For many of us the depths of winter are trying times. The long, dark days can be difficult to deal with, especially when they are accompanied by dull, wet, cold weather. Though that on its own would be tolerable - it's the lack of sunlight that is horrible. But, looking on the positive side, these gloomy times do offer the opportunity to fill our homes with light in all different forms to create cosy, welcoming places to sit out the winter.
It's a time of year when I love nothing more than to fill the house with candles and wrap up in blankets until Spring arrives. Safe in the knowledge that each day is a little bit longer and that hopeful, warmer days are not far off.