So we got an extra hour of sleep this morning, but the pay off is the darker evenings. At this time of the year, I need to remind myself of the positives winter brings with it! The log fires are back on, and cadburys does well with the increase sales of drinking chocolate. All those movies I was too busy to watch during the summer, well it’s time for a catch up! Food changes from the cold salads to warming soups, and the feeding at the bird tables brings the opportunity to sit and eat breakfast whilst watching robins, jays, wrens, and thrushes, eat the bread.
In Rostrevor I love the clear early mornings that Winter often brings. Down at sea level it may seem a dull day, but a cycle up Slieve Martin is like heading up in a plane – the sun is shining, and that cloud that seemed so dull only half an hour ago is now as pretty as fluffy cotton wool lining the lower mountain range. If you have the energy, a spin out over the back of Ballyedmond is a must on a clear day, if only for the views (and of course Fern Gully!)
For now though, it’s time to light the fire and relax with a cup of hot chocolate – need to store up some energy for the mountain biking!
Top photo courtesy of Not the Sunday Run www.notthesundayrun.com View from above Cloc Mor
Second photo courtesy of Honcho Designs