Wednesday 6 January 2021


 Welcome back to my blog for the first 2021 edition of What's on your Workdesk Wednesday, hosted as always by the wonderful Julia. Happy New Year everyone, I hope that you are all staying safe and warm. 

This is my desk as it was yesterday evening - pretty empty apart from my trusty mug of tea and my journals. From left to right my journals are 1. My prayer/spiritual journal 2. My bullet journal (to do lists, appointments etc) 3. This years diary style journal and 4. last years diary - note the difference in volume due to sticking loads in it!

These are some of the most recent pages from my diary.  At the back of the diary are a lot of blank pages which can be used for planning, notes, decorating etc. I have nearly finished most of them in last years journal so will do a flick through video in a few weeks when they are complete.

This is a brief insight into my bullet journal set up. This journal has a page per date and I add a little bit of decoration to each page, have a to do list, an events section, an exercise section (to try and encourage me to exercise more!) and a thankfulness section.

I am still swimming regularly and had two of the most magical swims of my life over the past week. This was on New Years Eve and was my first ever ice swim. Water temperature ~2.5 degrees, air temp 0 degrees, but the air was so still it didn't feel as cold. It was such a thrill!

This was like swimming in Narnia, another truly beautiful swim. Air temp 1degree, water temp 2.3 degrees. Magical!

I will finish this rather picture heavy post with a picture of sunrise yesterday, the first day of our third lock down here in the UK.  I could almost see it from my desk, and ended up running up the road in my slippers to get this shot.  We need to remember that after the night comes the day, after the dark comes the sun, light defeats the darkness and we can have hope that we will eventually get through this - we just need to hang on in there and support each other through these challenging times.  If there is anything I can do for anyone, please just shout. Take care and stay safe,

With love & God Bless,



Mary Anne said...

I don't know what is more inspiring - your clean desk (me too this week!) or your lovely bujo (and I envy your sticktoitivness with that) or your continued cold-water swimming despite the drop in temperature or that glorious sunrise that makes me think all will be well with the world one day.

Truly a great start to my day.
Happy WOYWW 2021!
Mary Anne (1)

Neet said...

I love that photo of you with the sheet of ice. Reminds me what a super woman you are. I have just explained to my other half about your swimming and he was amazed.
Amazing journals and the look through was so good.
Thank you for the lovely photo at the end, such beauty that is there for us to enjoy in our surroundings, and it costs nothing to see.
Happy New Year to you, stay safe and well,
Hugs, Neet 17 xx

Annie said...

Sorry I didn't get to leave messages last week [I did read all my favourite blogs though]. Thankfully the side effects from my injection have just about worn off now [it's taken all week though :-(].
I love all your diaries....well done you to keep them up to date. I really enjoy all your shares of your wild swimming too but I have to say just the thought of them takes my breath away....brrrrrr.
Stay safe and well.
Annie x #8

Sue said...

Thanks for your encouragement Caro. Blogging is a great resource during these times. As is journaling. I’ve bought my daughter a couple of different journal and together we’re bravely adding colour to the blank pages. Love your ideas for a spiritual journal, I might use that too. Hugs, Sue. #21 xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Next shot will be you swimming with icebergs! How wonderfully crazy! I'm sure it's all good for you and I admire your resilience! Wonderful journal too - I know how much discipline and dedication it takes to keep on top of these daily chronicles with a photo for each but it will be such a beautiful keepsake for years to come. I often read my blog posts from previous years and remember the events with fondness - but you can hold your memories in your hands! Love the chunkiness of that finished journal! Stay safe, Caro and keep swimming! xx zsuzsa #26

Christine said...

Lovely post. was wondering if you were still wild swimming, now I know!!
Great closing comments, defo needed at the mo.
Take care and stay safe
Christine #28

Lillianb said...


your desk is lovely and tidy, what a lovey place you have to swim Like you I would have run up the road to get that picture

Take care and stay safe,

Lilian B #11

Helen said...

Great photos but I'm shivering just looking ! Enjoy as long as you can . Love the journals take care Helen #2

Morti said...

Oh my! Ice swimming! Brave lady... I don't swim unless it's an indoor pool (not much of that going on at the mo) and the thought of risking thermal shock.... brrrrrr.

