Monday, 30 December 2019

Posts of the Year


Thanks for calling in.  In between all the festivities and hospital visits, I have looked back over the year to see which posts have been the most popular.  Here they are.


Friday Five                                                         


Friday Five Four   


Sweet Pea January Blues Blanket 


Five Mosaics in Antwerp 


Five Randoms 


Five Summer Wreath Patterns


Butterflies and Wildflowers 


 South Hill Park 


Five Walking Through Bristol to Clifton


Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy 


Five Reasons for Missing Waitrose  


Five in Early December

My most read post of all time, nearly 5 years now is this one from 2017.


That's the round up for 2019!


Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas


Great to see you!

The carols are ringing out, those at the stable are waiting expectantly, the crackers are on the table . . . it's time to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog throughout the year, I've so enjoyed hearing from you.

Best wishes to you all.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Sorry . . .


Thanks for visiting.

I'm so sorry not to be writing any posts over the last couple of weeks,  my mother has been taken ill and my time is taken up with supporting her at the moment.  Hopefully we'll be back on an even keel soon.

In the meantime I leave you with a photo of my Advent Wreath proudly displayed on our front door.  The centre section came from the Christmas  shop in Monschau in Germany (such a beautiful place) many years ago and I have embellished it with greenery from the garden.  Unlike an Advent Calendar, where every day you open a door, the front door with the Advent Wreath opens more than once a day but also loses a piece of greenery!

I hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas,  not long now!


Friday, 13 December 2019

Another Christmassy Five


Thanks for popping in.

The week has flashed by again, there's much to do in December, it's a race against time but in amongst the rush, the Christmas tree has sparkled its early morning hello, the colourful hall lights have flashed on and off automatically as someone has set foot inside and citrus slices have scented the air.

Here's my festive and not-so-festive five.

1.  Christmas trees around the area have caught my eye - so many shapes and sizes.

2.  I have been a bit remiss on following up my post of April 2015 which showed the suggestions for a piece of public art for Bracknell!  The chosen piece has been on display for quite a while now, oops! It leans at an angle, it's so tempting to straighten it up in the photo.  The information board below tells you a bit more about it. Do you like it?

It's not far from the station.

3.  The Three Kings from our nativity set are on their way to the stable for Christmas.  They've travelled near and far.  I wonder if they will make it in time.

4.  More Peter Robinson books from the library on the pile.

5.  A lap blanket on the go for the hospital.

 . . .  and the new Prime Minister is . . . .?

Have a great weekend


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Wintry Walk


Thanks for calling in.

We headed off on a walk a couple of days ago, over the moor and through the trees where it was nice to see that a local school had organised a trail along the footpaths to raise some money.  Although we didn't follow it, I enjoyed seeing the painted posts showing the way.

Practically all the leaves had fallen and it was really wet under foot as we've had quite a few deluges.  We weren't put off by a bit of mud though!

The rainwater was lapping just under the boardwalk.

Tidy piles of branches and felled trees appeared from time to time.

I loved seeing the boardwalk snaking off into the distance.

Small small pines had sprung up in the large bog giving it a festive look.

Below, reflections in the new ponds make the water seem icy but it was actually a warm day with a pale blue stripy sky.

How green and velvety the moss looked on the fallen tree.

Despite the dried up bracken, other plants were looking good.

Home again just before the rain.

I hope you didn't get wet!