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Monday, 5 January 2015

Longing for summer already

water lily, pond, summerThere is something about this time of year that's all a bit meh. The house is bare after being stripped of its festive decorations and everything looks a little jaded and in need of a revamp.

So I'm planning on putting the next couple of months to good use: clearing the clutter, working on new projects in the house and sifting through my wardrobe to make room for clothing that can be worn to keep cool when it's warmer outside.

I long to emerge from hibernation and nights curled up in front of the TV wearing pyjamas and toasty socks - to eagerly anticipate warmer evenings sipping Pimms outside the local pub. In the meantime I'll plan days out and plot a makeover for the garden to turn it from drab into blooming. I've tolerated winter until New Year and feel that it's outstayed its welcome as I've recovered from partying a little too hard and long to spend time outdoors.

If it's wrong to fantasise about booking a vacation, balmy days ahead and being able to leave the house without multiple layers of clothing - then I don't want to be right.

The days are longer already as winter solstice has been and gone, but with endless cold days of January, followed by lacklustre February and March which can be cruel, I'll write work plans for the coming year and stay focused in the hope that the temperature outdoors will have climbed significantly by the time I have mastered all of the above.

The house will unfurl from winter to reveal a more hospitable living space that's a little bit more gorgeous when it's warm outside.

In the meantime, I'll keep the heating on and listen to my summer playlist from 2014, featuring gorgeous tracks like this...

If I close my eyes, I can almost remember how it felt to be warm...

Is anyone else fantasising about summer too?

Until next time...

Copyright©2015 Izzie Anderton


  1. How wonderful to have plans to get you through the meh months. I much prefer the summer months. Happy New Year!

  2. Is now a bad time to mention that it was 80 degrees here today? I am with you. I am trying to look at the house as clean and tidy rather than bare and meh, but it is kind of sad. Good tips for using this time of year to get it together!

  3. I think January is a barren month, but sort of welcome after the stimulation of the holidays. I like your plans for getting through the winter. Decluttering is my favorite after the holidays activity! :)

  4. I don't know about fantasising over summer but I'm definitely going to declutter/spruce things up over the next month or so. Our house is a total tip, I think we need a skip to get it emptied out! Here's to warm, balmy evenings :)

  5. January is not the best month, but I must admit I do like every season. Good to get everything ready for summer and look forward to it. #PoCoLo

  6. I agree - I so would like to go off somewhere very, very, warm for holiday where I can relax outside at night, scuba dive every morning and then read on the beach every afternoon. Argh I blame you - I'm sitting here now fantasizing while listening to your suggested song.

  7. Oooo, I love that song - I listen to it a lot. And I am so totally with you on this. Funnily enough I have planned to do similar with my wardrobe! Roll on the summer! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  8. I am from a tropical country so summer is where I am mostly at ease amongs the seasons here. And like you I cant wait till its summer again =) #pocolo

  9. It sounds like you have some great plans to get you through the colder months....
    I hate this time of year....It's just so depressing x

  10. Oh man that is such a summery tune isn't it! I too long for summer but there is something to be said for snuggling up on winters nights in front of the fire too :-) xx

  11. I am so with you Izzie! I'm really not a winter person and if it wasn't my birthday in Jan it would definitely be my worst month. I'm SO on the decluttering proj - it's very therapeutic! #pocolo

  12. Lovely post hun. We've actually just booked our Summer holiday. Going back to Portugal, same villa and the same dates. We loved it so much last year and as you can guess, Lucas is somewhat excited!!!!! #pocolo


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