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The winter photos are up!! 

As many of you know I have space on my living room wall for four seasonal canvas prints which sit together like a window to the outside world. And every season, when I’m ready, I swap out the last season for the current one, and acknowledge the change and everything that comes with it. 

I’ve been late changing them before, but this one may take the cake, as we are getting close to the end of January! But there’s still snow and ice and frost outside, and my Christmas tree is still up dammit, so it was time today. 

Lots of small victories encapsulated in this. I got under the bed to pull out the winter photos, and carried them downstairs, and took down the autumn ones and replaced them with these… all of those things take a lot of movement and steps and care, AND PLUS I took a lovely bath and then shower this morning which in previous weeks would have wiped me out for half a day or longer. But today it’s only 11am and I’ve already achieved all of these things 🙂 

Happy winter, everyone. I’m glad spring and growth and light and colours are coming, but for now I’m still going to enjoy the frost and patterns and snow feathers and narnia lampposts and pale sunset colours and cold fresh air. 

#seasons #brokenankle #winterishere #snowfeathers #iceandsnow #justkeepgoing #igotthis #canvasprints
Overjoyed to wake up to a beautiful fall of light snow this morning. I was literally saying to a friend at the weekend “I wish it would snow- even just a little bit - because it’s so beautiful.” 

One of my favourite things to do whilst out on walks is take pictures of the beauty - the wide open spaces as well as close up detail. That’s not something I’ve gotten to do lately. I’m either in the house, or my short walks in my estate are spent focused primarily on the ground so I don’t fall. And that doesn’t  include pulling out a phone whilst walking! 

So this morning I woke up to all this freshly fallen magic, and I went out on the back deck to enjoy it, look at it up close, marvel at it. The snow was so light - like feathers - and it melted in moments on my warm hand (but stayed solid on the cold leaves and ground). It sparkled like diamonds in the light of the rising sun. And brought me a little monday joy. 

Small joys are small victories too! 

#theresbeautyeverywhere #justkeepgoing #snow #snowflakes #january #happymonday #getoutside #goodmorning #healing
Ankle update. 

Still got the boot on. Ankle is definitely healing…which honestly feels like magic. Bones literally stitching themselves back together while I slooooowly hobble around and live life the best I can. 

It’s borrowing a lot of energy from the rest of my body to do it, so I’ve spent the last five weeks totting up victories. (There are no small victories.) 

Things like being able to walk up the stairs instead of crawl. (That took ten days.) 

The first time I walked up and down stairs without crutches. 

The day I realised I hadn’t reached for my crutches all day and could get around with only the boot. 

The afternoon I walked around my back garden. 

The evening I walked down to the end of my street and back. 

And this morning, when I managed the same walk in the morning (which is a big deal because mornings are when my energy is lowest and it takes the longest to get going). AND tidied the kitchen and swept the living room and did a load of laundry. 

The small victories give me hope for the big ones - for the day I’ll walk without the boot, and be able to drive, and go to mull again, and hike again. 

I’ve got a big goal of hiking Ben More on Mull one day which is a Munro - right now I don’t care if I manage it this year or next year, but it reminds me big things are possible in the future even if right now walking down the street in a protective boot winds me a bit. 

One step at a time. Literally.

Happy Saturday! 

#brokenankle #healing #saturdayvibes #justkeepgoing #igotthis #sunshine #goals
New Year’s Day breakfast. Celebrating the small things, like making good food and friends who visit and care. ❤️✨

#happynewyear #brokenankle #justkeepgoing #onedayatatime #gratitudes