Thursday, November 25, 2010
We awoke to a white world this morning after overnight snow. It was forecast up to four inches but we managed about two.
The garden looks beautiful and is filled with birds squabbling to get on the feeders.
There are chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, long tailed tits, robin, bluetits, great tits, starlings and blackbirds together with woodpigeon, collared doves and jackdaws and one lone wren.
I always think a snowfall's kind to all, it makes everyone's garden look as nice as it's neighbour whether it's a mess of weeds or not but the birds have churned the lawn up covering it with little arrow shapes from their footfall.
It's registering 2 degrees below on the outside thermometer but the sun's appeared and is casting a golden glow on things so it won't be long before things start to drip.
DH had to de-ice the car to go to work, it obviously froze before it snowed as when he'd scraped all the snow off the windows were frozen solid.....cue the kettle of warm water!
The school bus didn't arrive to take the village senior school children to the town, they waited around twentyfive minutes before sloping off home again. They've been told to wait that long and if a bus doesn't arrive then it's ok to go home, we have hills in and out of the village which makes for a precarious run for a double decker bus.
The nursery and primary school in the village is open so there'll be some 'it's not fair's' when they get back home to elder brothers and sisters who've had a school free day!
I've cleared the paths front and back and made a path to the shed and bird feeders, I'm glowing from the cold and feel energised...lol...sort of like those little bunnies in the battery adverts!! I just thought I'd post my Spark as my computer has been poorly again and I've just got back online again after another week of missing everyone and then I'm ready for a nice hot bowl of homemade butternut squash, carrot and onion soup with a hunk of wholemeal bread....yummy!
View through the kitchen window
sunlight highlights the roof tops
sunlight makes the ash tree shimmer with a golden glow
'Nanook of the North' attempting to clear the car ready to go to work
Monday, October 11, 2010
Well I haven't really been away but last week the computer decided to play silly beggars and only work when it felt like it!!
A definite go slow....
Some days it worked perfectly, others it wouldn't even load, yet others I could, very frustratingly, see all my pages but had no reply boxes and on other days no colour, no pictures, no clickable boxes at all and some days just a white page!!
This didn't just affect Spark, but all my computer right down to e-mails which wouldn't send!!
Seems it was a 'google' problem and not just me it was affecting. They seem to have fixed it now and hopefully it will stay that way.
I'm Sparking now for the first time in ages and not wondering if the pages will all be there and it's lovely. I HAVE missed everybody.....it's been sooo frustrating I had withdrawal symptoms!! LOL!
It's sooo good to be back with all my very special friends.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Last night was our annual Womens Institute Group Rally (If you've seen Calendar Girls, you'll know what the WI is!!) when various small groups get together for a spot of fun & friendship.
There was a good turnout.
The hall was full to overflowing with old friends, new faces and lots of laughter and chat.
The white clothed buffet tables were overflowing with homemade titbits and anticipation was in the air as the competition entries were admired, the results announced and the cut glass bowl presented.....we didn't win but it didn't matter, we'd had fun putting it all together!
The entertainment is always a surprise and last nights certainly was when the speaker announced was Father Amos, a Methodist Minister.....I'm not sure what any of us were expecting but it wasn't what we got!
He was very charismatic and very, very funny, reeling jokes and observances off at an alarming rate.....he had us in stitches and finished his repertoire by saying he'd never had so much fun and didn't even feel intimidated being the only man in a room full of over a hundred women!
Supper followed with delicious homemade savouries, cakes and biscuits washed down with lashings of tea or coffee.
Time to chat, traverse the room and catch up with old friends and gossip or even to make the acquaintance of someone new.
Then another surprise.....more entertainment!
A husband & wife duo 'Bob & Kathy' who regaled us with a variety of songs along a folksy, country, sea shanty type theme.
They were very good, Bob played guitar and they both sang together, their voices complimenting each other.
We had a right good sing-a-long with some well known ones like 'Travelling light', 'The streets of London', 'Haul away Joe' and ' Irene, goodnight Irene'.
Then it was goodbyes all round, shouts of see you next time and we were out into the dark cloudy night, the grass wet with dew to reach home just as the rain began.
There was an enthusiastic re-telling to my, not really interested but I'll listen to be polite, DH followed by a mug of steaming low calorie hot chocolate and then bed.
The only trouble was I couldn't get to sleep.....lol.....I had the refrain 'Irene, goodnight Irene' echoing around in my head until the wee small hours!
It's still there today.....lol.....I keep bursting into song!!
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