Thankfully the power has stayed on since Christmas Eve, and although some roads are flooded, we are all okay and can get out of the lane - one way anyway!
We have had a lovely few days, spending time with family, eating and drinking too much, and not doing very much else. I hope batteries are re-charged.
New Years Day is my husbands 50th birthday! Goodness how did we get middle aged?!
So, tomorrow evening we are having a quiet meal in together, whilst Matt parties. Mark is going to collect him after midnight. I did offer, but he insists he does it. (I am not happy about Matt staying at "mixed sleepovers" - I just wouldn't relax!) And then we have a family get together on New Years Day. We are meeting for lunch in a local pub, and then coming back home for a cup of tea and a piece of birthday cake. I am making chocolate orange cup cakes tomorrow. I can't remember the last time I made a birthday cake - it make well have been Matt's first birthday! I hope it all works well. A very kind friend has given me some instructions, and leant me her cup cake stand, and icing bags. I have bought plenty of sprinkles to cover any less than perfect bits, and a big sparkly 50 candle. I will try and take some photos along the way.
You may recall that I was lucky enough to get a new camera for my birthday. I love it, and I have a lens to take sports photos, but the lenses I have haven't been very good at taking close up shots. But that has changed. I have a new lens. The sun shone yesterday. Please join me on a short walk to the post box (why does the visa bill always need paying between Christmas and New Year - it isn't funny!) I took my camera and pondered and looked along the way.
Such blue sky and red berries
Sad to see so many bits snapped off trees - but loved how it caught the light
Lichen - so beautiful
A decaying tree trunk
Can you spot the wagtail above?
Strangely there are daisies growing on one of the school fields
Walking back towards home now
Sunshine on bramble leaves
A long tailed tit - but he blends in vey well. There were so many of them flitting in and out of the bushes. I can't recall hearing such load bird song at this time of year.
Back home - and teasels
Apple tree branches
A cheery viola by my front door
Passion flower plant tendrils
Pony tail grass blowing in the wind - at least I think that's what it was called.
The garage roof
Looking at the smaller details there is still so much in my garden.
Sorry there are so many photos - I had fun!
Happy New Year - hoping 2014 brings you happiness.