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Thursday 21 January 2016
Dust If You Must ...
The weather of late has been rather chilly ... well perhaps freezing may be a better description with some parts of the UK having had temperatures as low as -14C. Andrew McCaren took this photo, and it shows the snow-covered hills reflected in the mirror-like surface of Ullswater Lake in Cumbria.
In my part of the UK it was -3C and we finally enjoyed some blue skies and sunshine. I don't know about you, but there is something good about cooler temperatures with blue sky and sunshine! It really does make you want to get your walking shoes on, not forgetting your thicker winter coat, over a layer of jumpers ... and head out and enjoy a brisk walk! I kept my eyes open to see if I could see one of these birds ... but alas I didn't!
but I did see some of these, which in January is quite ridiculous
... getting back indoors the kettle went on and it was nice to sit down in the warm, enjoy a cuppa ... and also the aroma of a casserole cooking. Aren't casseroles just great at this time of year - well this one certainly is!
Pork Casserole with Sunshine Peppers, do try it, you can see the recipe here
All in all a great afternoon, and yes I could have spent time dusting, ironing or vacuuming, but as this rather sweet poem details, getting out and about is so worthwhile ...
‘Dust if you Must’ written by Mrs Rose Milligan from Lancaster. I have seen it around several of the blogs I visit, and it really struck a chord. I have tried to find out a little more about it, and it appears it was first published on September 15th 1998 in the 21st edition of 'The Lady' magazine which is generally respected as England's longest running weekly magazine for women, it has been in continuous publication since 1885... that's a long time!
So 'Dust if you Must' - but a walk in the winter sun can be so enjoyable. Have you enjoyed a walk recently?