Today dawned bright, calm and clear. The sunshine has boosted me out of my holiday slump and rekindled my energy levels – I’m keen to get on with a fresh, new year, to sweep away the Christmas detritus, to restore some sort of order to this house. I’m up against serious opposition, though. I suggested taking down the tree this morning to howls of horror from my family. I think they’d probably wrestle me to the ground if I tried to remove even one decoration, so it’s had a temporary reprieve. The children go back to school tomorrow…
I haven’t had a proper look round the garden for weeks, so it was lovely to potter about in the winter light for a while earlier and see what’s occurring. There are definite signs of spring flowers on the way – snowdrop and grape hyacinth leaves popping up all over the place – and even some blooms hanging on from last year. I picked two remaining marigolds (marigolds! On 2nd January!) and a few white scabious for my Monday vase, plus a sprig of flowering berberis from the bottom hedge, a leafy stem from an old climbing rose and some ivy tendrils. I’ve missed joining in with Cathy’s Monday gathering these past few weeks, so it’s good to be taking part again.
My post title is a little homage to my childhood heroine, Princess Leia/Carrie Fisher (it’s the title of the first ever Star Wars film), and a nod to the turning of the year. Wikipedia says: “Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.” I’ll hang on to that.
Happy New Year – here’s wishing you a healthy, peaceful one full of positive outcomes x