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Winter on the hill

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

It’s freezing cold and very snowy here at the moment – and grey, really really grey – foggy and white. I’m very happy to only go out when I absolutely have to. If the sun would shine it would probably be stunning, but there seems to be no sign of that at the moment. It isn’t always chocolate box picture perfect in Switzerland!!

Being at home is lovely. I’ve been catching up with friends, getting work in the house taken care of, sewing, being a good little Swiss housewife. It’s nice. Nice not to have to get up in the middle of the night and go out in the dark in sub-zero temperatures to get to work. Best of all, nice not to feel exhausted all the time.

I’m still looking for work, but there isn’t a lot that sets me on fire. I really only want to work 80% and those jobs are few and far between – especially for a lady of my advancing years. I’ve had a couple of interviews though, so that’s at least positive – although I was way overqualified and the jobs weren’t what I am looking for, but still, nice to be asked….

Gradually I’m clearing out cupboards and getting rid of things we don’t need and I’m using things up. I try to do this every year, but usually run out of steam, but this year I’m reading the books I have, watching the DVDs, using up my fabric and wool stash and eating out of the freezer. Just lightening the load. Little steps, but making a difference. I have an overwhelming need to downsize, minimalize, make life lighter and simpler. It feels good.

I’m also losing weight with the easiest diet ever – but more of that another day!

Todays finish – something I’ve wanted to make for ages:


An Esme tunic from Lotta Jansdottir’s book ‘Everyday Style‘ – using Lotta fabric. It looks massively better on me than the dummy  and I think I will make more of these. It has that cool Scandinavian vibe and covers a multitude of sins!

Hope you are having a lovely Saturday!


4 Responses to “Winter on the hill”

  1. CarlaHR Says:

    Hello Helen from a dreary and foggy Quebec (at least where I am – it is a big province), we haven’t had a lot of snow yet this year and the temperatures the past week have been above average, lovely for people like me who walk but not so nice for the skiers.
    Glad to see that you have recovered from your “bug” and are enjoying your leisure time.
    Looking forward to your “diet” post.

  2. Julie B. Says:

    It’s foggy here in Minnesota too. Every once in a while some drips fall from the sky. My mom used to say, “It’s spitting out.” 🙂

    I love the tunic you made. And it’s lovely to read all you’re getting done at home, and how you’re enjoying it.

    I hope you share about your eating plan soon. I’ve been on one and have lost some weight, but I’d love to know what you’re doing.

    Hugs from afar, dear Helen… xxoxo

  3. Diane stanley Says:

    I really like this tunic. I have the book but her paper pattern is scary. Everything overlaps each other. It’s on my list to do soon.

  4. Paige Says:

    Helen, I LOVE the tunic–you should look at the Farrow dress by grainline studios as another great looking Scandinavian-vibe dress/tunic. Great to see you’re back!