farm in distance on frosty day


The last day of 2020 and I’m pressing the Pause button. Rewinding through 2020 wouldn’t take long. Mostly, the year has been a bit boring with few high points (a bit like walking through the Fens) and learning to live by an ever changing list of rules.

Fast forwarding through 2021 to plan anything would be folly when there’s every chance it won’t happen as expected. There’ll be a time when we can, but not just yet.

sleeper bridge with cultivated field behind

So, I’m pausing and enjoying the last day of 2020 with a walk through the frosted countryside.


Setting time aside to finish darning in the loose ends of a gansey for a small person (cutting steeks was a mistake).

Catching a glimpse of Captain Flash in the undergrowth.

Later there may be a celebratory drink. Or two.

Next year, who knows. Maybe I’ll just hit Play and plod on until we can do things as we’ve always done them. Or maybe I should press the Reset button. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in 2020, it’s to be adaptable and embrace change. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was glad to ditch some of the normal December traditions. Who says they have to be resurrected?

13 thoughts on “Pausing

  1. Agree with you sentiments. Have really enjoyed your blogs and photos. Very happy new year, despite………

  2. Ditching some of the normal Christmas tradition is a very good idea. If we are back to normal next year I will remember that.

  3. Captain Flash is very handsome although maybe has some tail feathers missing? I love a good steek, it brings excitement to knitting I think. There has been very little excitement in my life this year, maybe I should make a steeked cardigan… Looking forward, I might press play and see what tomorrow brings. Happy New Year to you and yours.

    1. Captain Flash was a bit bedraggled when I took the photo but he looks magnificent when he puts up his tail. It feels good to take the scissors to knitting doesn’t it? Happy New Year.

  4. I am uneasy about using steeks. I tried once and was unhappy with the result. Is this your experience too? Happy 2021.

    1. I’ve used steeks with fair isle and it was much easier to follow the pattern by knitting in the round but there’s so much purling in the gansey that I don’t think there was much advantage. Happy New Year.

  5. Despite all the challenges of the past year, and there have been many, I end it feeling more settled than I have in a long time. I put it down to a simpler life. There’s much to be said for it. Long may it continue.
    Happy New Year Anne.

      1. Yes. It’s not lost on me that as I’m no longer working I perhaps have more freedom to choose than if I had been younger. When (soon, I do hope) this dreadful pandemic is over there are a few things that I won’t be going back to. Life suddenly seems too short and too fragile.

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