Last week I managed to squeeze some card making in between the feeding and settling. It felt good to get my hands into some paper and ink. I'd been thinking I'd like to make something small for all the women in my birth blessing circle, something seasonal. Inspiration came from the ginkgo tree down in our local botanical gardens which is just beginning to turn a beautiful shade of buttery, gold. The weather has snapped cold and we even had rain last night. It feels so special when it finally does rain these days, I think the last time it fell was the day Niamh was born. I remember hearing it on the awning outside our bedroom window as I laboured. We've been putting on extra, warm layers indoors these days, as we freeze, waiting for our new heating to be installed. The girls were waiting on the back doorstep this morning, hungry and bedraggled from the weather and a friend dropped by unexpectedly for cups of tea and baby cuddles. We drove around the countyrside to settle the babe, so my hands could be free for a little while, but she was wide eyed the whole way. She is asleep in my arms as I type one handed. Thinking about dinner, seeing blue sky out the window, waiting for my big girl to come home from gym.