Monday, 3 December 2012

Winter Approaches

Ooops, that was rather a long and unplanned blogging break. Things are just busy and I've less spare time than I used to have. I have still been taking the photos, just not posting them. So here's a whirl back through the last month and a bit...

We start with this morning and we've just had our first snow of the winter. N and I have just returned from sledging...

This last photo puts me in mind of a little poem, "Snow Song", from this lovely book (which is currently available form the Book People for a mere £4.99)...

 
 
I like Mark Hearld's artwork which is why I bought the book but the texts accompanying the illustrations are very enjoyable too.

Looks like I made some lemon drizzle cake a few weeks ago. Other makes for the last month...

 
...I took some orders at the beginning of October for a few needle felted Christmas spice pillows. I've still not had time to finish them. They're for Christmas which gives me plenty time yet (haha!).

One of the reasons for lack of spare time is that it's now concert season. We just had our main concert at the weekend. It was a popular program - Bruch violin concerto, Beethoven 6th Symphony (Pastoral) and Prokofiev Classical Symphony.


Here's the slow movement of the Bruch for you to enjoy while browsing a few (ahem!) photos of various walks taken from the beginning of Dec back through to the end of Oct.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can tell we're back at the end of October now. What a difference a month makes to the landscape at this time of year.

While we're here, here were this year's Halloween decorations - bats and pumpkins featured heavily...


...and we went to the fireworks, which some found a little loud...



The cows in the field across the road have been and gone.

 
Our solitary sunflower has bloomed and faded.


I attempted to get some decent photos of the cat.

And I've had a few lucky finds in the charity shops. I've always wanted a proper sewing box. I found it in a charity shop while out for a Saturday morning walk (it was too icy for cycling). It was a long and awkward carry home as I also bought a few books and some messages while I was out.

Now Christmas is starting to creep into the house. I got this little salt and pepper set from the pound shop, I think they're nice just as Christmas ornaments.
And lastly, we've had a few lovely sunrises recently. They are best viewed from my daughter's window...

 
 
 

...Starlight, Aeroplane approaching, Sunrise, Red sky.

Up to date at last, phew!

16 comments:

Rattling On said...

Snow here as well, but it's so wet everywhere it's not sticking. Cold as well, but it is winter I suppose!!

Stocki said...

Welcome back! What an altogether beautiful post.. music, scenery, yummy cake, gorgeous little robins, a sweet cat... a lovely child and so much more... you made my short lunch break seem like a holiday! Thanks! Hugs, Jill x

Julie said...

I love the photos from your very frosty walk. Juliex

rockinloubylou said...

how lovely to gaze at your photos with the music in the background. Maybe musical accompaniment could be a feature of future posts too?

Sandy's witterings said...

The Bruch's great (though for me the Sibelius one is the tops). Who are you playing with?

Great photos too :)

topchelseagirl said...

Some of those photos literally made me shiver! That cake looks very tasty!

Toffeeapple said...

It is so good to see you back posting. Love the pictures, but is the fifth one down inverted? Or is it just my eyesight?!

Marvellous music too.

June said...

Lovely to catch up! No snow here but plenty of rain!
June

Lyn said...

I just love your photos and really enjoyed your post! X

Jacquie said...

What a treat Anne, your photos are all wonderful. I love the landscapes and your thrifty finds are gorgeous too. That book looks lovely .
I'm aware I haven't payed it forward yet....that must be a year now ...oops. I will do it after Christmas.
Jacquie x

Gillian said...

Goodness you have been busy! No snow here but it's very cold. Lovely photos from your walks and we've been enjoying some truly stunning sunrises and frosty mornings here too. x

Gerda said...

Gorgeous photo's, as always, love to have a look at your corner of the world, through your eyes. Like the Pikachu, youngest had put a rather big one in his room again, which frightened our cat Zorro. Groetjes, Gerda

Mrs. Micawber said...

The music makes the perfect background - everything looks even more lovely with that violin playing!

So many wonderful shots - the icy reflection, the needlefelted birds, the frosty barbed wire (in fact the frosty everything) ... the teazels (?) in silhouette. I envy you the snow - we've only had a few swirly flakes so far.

:)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

It looks like a proper start to winter, with ice, frost and snow ... I need to move north!

Loved the Bruch, thank you. My daughter used to play this back in the days when she wanted to make music her life. Instead she went off to university to study to become an archivist and hardly ever seems to pick her violin up anymore.

Mairéad said...

I am envious of your snow. Beautiful photos. And seeing Pikachu brings back memories.

Claire said...

The perfect musical accompaniment to go with your stunning photos Ann......
Still trying to figure out the 5th pic in....stunning reflections and I love the ploughed field and the view through the runnel.
You just have the most picturesque country side whatever the season. I want to grab my passport and come visit.....
I have a been a little slow in planting my Sunflowers, so I hope they all come up and put on a nice display this season.

Stay warm,

CLaire :}

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