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How Sad and Bad and Mad It Was ...

"How sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet" ~ Robert Browning“ Photo: taken on 30 January 2015 This year has zipped by; each year seems to go faster than the last. As the year draws to a close I find myself in reflective mood.  There have been  highlights and lowlights; happiness and sadness; worry and stress and moments of calm and serenity.  For me, this year, has been all about nature and observation of this village life that I lead.  It has been a year for writing everything down; my journal has been my constant companion, recording my thoughts and feelings - and trying to find the words I need when expressing myself on this weblog.  Then there is the visual element; taking photographs; these are the best reminder for me; I look through them and think 'ah yes, I remember that day - it was a good day'.
So what does 2016 have in store; I make no resolutions - except to enjoy every day as fully as I can.  I wish the same for you too.

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Merry Christmas

Christmas Spirit



A Backward Glance at 2015

Another day dawns  grey and dreary with mist and rain; I find myself wishing for sunlight and blue skies, so I begin to plough through the hundreds of photographs I have taken this year.  They bring back memories as clear as a rock pool; of the garden when it was full of colour and flowers; the sun warm on my skin;  walks that I took everyday photographing everything and anything that caught my eye.  Below are just a few that capture the feeling of the seasons.  With love from me to you.













So there you have it - my year in pictures (the short version) - I'm not sure just how many pictures I took over the year - but, believe me - it was a lot.  Hope you enjoyed some of my favourites that I have included this year.

One day at a time - this is enough.  Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.  Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering" ~ Anon.

Elaine









Trying to Find the Spirit of Christmas

Below is a collage of all the activities that convention says I should be doing at this time of year but I haven't quite found the Christmas spirit yet - I probably won't get round to any of them until the last minute.


Presents have been bought (but not wrapped); cards are waiting to be written; the tree hasn't been decorated yet - I think to myself - what's the rush - there are still two week to go - no need to panic.  I do try to keep things fairly simple;  Christmas Day here is a quiet, relaxed affair - and I am quite happy to keep it that way.


Elaine








Random Ramblings on a Wet December Day

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy.  I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness. ~ P.G.Wodehouse
Setting off on a stormy, wet day, we went to visit our friend, who had moved away from the village.
We three ladies had been invited to afternoon tea at her new home.
Arriving bearing gifts like the biblical 'Three Kings' we were welcomed in, to a roaring log fire.
Plates of delicious-looking sandwiches were arranged on the coffee table and the best bone china tea service had been brought out especially.
We spent time catching up on news and what had happened since we last met; had a tour of the house; then went into the dining room where the table had been set with a lace edged linen table cloth and matching napkins, sparkling cut glass bowls filled with home-made jams; three types of scone - cheese, plain and fruit; Florentines and biscuits; all …