A big bunch of bright sunshine yellow flowers to cheer up the living room was my first step in the right direction.
My happy orange casserole dish, filled with a heart warming stew was bubbling away on the stove top, while I got to rolling out cookie dough with my funky new rolling pin.
Little T happily rearranged my (crazy) collection of cookie cutters, chattering away while I danced around the kitchen, putting tray after tray of delicate Almond Shortbreads into the hot oven.
The final steps to inviting Spring into our home today was to take out a bottle of lovingly made lemon curd, dollop a big spoonful on one of the cooled cookies, top with a sliced strawberry and enjoy!
Once I was satisfied with the morning's work and feeling very sunny indeed, I could focus my attention on more important things. Last week the lovely Jennifer of the blog Thistlebear nominated me for a Liebster Award. Now, this probably isn't the same as getting a nomination for the Oscars or anything. There is no judging panel choosing a winner and no little golden statues being handed out. However, it is still a lovely feeling knowing that someone out there is reading my ramblings and enjoying it enough to want to share it with other people :)
No one seems to really know where the Liebster Awards originated and there is no website claiming ownership of it either, but really it's just a great way for bloggers from all over the world to connect to each other and to discover new blogs. There is a list of rules for accepting your nomination, but these seem to change all the time so I am not going to worry about the rules too much. I will however answer the 11 questions that Jennifer had set for me, so here goes:
1. What was the first music concert you ever attended?
This might surprise you, but it was a Metallica concert at Wembly. It was crazy and amazing and maybe even a little bit scary, but I loved it!
2. Would you rather be hot or cold?
Definitely hot, no contest!
3. What is your favourite soft drink?
I don't really drink sodas and soft drinks, I prefer fruit juice, but if I can get my hands on it, I absolutely love Sparletta Cream Soda
4. Can you whistle/ roll your tongue/ wiggle your ears?
I love to whistle and do so often, but have none of the other wonderful talents
5. What is your favourite book?
You may as well ask how long is a piece of string. I love to read and have read way too many books that I have loved to ever choose just one. Currently I am reading and really enjoying the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larson.
6. Coffee or Tea?
I can't start the day without a huge mug of coffee, but then I will only drink Red Bush tea for the rest of the day.
7. Have you ever had a brand new car?
8. Do you know how to dance?
I can certainly shake my booty on the dance floor, but I would love to learn how to dance proper Ball Room.
9. Do you collect anything?
I love pottery and have an ever growing collection of colourful bowls, jugs, plates and cake-stands.
10. How many pillows do you sleep with?
I have to have two pillows and they have to be very plump.
11. What is your favourite pair of shoes?
At the moment, I practically live in my Croc boots, but for special occasions I have a spectacular pair of bright red, patent leather stiletto heals.
Now, according to the rules, I have to nominate 11 new blogs who have less than 300 followers each and make up 11 new questions for them to answer. To be honest though, I don't read that many blogs and the ones that I do read either have too many followers or have already been nominated for the award. This leaves me with only one option, to point you to the list of blogs that I like to read at the top left of this page and to ask that you have a look at some of the ones that you haven't read before.
I think that is enough from me for today, I will leave you in peace now to go and read other people's blogs and stories :)