Monday, 15 January 2018

Day 15 - January 15th

To use up a few ounces of cheese I made a few cheese scones today.

Day 14 - January 14th

For Christmas I was given an outdoor wildlife camera. Having seen the images of animals that David and Gill have found in their gardens I was intrigued as to what critters might come into our garden so I was really pleased when I received the camera on Christmas day.

We have had the camera set up for a week or so and check it every few days.

I was so surprised today when checking the camera to find it had recorded a video of a fox in the garden at about 5am yesterday morning. Unfortunately the fox appeared to have an injured back leg and was limping but it didn't stop him from eating the fat pellets that I had scattered on the grass a few days ago to try and entice birds in readiness for the Big Garden Birdwatch in a few weeks time.


Day 13 - January 13th

The fields are still muddy, so today we decided to take a different walk which didn't involve walking over ploughed fields. 

Day 12 - January 12th

My Mum and Dad bought me a couple of bunches of daffodils. They look lovely.

Day 11 - January 11th

The cat radiator bed has been hung on the radiator again but on occasions Tux still prefers to sleep underneath it.

Day 10 - January 10th

Have chocolate eclairs always been included in Cadburys Heros? They aren't a favourite in this house as proved by them all being left in the tub after all the other varieties have been eaten!

Day 9 - January 9th

Despite seeing snowdrops in the churchyard last week I hadn't spotted any in my Mum and Dad's garden until today when I noticed a few small plants starting to flower.

Day 8 - January 8th

Dried seed heads of the Agapanthus plants.

Day 7 - January 7th

Lots of teasels by the hedgerows at the moment.

Day 6 - January 6th

Our usual walk over the fields has been very muddy in recent weeks so today we were naughty and instead of walking on the official footpath, which cuts right through the middle of a ploughed field, we did a detour round the outer edge of the field. 

It was a much easier (although longer) and pleasant walk and our wellies stayed much cleaner.  

Day 5 - January 5th

Today the Christmas decorations were packed away and stored away in the loft until next Christmas.

Day 4 - January 4th

How peculiar at this time of year to still see rose buds in the garden.

Day 3 - January 3rd

A few days ago I noticed these berries on a plant growing beneath some bushes in the front garden. I've never noticed them before and the leaves of the plant looked similar to iris leaves. A quick google suggests that the plant is a 'Stinking Iris'! How it got there I have no idea.

Day 2 - January 2nd

A new year, a new calendar.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Day 1 - January 1st (New Years Day)

This morning whilst out for a walk I photographed the snowdrops in the churchyard. I photograph this clump of flowers every year. It's interesting to see how early (or late) they appear. Some years they are evident before Christmas whilst other years they don't show until February. This year they seem to be in flower quite early.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Day 365 - December 31st

This evening we welcomed in the New Year quietly at home. At midnight we switched to BBC to watch the fireworks in London.

Happy New Year!

Day 364 - December 30th

We had a very blustery walk over the fields this morning....... and ..... it was quite muddy too!!!

Day 363 - December 29th

Tux had a pop-up cat tent for Christmas. He is slowly getting used to going in it.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Day 362 - December 28th

After yesterday's snow, this mornings weather was far more welcome and I snapped this sunrise behind the village green when I took Millie for her walk this morning

Day 361 - December 27th

Yesterday snow was forecast for today but we were still rather surprised when we awake this morning to a heavy snowfall which began to settle. Luckily we got away quite lightly with the snow disappearing by lunchtime whilst other parts of the country had considerably more.

Day 360 - December 26th (Boxing Day)

This afternoon we went to the cinema to watch the long awaited 'Star Wars - The Last Jedi' film. It was good!

Lara made sure we weren't late arriving at the cinema by displaying the film time on her new light box for us all to see.

Day 359 - December 25th (Christmas Day)

We awoke this morning to find that Santa had left a huge pile of presents under the Christmas tree.

No time to open the presents in the morning, as Christmas dinner for nine needed to be prepared. 

After dinner, we opened the pile of presents which had grown somewhat during the morning.

The rest of the day was spent eating, drinking, chatting, playing games and enjoying time in each others company.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Day 358 - December 24th (Christmas Eve)

This afternoon Lara continued the tradition started many years ago of making the mince pies for Christmas Day, with the obligatory Christmas hat and Christmas music playing in the background.

Day 357 - December 23rd

This evening we joined my mum & dad and my brother and sister-in-law for an early Christmas meal out.