I'm kind of glad to see the back of it this year though!
One thing I always hate is that I end up going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. It's like daylight doesn't exist anymore. This is compounded by the fact my boss is highly paranoid and hates me opening the blinds because he's convinced someone will see in from the trains passing across the way and decide to steal our 14 year old computers!
At the weekend I went for a walk in the woods. For the first time in ages I didn't need a coat. I fell over several times in the mud, as did Sam, and we laughed about it (somewhat hysterically). It was the most fun we'd had in ages. Arwen loved her first woodland experience. Darcy loved running around as always. We got to see some pigs as part of a conservation project which was awesome and I had a really good day.
I've also started working in earnest on fundraising for my bird hospital. I want to move from a few cages in a room in my house to an outside hospital complete with aviary. It's going to be expensive so I'm running some handmade craft stalls at various markets and charity events. So far I have two planned, but am looking for more. We also designed some brooches which will be the equivalent of a ribbon for other charities. It's exciting, hard work but hopefully will mean I can take in many more birds.
Odin is due to leave me this weekend for Lancaster where he'll be introduced to an outdoor aviary and hopefully a flock. He's done amazingly well recovering from a sparrowhawk attack and I'm going to miss him a lot. I am not however going to miss chasing him round my living room trying to put him back in his cage.
Spring makes me feel positive. It makes me feel like there are plans to be made and obstacles to be overcome.
I've finished the first very round draft of a new book I'm writing on cyber bullying. It's now in the edit stage before the lovely Kirsty at DGA ends up with a copy (fingers firmly crossed she'll like it though). The edit stage has never been one of my favourites but I'm actually learning to love it. My friend Karen introduced me to structured plotting - something I've struggled with being a more impulsive writer - and now I'm kind of getting to grips with my editing skills thanks to Kirsty and Lois.
Writing doesn't have to be a one person thing - the more help you get the better you get. That's what I've found.
So I'm off to enjoy looking at the sunshine through the sneakily opened blinds.