In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I would leave home in the morning when it was dark and return in the dark of night. These are the months when winter feels like tunnel-dwelling. January’s grey days come as a reprieve, but are hardly more than a consolation prize when you’re desperate for sunshine. So when the sun made a bold appearance yesterday (and more rarely, sustained itself throughout the day!) I made pancakes, overthrew my to-do list, and headed straight outdoors. Kieran had a Wildlife Tracking Club meet—my boy adores being in the wild—so while he was away, I set out into the woods close to home. The water was running in the creek, the sun shooting flares as it contacted patches of ice. Discovering Christmas decorations that someone had hung on bare branches was one of the best surprises.
I think I’ve worked out how to keep my hands from freezing whilst snapping photos. My hands get super cold in winter at the best of times. I wear mittens instead of gloves because I find being able to scrunch up my fingers inside (thumbs included) helps to keep them warm. But that means I have to remove my mittens to use the camera. I’ve never found a pair of gloves that keep me warm enough, including the fingerless ones. But after another day of searing cold hands (my thumbs hurt and get crazy numb) I’m thinking that wearing a pair of thin, dollar store gloves under mittens would mean that when I have to take the mittens off, my hands would still be covered. Any other tips or brilliant suggestions are welcome, friends!
I hope Monday is taking it easy on you! We have more sunshine. I won’t even dare to say we’re on a roll…