Love your journals - I can never keep that sort of thing up for long!

Happy WOYWW!

Morti #23

BJ said...

Ice swimming - BONKERS although the Narnia angle does have some appeal. Adore your lake photo, so tranquil.
Happy New Year BJ#24

Kathryn Frantz said...

Once again, Caro, I love all of your pictures! The sunrise was breathtaking!
However, I get cold just watching you swim! Our weather has not gotten as low as yours yet,

Stay safe and well,
Happy Wednesday


StampinCarol said...

I admire you swimming in such cold water and temperatures! That sheet of ice just gives me the shivers! Beautiful sunrise photo! Love your journals!
Have a great week!
Carol N #30

Spyder said...

Love the idea of jouraling but I know I will never keep it up, the day isn't long enough, which means...what will I write about!? And there you are again, Swimming with snow! Happy WOYWW Stay safe, happy 2021! Keep crafting ((Lyn)) #25

Chana Malkah said...

Great journals! I still shake my head each time I see one of your cold water swimming pictures. I won't even step into my shower until the glass is foggy with steam vapors, but YOU GO GIRL!

I absolutely love the photo of those icy branches dipping into the water...beautiful!

Be safe and stay "cold"!
Chana Malkah, #5

Karen said...

how do you not get hypothermia? why not a wet suit? ICE! ahhhh ~ looks beautifully cold ~ Great job on your diary and journal entries that's so nice to have to look back on. Enjoy your week! Love, Karen #32

Shoshi said...

You are so faithful in keeping up your lovely diary, Caro - well done! Nice to see it bulging with so much stuck in it. As for the swimming pics, you have confirmed my worst fears re the ice. Now I have proof. You really are MAD lol lol!!! I get what you say about swimming in Narnia, though - really magical.

Happy WOYWW and God bless,
Shoshi x #18

Heather M said...

I take my hat off to you Caro - nothing seems to stop you from swimming! I did wonder when I clicked on your link, whether there would be a swimming photo - but one with ice?? I've joined the 'journal' club, but only have one journal, and it will cover everything, whatever takes my fancy. Have a lovely week, Heather xx #14

Stacy Sheldon said...

oh lady, I am sitting her with goosebumps :) we have no snow yet, but still the waters are frozen over on the tops. I love that you put the photos in to your journal that is so cool to me, what a treasure to your family some day. ~Stacy #34

Sarah Brennan said...

Fabulous journals Caro. I have bought a couple to make a start on next year as a new challenge after the daily drawing one for this year. Your swims certainly sound refreshing - rather you than me though lol. Happy New Year, stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

Crafting With Jack said...

Just loved your last paragraph. You are so right! The water was that cold and yet you are still smiling! I just have to smile back when I see your happy face x Have a great week Angela #13

Catriona said...

Beautiful photos and well done on keeping up the swimming. My daughter is still working with her personal trainer outdoors in multiple layers of clothes. Take care.

Julia Dunnit said...

Perfect sunrise and perfect word to go with it Caro, thank you! I love the line up of journals. I realise that your ability to size and print the photos yourself is a skill that I really need to acquire. I feel a zoom lesson with a child coming on...!!

Lindart said...

Hi Caro! I admire, but don't envy, you swimming with the ice. Brrrr! I really don't know how you can do it! Your journals are awesome, it's nice to see another way to do a Bujo, as I am just learning and copying others at this point until I find my own style. Your diary is nicely chock full of photos, this will be wonderful to look back on! Have a wonderful week! Lindart #35

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your comment, Caro, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Your House of Lords jigsaw sounds an absolute nightmare! I never do jigsaws but we were given this one for Christmas so I felt obliged, and it was quite fun! It wasn't very easy though. I'm afraid I've had a disaster with the blender - more news on Wednesday!

Shoshi x #18

Susan Renshaw said...

Amazing swimming pics! How would I have liked to jump in that icy water yesterday when it was 40 degrees here!
Sorry for the late visit!
Happy New Year and happy WOYWW!
Susan #6
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

Kelly said...

BRRRRR! lol Glad you did them though if they brought you that beautiful smile! Love the journals. I just can't get into BUJO. but I love seeing other's spreads. You may have been late but I am more so! LOL Creative Blessings! Kelly #29