Tuesday 21 January 2014


I fully intended to post this soon after January 1st, and wish all my readers (if I have any left by now) a Happy New Year!

However, we are well into January now, so I suppose it is a bit late!   I thought I'd post some of the photographs I took over last year, some good, some not so good.

Last winter, in contrast with this winter, was very cold and we had a lot of ice and snow.   It was very pretty when it had just snowed, but you can have enough of a good thing!

Squirrels and Blue tits amongst a host of other birds, came to feed on the food we put out for them.

But the Park looked very bleak!

Tulips and later

Foxgloves soon made the garden look a bit more cheerful,  and although the wet summer soaked things, autumn brought some spectacular colours 

especially on our Chinese Rowan tree, which I found several years ago as a tiny seedling, and managed to coax it to full adulthood!

It continued to rain

and by December, the shadows were long again over the Park on my morning walks with the dog.

Still, the days are getting longer now, and bulbs are coming up in the garden already.    I have planted a lot of daffodils that were in troughs on the patio so I am hoping that some at least will come up and make themselves felt!

I love tulips, so I have got more planted in big containers on the patio, and have planted the ones that were there last year in the garden.   Unfortunately I didn't make a note of where I put them, so I will have to have a good hunt round in April and May to see if any have survived a second year.

We don't seem to get out much these days, put it down to old age, but I still go to Creative Writing classes.   Well, classes is perhaps a misnomer, we are a very cheerful group of would-be writers and always have a good laugh!   Does you good, laughing.   Its been proved!

Do leave a comment if you read this - its always good to know someone is there!

Happy 2014!


21 Wits said...

I'm having a bit of fun, pretending I'm wandering out and about your lovely photos! What a sweet treat.

Tracy said...

Happy belated new year to you, thanks for sharing your photos. We planted some daffs and tulips this year and am hoping they will make the patio a bit more cheerful. I know what you mean about going out I seem to be in hibernation mode at the moment!!

kenju said...

I'm here Gilly; wishing you a Happy New Year and another good year filled with laughter!!

Diane said...

Happy New Year Gilly - I'm here!! I'm glad you still get out to your class - creative writing or a good laugh - whatever feeds your soul. I always love your photos, but I hope they are the only ones featuring snow this year! xxxxxx

Jenny Woolf said...

I'm a bit envious that your bulbs are coming up. I always love to see them. Mind you, seeing the picture of the squirrel makes me recall the one that comes on our balcony and eats the bulbs before they have the chance to come out! :)

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Your bulbs are coming up already?! We had a foot of snow yesterday!

That's wonderful you are going to a writers' group. I just joined one here. It is always inspiring, and yes, good for a few laughs!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Gilly, it's nice to see the sun in your photos and, as you say, the days are getting longer!

Spectacular seas here today and some sun too, but gales and hail showers this evening - to be expected in January, I suppose! Lesley x

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

This olden "someone" just stopped by, for the first time.

Please blog more...

I'd like to come back.


Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Jan. 30

Re: Your comment in my blog... Oh yes, you've found another book reader, in me! I finished my 11th book of this year, last night. :-))))

And I have Pages (at top of my blog), listing my Books Read in 2013, and Books Read in 2014. I probably won't keep up this frantic Jan. pace! But I do, do, do love to read, read, read. :-)