Life lately: January 2016

Geez – one month down, eleven more until Christmas (sorry, couldn’t help myself). January is done and dusted and I already feel like I need a holiday. Tell me I’m not the only one? Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to this month…

Watching

  • Deutschland 83: loving this new series on Channel 4. It’s a tense spy drama set in 1983 about an East German soldier who goes undercover in the West Germany.
  • Everest: a film about the survival attempts of two expedition groups on Everest. It’s based on a true story so I did a bit of Googling whilst watching it and discovered there are 200 frozen bodies on the mountain! Bit of a grim thought and not exactly comforting for those attempting to reach the summit.
  • About Schmidt
  • The birds for the RSPB’s Big Garden Watch. Runs from 30th – 31st January so there’s still time if you want to take part.

Reading

Christmas bought lots of good books my way. First on the reading list was A Year of Living Danishly. I’m a bit of a culture vulture when it comes to anything Nordic; I couldn’t put this book down! Poor Scott has had to put up with my spouting lengthy facts about Denmark every day. He bought me Ernest Journal number 3 for my birthday; a beautiful piece of print work packed with stunning photos. I don’t think I’ll be reading it on the bus, it’s too nice to shove in a bag with my lunch.

Eating

Knekkebrod stack

Homemade knekkebrød

Lots of homemade knekkebrød (Norwegian crisp breads). I’ve tried a few recipes but this one by Arctic Grub is my favourite. I’m addicted! They are nice for breakfast with mashed banana and a drizzle of honey on top.

Almond cookies with jam

Italian almond cookies

On Sundays I’ve been making a big batch of Italian almond cookies with jam to eat as our sweet treats throughout the week. They are dairy free, gluten free and made from a handful of ingredients. In my mind, if there’s no butter you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating them.

Making

I’ve had a good run on knitting projects over the last month. Purl Soho’s Seafaring Scarf was my Christmas project and this week I cast off a Goats of Inversnaid hat and gauntlet set. I’m so pleased with them! Once I’ve taken photos I’ll write a separate post with all the pattern and wool information.

Knitting on needles

Goats of Inversnaid gauntlet in progress

Feeling

Not my age; I turned 31 a couple of weeks ago! The photo below is me on my birthday. I don’t like posting pictures of myself that much but in my old age I thought I might look back on this seemingly sporty photo and reminisce about my youth. If I’ve gone crackers by then I might even remember this as the day we cycled to France!

Me on bike

Me – 31st birthday!

We hadn’t been out on our bikes for a while so this ride was a hard slog (cursid Surrey hills!) but really good fun. And there was a lovely pub lunch waiting for us at the other end 🙂

Enjoying

Getting hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-guh’). Hygge is all about cosiness and contentment over the Winter months. For us it means blankets, candles (essential), good food, films and our hobbies. I love this time of year. I like being outdoors in the cold and you can’t beat stepping into a warm house at the end of the day. Also, knitwear.

How has everyone else’s January been?

3 Comments

  1. The crisp breads look delicious,bayou are very clever. The birthday bike ride looked very muddy and thank you for the pronounceation of Hygge it is like the Quinoa scenario and I was doing it all wrong again ??

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