I have had a busy time of it since the New Year. I have been getting my website finalised and just as I thought I was there I decided to opt for a few upgrades so that means another slight delay. I'm not too worried though as I want things to be right before launching my self out there and as this is a long-term project I am happy to take my time.
My website developer had emailed me about marketing and was offering their services at, what I thought was, a huge cost. I was not sure about this cost and wanted to find out what other website owners did for marketing. So I sent an email to a few lovely ladies who have their own websites to ask their advice about marketing. I was touched and truly amazed at the response I received. Within a few hours each one had sent a long, detailed email giving me invaluable advice. These women all have busy lives with their own business and some with children as well so I thank Gena, Kelly, Cherry and Niki so much for their time and advice. You are amazing women.
Lately the weather has been very wet and windy, encouraging lots of stay-at-home activities, lovely log fires, home made soups and copious amounts of tea. The children have to be coaxed out of their pyjamas, Alfie in articular would stay in them all day if he could. They have been making great camps under our dining table with the help of a few blankets and the torch. They make camp fires and cook their plastic food which they have 'poached' from the local woods (inspired by Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl!) They love to play make-believe all day long. It's lovely to watch and I remember being lost in that world of play myself when my sister and I would play for hours oblivious of the time until my mum sent out a search party to fetch us back for our tea.
Yesterday was a very different day. The sun was out, the air had that beautiful unmistakable smell of spring. It was fresh and new. There are signs of spring everywhere. Our daffodils are growing at an alarming rate, the camelia is in bud and the winter jasmine is still out as well as the heavily scented white jasmine. The waft of this plant comes in through the kitchen door in late spring reminding me of when my little Jasmine was born, nearly 17 years ago, and Paul bought my mum and I a big jasmine plant each. Our flat smelled of new born baby and jasmine.
Even Fifi is thinking of venturing out. She can see a patch of sunlight in the distance but then again her bed is soooo warm!
The weather encourages gardening activities and country walks once again.
The house is one colour at last, we painted it cream instead of white and it now looks fresh again. The scaffolding is still up for a bit of roof work though. That's the next job and with a roof the size of ours it's going to be a long one!
And last but not least a HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to my mum GOW who had a birthday on Wednesday. I couldn't put an announcement up on Tuesday as Blogger was having an off-day! We had a great day together in Exeter, shopping (of course) and a gorgeous meal in a vegetarian restaurant overlooking the cathedral.