Thursday, 31 December 2020

Popular Posts for 2020


Thanks for calling in.

This year, looking back at all the blog posts, I've picked the ten most popular and here they are! If you click on the post name, there's a link to take you there.

De Stijl and Mondrian

The Walk from Godalming Station to Winkworth Arboretum 

Marks and Spencer Cheese Scones

Five when the Shops have Reopened


Five at the End of August

Five Eating Out to Help Out

Basingstoke Canal


Five in September

I always find it interesting to see what you Readers have enjoyed.  

Most popular of all time is this post which has been at the top for many years, I really can't see why!


Thanks so much to joining me over the years.


Monday, 28 December 2020

Storm Bella


Thanks for visiting, I hope you've enjoyed your Christmas celebrations even if they were quite different to those in previous years.

Storm Bella arrived last night and even though I didn't hear a thing, it was quite evident that there had been an awful lot of rain, as our recycling bin was full of rainwater when the lid had been blown open.  Around the woods, there were puddles all over the footpaths.

It was good to get out and stretch our legs, maybe we'll manage to squeeze in another mince pie!


Sunday, 27 December 2020

The Great Conjunction


Thanks for calling in.

I totally forgot to mention the Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last week!

We decided our best bet of seeing this rare event, last seen at night 800 years ago, was to have a look on Sunday, 20th December when the sky would be cloud free, even though the 21st was when they would appear the closest together.

Where would be the best place to look up into the sky around 4:30 pm, about a fist's width above the horizon? Perhaps the very end of the garden would be best, hopefully the trees wouldn't get in the way, better wrap up warm though.  However, opening the back door, there Jupiter and Saturn were, just there, right in front of our noses!  The upstairs bedroom gave a better view and  Mr CK's camera managed a couple of shots.

Zoomed in, you can even just make out two of Jupiter's moons Callisto and Ganymede. Jupiter is the lower planet in the photo.

For a normal camera, in the dark, it's surprising there was any image at all!.


Thursday, 24 December 2020

Happy Christmas


Welcome to the blog.

Thank you so much for visiting throughout this strange Covid-19 year, where we haven't been able to get out and about as we would usually do.  I have really enjoyed your messages and reading your blogs, which have certainly helped to enliven my days.  I'd like to wish you all, however you'll be spending it this year

A Very Merry and Safe Christmas 


Wednesday, 23 December 2020

The Last Walk before Christmas


Thanks for popping in.

We've just got time for a quick mooch while the sun is out!  Don't postboxes look so Christmassy with their bright red paint, so much better than the green, the first ones used to be way back when.  Here's a link to my blogpost on Windsor High Street with some more information about the old postboxes introduced to Britain by Anthony Trollope!

The footpaths were very slippery, covered in soggy leaves and mud and the usual little trickle of a stream looked like a full blown river.

Walking alongside the golf course, there were no sounds of golf being played.

Round the corner, the small row of shops seemed quiet.

The new cafe was open selling takeaways, the delicious smell of coffee spilling on to the street.  I had to pop in.  I bought a slice of honey, almond and gin cake and a Millionaire Shortbread to take home.  Mr CK and I had half of each after they had bounced along in my bag on the way home.  I have to say the cake was lovely but the Millionaire Shortbread was absolutely fabulous, the best I've tasted for a long time.  I will be returning, Tier 4 permitting.

These standard holly bushes looked great covered in berries.

Such a great day.  This public school is where they film the shots for Kensington Palace in The Crown.  I'm quite miffed that I didn't happen to be passing when it was all happening!

Back home, with the cakes! Woohoo!


Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Christmas Links


Thanks for popping in.

Today on the blog are a few Christmassy links that you might enjoy in case you've missed them.

Selma does a fantastic job during Advent showing us the joys of a Sandinavian Christmas, her blog - Eclectic Home Life - is packed full of delicious biscuit recipes and crafts. 

I loved these Post Box toppers made by knitters in Hertford and Ware all as a fundraising activity and to spread some community spirit.  The SSOHC (standing for the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters) website has all the details of each of the 43 toppers and details of how to donate.  This article in In Your Area shows them on the top of the post boxes looking fabulous!

Photo by Bradley Voigt In Your Area

How about using your leftover wool to make some fairy lights or a necklace like you can see on Little Woollie's website!

Photo from the website

Or how about a last minute reindeer embroidery from Bugs and Fishes?  There are lots of fun projects to make or buy on this website.

Photo by Laura Howard

Finally, here's my Advent Calendar, made by Mr CK, with only a few days to go before all the doors are open.


Monday, 21 December 2020

Christmas Wreaths


Thanks for popping in.  I hope you had a good weekend despite all the Christmas disappointment brought by the latest covid restrictions, we're now in Tier 4, however the rules really are there to keep us safe.  At least the Strictly Come Dancing Final took our minds to a sparklier place for a couple of hours, an excellent live show despite all the problems the whole production team must have had, the sacrifices the professional dancers and contestants made, having to live away from their families for 3 months and all their hard work.  They are an inspiration to us all.

Meanwhile, I've been very impressed by the wreaths on all the front doors around here.  There are so many different types, all offering a cheery welcome to any visitors.  Let's have a look.

Aren't they beautiful!   Which one do you like the best?  Ours is next, a combination of a much loved wreath from the Christmas Shop in Monschau (do a Google search to see Monschau, it's so beautiful) sitting on top of one from Lidl's.  I think they go really well together.