Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

 

Happy Holidays, Everybody!

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See you next year

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Don’t You Just Love That Hat?

My mother is still going, not strong perhaps, but she is going. Yesterday she turned 88. Sadly I could not be there, but I will see her in two weeks’ time.

I was in fact frantically scanning old photo albums so I can return them when we go for Christmas. That’s when I came across this wonderful almost 69-year-old picture of her and her best friend at teacher training college. She was still 19 years old that summer when she graduated. I believe this photo is from early spring 1942. So elegant, a real class act! (She is the one on the left by the way.) The hat might be dated, although beautiful, but the rest of her outfit would have done a modern business woman proud. What a good dresser she was!

NQTs

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Winter Came Early

All of a sudden we had the first snow, on the last day of November, and then much more today.

Snow on top

Since it got cold I have noticed the birds having a greater appetite. Add snow to that and they start getting more aggressive, in particular the Greenfinches.

Greenfinches fighting off great tit

The Great Tit had to wait for its turn. But this Blue Tit was luckier, the female Spotted Woodpecker had her own food supply. Is that the same Great Tit waiting up there?

Female woodpecker and blue tit

Some flowers had not even had time to fall off the shrubs before the snow settled.

Rose in snow