Snow at last.

Snow on this Beech Hedge and down the Lanes behind our village of New Longton. As someone who enjoys taking outdoor photos the pro...

Monday, 28 December 2009

Fieldfare and a visit from Jack!

With the ground being so hard after the recent snow and ice I threw down some of the apples I had been storing from our tree since October. That was yesterday and today the fieldfare flew in and spent the day gorging himself on the them. We just about managed a few shots, as he was very shy and the magpies kept bothering him, trying to get to the fruit as well. I wonder is it the same one who came at this time last year?

Jack Frost came too and left us a beautiful vision in ice painting on the gate . I well remember scenes like that from my childhood but then it was on the inside of our bedroom windows at Corton!
It is a very good time for birdwatching , today I saw Goldfinches as well.
Most of our snow has gone but we may not be out of the woods yet as another weather front of snow and low temperatures is on the way.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

A festive greeting from Snowy lancashire

Quite unexpectedly we were in for yet more snow last night from 9pm onwards.
The world took on a different hue and colour and the whiteness made the garden an illuminated magical christmastime winterwonderland.
If it doesn't rain today we may have a White Christmas here after all.
The cats are not at all sure what to make of it  with Tom being the only one to walk or should I say sink ' down the garden in it.
It made a very pretty picture though with him in the snow.
It was nice to see the Mistle Thrush in the garden after the orange berries on the tree , a rare visitor to my garden.
Well the big day is nearly here,I wish One and All the Healthiest New Year and a very Merry Christmas to all my Family Around the World and Friends everywhere.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Snow, Snow. Snow

We had snow!  Two nights in a row and it is still lying on the ground .... this is the first time in many years that we have had such a fall. As you can see the garden looked lovely, a real winter wonderland.
What a shame that the only ones of us that can enjoy it are those who either play out in it or look at it from a warm home. It has caused chaos!
Bebe made his way up for his food but then quickly disappeared back to the greenhouse and bed .I daresay it will all be gone by Christmas Day.
Still it was nice to get out with the camera and get some snowy shots.

Friday, 11 December 2009

I4 days to go!

Well I have put up the decorations today so this house is now ready for the festive season to get into fullswing. We don't go mad with all the trimmings these days as there are no children around but what we do  have look nice and festive in an arts and crafts kind of way.....  I like finding ornaments like the little brown angels seen here in the picture.
Yesterday and today I made sure to get out for some fresh air and winter sunshine as it has been so lovely to see after all the recent wet weather. A good walk yesterday and today out came the bike.
We are going to go to Haworth this weekend to the Christmas celebrations and I might go around the Bronte Parsonage as it is ages and I just love the atmosphere!
I must go and give the Christmas cake a good glug of brandy again  and will have to get in the ingredients for some mince pies but there is not much Delia Smith stuff going on here ,,, who the heck has time for all that these days!
Lastly I just want to wish my sister [49 today] happy birthday and hope she enjoys her break next week!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

The Scent of Christmas

Its beginning to' smell a lot like Christmas' at our house, for as soon as you walk in your senses are awoken by the fragrant scents of cinnamon , cloves and orange and everyone wants to know where that delicious smell is coming from ! Well actually although I would like to say I have been busy baking,it is actually from a lovely bottle of room spray. It does the most wonderful job of making the feel of the Chistmas season come alive . Add to that a few drops of Culpepper winter oil ,pot purri and that is all you need.

When you come home in the evening though feeling a little cold, tired and frazzled, try some of the delicious Mulled wine, warmed up ,its good for you as its full of lovely spices , just the thing to sip in front of the fire!The one seen here is the real thing from Germany and the one served at the winter fairs.

I don't  think we will see a White Christmas this year ,they forecast a wet one instead... although you never know. The two snowy picture here were taken in 1993 and 1996 ,one in mums garden in wigan the other here, We haven't seen that much snow in the last few years.
I have been scrapbooking in the evenings while watching the tv and the one of Ginger here and the 'sewing box are the latest for my album, also have been making scented bags and  have knitting on the go to, so keeping busy.
At least all my gifts are bought and wrapped, glad about that as it was busy in town when I called into the Debenhams sale yesterday... didn't get tempted .. amazing ha!
Thanks to everyone who contacted me about the blog photos over the year and I will be sending calendars with some of the photos on to those who asked as soon as possible!

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