Look at my beautiful Mug
Christmas a little late
Jim had a bit of a disaster on Wednesday. He went to a meeting in the UK and hired a car to get from Stansted to the meeting. He left for the airport in plenty of time to come home, but an accident left him sitting on the M25 for an hour. Consequently he missed the flight back!
Jason and Sam don't live too far from the airport, so bless her, Sam went and picked Jim up so that he could have a bed for the night! Then at the crack of dawn, Jason ran him back to Stansted to get the first flight home. Thank you both for looking after Jim in his hour of need.
Our Christmas parcel from Sam travelled all the way to Ireland then eventually, all the way back to Sam!! So Sam popped all the wrapped presents into Jim's rucksack to bring to us! What a wonderful surprise. Sam spoilt me as usual - here is my haul:
What a brilliant mouse mat - perfect for me. I am using it now, and my cup of tea sits on the coaster.
The cats also had a stash of presents - although Buster stole a string covered mouse and quickly demolished it!
Thank you Sam and Jason.
ATC for Sunday. H is for Hearts
It's what you'd call 'busy' I think! I stuck various hearts on the blank card, then covered them with white tissue paper. I then outlined them with gel pens. The blue fabric heart in the centre, I cut round to remove the tissue paper and show its pretty silver dots round the edge. Finally, I attached a heart charm which says 'LOVE', although that's a bit hard to see here. This H is going to Teri, the founder of our little group. She deserves lots of love. She is a very talented artist and her blog is a delight.
Hidden under the charm on the ATC above are 3 little daisies. Teri is a mad daisy fan so I had to put some on somewhere.
Buster and I Get Wet
Jim headed off to Galway yesterday so I took Buster to Dillon's Wood and Lough Graney as he was a bit fed up! The sky looked a bit gloomy but the sun kept popping through. As usual, I enjoyed taking a few photos:
As we walked down the lane towards the lake, they sky looked threatening and the lake was slate grey.
The Greylag geese were still in the field and they took off as we passed - I was ready for them!
This little chap with his fetching earrings came to see us as we passed his field.
The sun shone occasionally but the black clouds loomed over the rocks.
Buster explored the rocks..
While I took reflective photos
The sun shone on these old grasses, it's worth clicking on this photo.
The sun brought out the colours on these developing Alder catkins.
There was even a little rainbow - the first I've seen for a long time.
I could hear the rain coming across the lake. This one's for you Steven!
Look at that lot - luckily I had a good coat on and a hat to keep me warm and relatively dry.
It didn't last for long thankfully. Everything looked wonderfully fresh and clean.
We walked up the path to the road that cuts through the wood. These rocks glistened in the sun.
The moss looked fresh and green.
The rain started again and I was a bit cold, but another rainbow appeared to cheer me along.
I made a joiner of the lane going towards the wood and all the way round to the direction of our cottage!
Do click on it if you have time. It's a pity the house was in the way
I also made a small joiner , taken from the rocks:
They must have been the clouds that emptied on me shortly afterwards!
So it was back home and time for a cup of tea in my new mug.
On a sad note, Renee, a blogger whom many of you know and love, is in hospital and is unlikely to recover from the cancer that has now spread throughout her body. Her daughter has been keeping us up to date on Renee's blog. Renee is a shining light in this bloggy world of ours and I shall miss her.
Renee and her dear husband Wahid.