Thursday 31 January 2013


We've had a fair old mixture! We've had snow, ice, and rain, rain, rain! But life goes on,and apart from an emergency hospital admission (which is why this post is very much overdue, I'm fine!

The snow looked very pretty from the bedroom windows.

And the tree in our front garden looked quite spectacular with the contrast between the snow and the branches.

We put lots of food out for the birds, but the squirrels were apt to come and steal it! This one was right outside my kitchen window on the water butt!

This morning when I took the dog for a walk, the park seems under water! It had rained so hard during the night, and we had had hail and thunder as well.

On the plus side, the tulip bulbs are coming up in my pots, and the daffodils are showing signs of stirring! The ones that didn't planted until Christmas so far haven't sent out the tiniest shoot!

I'll get things planted early, next year! But Spring is definitely on the way!

Monday 14 January 2013


For once the grey cloud lifted, the sun came out - albeit a bit hazy - and the Park sprang to life.

Ducks were being fed -

and the gulls were screeching trying to get some of the scraps!

And the swans were doing whatever it is swans do in the reed bed!

and the play ground was full of excited children.

There were also small children on scooters and slightly larger children on bicycles - all of them a bit of a hazard to a dog on a long lead with no sense at all. Lots of dog walkers, throwing balls and sticks, and LOTS of dogs! I would have taken photographs of the children, as they looked rather good, but I thought people might think me a bit, well, weird, if I did that.

So I came home and tried to take a photograph of a blue tit on the fat we have put out. Its not the best photo I have ever taken!

Monday 7 January 2013


I thought I had better get on with wishing everyone a Happy new Year, or before we know it I will be saying "Happy Easter"!

There's nothing like this blossom yet, but I'm posting it so that we can all cheer ourselves up with thinking what is coming when Spring arrives.

Well, I do hope so. We've all had such odd, unusual and really nasty weather last year, that we can only hope and pray that it gets better this year! Though with all the grim warnings of more extreme weather coming, and jet streams and the like moving around, I'm not getting out my bikini yet (as if I did!!)

I hope you all had a good Christmas. We were very quiet, and unable to have a family Christmas this year, but it was still nice.

I walked round our garden this morning, and found a lot of bulbs coming up, new shoots peeking out of the ground, and a Robin singing his heart out not two feet away from me! I planted a lot of bulbs in pots this year, but have several little pots where I planted some bulbs that were over and some that Mr.G got free from the Garden Centre. Now I can't remember what I've planted where! The two biggest pots I know have Tulips in and a big trough has little early daffodils, but the others are a bit of a mystery. Looks like I will be having a surprise when they come out!

I hope 2013 will be a really good year for you all!