Monday, 26 January 2015

Caty's Eighteenth Birthday Party

We were invited to my Great-Niece's 18th Birthday party yesterday and despite a bit of an "ify" start to the week, I was determined to be fit enough to go.

Caty had put the celebration on hold until her exams were out of the way, so yesterday she was able to let her hair down and enjoy the party...

The guests spanned several generations, from Caty's Great Grandma at 93, to these two little chaps who didn't quite know what to make of each other.....

After a first class meal, Caty's mum, Jane, brought in the cake. The design is based on Caty's choice of present..

If you need any help with the cake, Caty, I think Daniel and Holly will be willing to help you out!

And back at their house later, the biggest treat of all came when Caty played several piano pieces for us.. (apologies for the lack of lighting on the video; I was that keen not to miss a note that I forgot to alter the camera setting!)
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I could have listened all night..

Caty you've grown into a gifted and beautiful young woman! And Holly there, sitting next to you, is certainly following in your footsteps!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

RSPB Birdwatch 2015

Over this weekend we took part in the RSPB Birdwatch for 2015. (For full details, just follow the link.)

We are lucky to have a constant stream of feathered visitors to the garden in England as well as back in Braye. One of  our favourites is the wren. Usually so hard to catch on camera because of its speed, today it was happy to feed just outside the study window. The first photo shows the white of the window-sill, so you can see just how close it was!

It stayed around long enough for us to get a number of close up shots.
 
 

What a delightful little bird it is!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Kitchen update - English Version

Being in England for a little longer than usual has given us chance to catch up on some much needed decorating jobs. First of all we "refreshed" the bathroom and then it was time to tackle the kitchen...

Before..
 After... evening shot
 daytime shot..

Feels like a new kitchen! 

When we said we were starting the New Year with paintbrush in hand, we really meant it!


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Pendle two weeks on..

Visiting Colin's mum in Clitheroe this afternoon, we saw Pendle in different weather conditions to a couple of weeks ago when we went up on a gloriously sunny afternoon...
 

Lovely to look at, but a bit too chilly for me in the icy wind!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Arkwright's in Bloom!

A taste of summer...

We go past this public house on a regular basis when travelling into Preston centre.


These pictures were taken in the snow this morning... The owner has added a few artificial hanging baskets to brighten the place up...

You can't knock 'em for trying!!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A Weekend with Friends!

What a lovely weekend it has been! We were invited to Gaynor and Tim's along with Jean and Nick and Sally and Chris.

On Saturday afternoon we enjoyed a bright and breezy walk through the Sandon Estate, Staffordshire. The landscape lends itself to photography, especially on a day like this...

Is that Colin I see in the lead? And on a slight incline, too?!

But then a blur flashed by....

and Lulu took the lead...

And coming up on the inside lane... it's Colin again!

The church on the estate was, unfortunately, locked but it made for an impressive picture...

and a different view across the estate..

At last my first chance this year to photograph some of my favourite flowers. (I feel a painting coming on!)

And then, a shadow of our former selves...

we returned to Gaynor and Tim's for the most delicious evening meal, in the company of some super friends - these friendships having been formed on the other side of the Channel, and via our respective blog posts!

So a huge "Thank you" to our brilliant hosts, Gaynor and Tim..

We'll be back next weekend for more of the same! (Only joking!)

Thursday, 8 January 2015

An impossible photograph!

I was looking through some of our old photographs and came across Elizabeth's pictures of our trip to the west coast of Scotland back in April 2009...

It holds special memories for both of us, in that one of the photographs, I have concluded, is the impossible photograph...

We have over the years attempted to recreate it and between us we must have taken hundreds and hundreds of images to no avail.

This is me on the shore of Loch Maree...

This is me on the shore of Loch Maree...

What Elizabeth captured was purely by chance and we had no idea of the content until we looked at it on the computer. Despite photographing water drop after water drop we have not come close...

So to all you photographers out there if you are looking for a challenge!

It has appeared on the blog before back in March 2011 under the heading of Reflections. We are continuing with our droplet quest, watch this space but don't hold your breath...