Thursday 31 December 2015

Skywatch New Year

We walked home from the New Year party under a crisp moon and a cold, clear sky, surely a great start to 2016. No street lights in our village and apart from the group of neighbours with whom we had been celebrating most people seemed to be in bed.
Here's the first moon of 2016 for Skywatch Friday
The party was noisy - and fun!

The piper came at midnight.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year..

(For the fashionista's amongst you I wore black velvet pants with black suede high heels, a pink silk blouse and a chunky rose quartz necklace.)

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Are you ready?

The tree is in the dining room, we don't decorate it until Christmas Eve but other decorations are now in place. A selection of food was delivered in the late afternoon, ordered from the fabulous Booth's catalogue and they sent me a present as well, a rather fine canvas bag (to advertise their company whenever I go shopping!) What a nice gesture and the food looks absolutely delicious.
Family arrive around midday tomorrow, unless the traffic slows them down. I'm NEARLY ready.
There will be no snow this year but lots of chocolate. What's not to like!
Happy Christmas.

Friday 18 December 2015

Friday Skywatch for Christmas

It's dull and damp here in Blighty, nothing to see but grey sky, so I'm posting photos that I took in Yorkshire last March that have a much more festive look about them; crisp snow with a topping of sparkling frost and a blue sky overhead.
But whether you're in black and white or colour, or even in grey, I hope that all you skywatchers will have a very

Friday 11 December 2015

Friday Christmas Market Skywatch

The lights are on in town and the atmosphere is very festive.
Wooden Christmas stalls have been set out around the Abbey, more appear each year, and they bring  crowds of people to look and to shop.

Thursday 19 November 2015

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Yorkshire in the rain

We've just returned from a week in the Dales having a catch-up with friends before closing our bolt hole down for the winter, turning off the electricity and draining down the system so that we don't have to worry unduly about any storm damage. Our property borders a beck.
In the summer we open the sitting room windows and listen to the sound of the water as it falls over a small outcrop of stones.
But there was no need to open windows on this trip, the water was roaring down!

There's a small waterfall further upstream,

swollen to more than twice it's usual size.
Everywhere was dripping wet.

Water was thundering under the bridge at Aysgarth. We didn't stop to walk along the river side and look at the falls because it was treacherous underfoot.

It kindly stopped raining for one short morning during our week away, giving me the chance to plant some tulip bulbs in the front garden.
Gardeners always look forward!

Friday 6 November 2015