Keeping things 'normal'


Not much knitting this week, I've been in a bit of a craft slump again I'm afraid. Flo keeps looking pointedly at the wrappy poncho that I've started. I think if it stays in the knitting bag on the sofa much longer, I'll find her curled up on top of it, claiming squatter's rights. 

It was freezing cold here yesterday morning. I was volunteering at our local parkrun. I really like doing it, and find it comforting to be involved in something that Mr JK was so passionate about. It makes me feel closer to him in a funny sort of way. He really hoped that one day I'd actually run in one rather than volunteer. Who knows?! Never say never! Although it was cold, it was a beautiful morning to be out and about. 









Afterwards I went into Norwich to meet a friend for lunch. There was a Scandinavian market outside the Forum and I bought a beautiful glass angel tealight holder. It's meant to be a Christmas decoration but I think she looks very much at home on the mantelpiece and wants to live there all year round.




This weekend was 'Stir up Sunday', when Christmas puddings and cakes were traditionally made. Mr JK was a huge fan of Christmas and we always made our own puddings, so I decided to keep that tradition going. On went the Christmas music and I followed Delia's recipe. There were tears when it came to the stirring - we always held the spoon together and stirred and made a wish - but I did it and now I have eight delicious puddings to share with friends and eat over the festive season and beyond. 




Flo wanted to keep up with the action when it came to getting them ready for steaming this morning!




And it was with some sadness that I ate the final pudding that Mr JK and I made together last year. It did taste good but ...




I shall say goodnight to you now - Flo is craving a bit of lap time before bed. I'll dig out my sock to knit on too and see if I can finish it off to show you next week. xxx

9 comments:

Cindy said...

Good to hear from you and to see that you are putting one foot in front of another to return to a new normal. Thank you for the lovely pictures- it is so beautiful where you live! I am thinking of you and sending healing thoughts to you.

Jenny said...

Dear JK you are in my thoughts such a lot and its cheering to hear your news. Keep on at your own pace.

TT in MD said...

Such beautiful pictures! I love the frost coated leaves. The angel is gorgeous! Your traditions sound so nice; I'm glad you are keeping them up. I think of you often. And hello to Flo

Stefanie Ng said...

This was a sweet post. You are doing the best you can. Just feel; it's your prerogative and your own journey. The angel tea candle holder is cute and sweet. The pudding looks interesting!

VeggieMummy said...

Such lovely traditions; it's good that you're keeping up with them. I hope that Flo made a wish too! xx

Unknown said...

so happy to see you blogging, my dear Helen - the photos are so lovely, especially those frosted leaves - they look like candy.
you've been in my thoughts and prayers - both you and Mr. JK and Flo as well.
sending you love and hugs,
nananancy

Lynne said...

You have such a positive attitude, you really are an inspiration!! I love the little glass angel, she's gorgeous; and also Flo "supervising" in the kitchen. Every site needs a foreman, as my grandad used to say!

Cynthia said...

Thinking of you Helen in this season...so glad that you are doing some of your traditional things but know that it must be so bittersweeet. The puddings look amazing. Hang in there.

dizzyspinner said...

You are doing so well! Just take each day and moment as it comes.....xxx