Monday, 3 February 2014

Winter Views

Garden View
I was expecting to have a pretty snowy scene and delayed taking my photos! I did get 10 mins of very heavy snow and managed to catch that for this scene.
 This seasons favourite meal- this is a cheat really as I love things like stew and cottage pie. But we also love a lazy night dinner often on a Tuesday. It used to be my library night- and we'd pop to Costco on the way back. But the library is shut on Tuesday evenings now.

The other favourite for Emma is a 'choosing tea' otherwise known as a buffet. My mum always does a buffet or restaurant meal to celebrate birthdays and this was the one for the girls birthday at the weekend. I forgot to take a photo until the locusts had already cleared a large portion!

Sky view- evening sky which looks a bit wintery!

Favourite place to visit- my parents house for the birthday tea. I still call this home! It's where I was born and still feels like going home to me!
 My friend bought the girls an amazing candle  which flared and then opened up into a flower whilst playing Happy Birthday.
The present view of their house. They were having the brickwork repointed and the builder said that the front actually had structural damage. They had to have a report done by the insurance company who said it WASN'T subsidence- which would have been covered and therefore paid for. It was caused by the builder- who owned a house at the top of this lane using substandard building material- and my parents house is at the bottom of the lane and therefore had the dregs of the building materials! They also used less cement than required- which has eroded over the years- and has lime in which the birds like to peck which also adds to the damage. My dad WAS a builder- and probably should have had this looked at years ago- but it's been getting worse. Anyway- the work has commenced- and the inspector came round (his initial report cost another £500) and on this visit he said that the chimney was also precarious and that has had to come down aswell. It is a total nightmare- but hopefully if the weather calms down a bit- this will be completed in a couple of weeks.

This is a familiar view at my mum's after Christmas- she always has an Amarylis- I remember the very first one which seemed to just be a stalk and some leaves for such a long time. They always make me think of my mum- and her summer speciality is an Agapanthus which she first spotted in Cornwall. The first one she ever had - flowered whilst we were in Cornwall on holiday and her best friend had to take a photo of it- so she didn't miss the display!

Daily Snappers- Square.
Emma declared this the best card ever- her favourite Laurel and Hardy!

Favourite outfit- Holly's New Year Deely Boppers!


  1. wow thats what i call a catch up :) maybe i should just do a weekly one too rather than getting all muddled up about trying to get it done daily.. hope your mum's building site is sorted out soon, how stressful for them on top of everything else. And DUH i forgot that ems also like laurel and hardy (or Dick Und Doof - fat and stupid) as they're called in germany :D Holly is such a good sport, coops would have eaten that head attire within seconds

  2. awhh .. hope we get to see the agapanthus in the summer.. can you remember all these views come Spring? x

  3. Brilliant catch up, Kim. I really enjoyed your photos and comments. My mum also had an Amaryllis every Christmas.

  4. Excellent post! Great mood!
    Thank you!

  5. What interesting snapshots, and very happy (well except for the the construction nightmare). That pizza looks so yummy; I'm trying lots of new recipes this month as I've been on a new eating plan.