The Very Best of 2012 – A Year In Pictures

Where has 2012 gone? Despite so many memorable occasions – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, our trip to beautiful Burma, the birth of this blog (!?) – the year has flown by and is almost at an end.  Reflecting on 2012 provides a precious reminder of how lucky we are to have our health […]

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Boxing Day Brights

Despite vowing to stay indoors for two days and do nothing but eat, drink, read and be generally indulgent, I was persuaded to get off my backside today for a Boxing Day walk. Typically, the skies have been leaden since Christmas Eve and yesterday it rained pretty much all day. Yet whilst we languish indoors, […]

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Charley Harper’s Backyard Birds

Charley Harper was a genius of a graphic artist. His cheerful, highly-stylised wildlife prints always make me smile inside. So I was very happy to find his festive “Backyard Birds” print on Christmas cards when I went to New York earlier this month. I had to have them! It’s a crisp and wholly fantastic scene, […]

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, but it’s having a damn good go at ending today. We awoke this morning to lashing rain and howling wind from the south.  Even at midday, the sky is not even bright enough to prevent the security lights coming on as we step out of the front door.  The […]

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Counting Down to Christmas

Hallelujah! With only 10 days to go until Christmas, the scaffolding is down and we have light in the flat again. The garden is, however, a disaster area, strewn with windblown carrier bags, stray coffee cups and other builders’ flotsam and jetsam. The lawn, which is normally a quagmire, defies any kind of positive description. […]

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Pilfering Parakeets

No, I have not been gallivanting around the world again.  This “glamorous oriental stranger”, to employ a description used by the great David Attenborough, is a rose-ringed parakeet and is now a regular visitor to our bird feeders in Broadstairs. Few things give me greater pleasure than sitting in the warmth of our dining room, […]

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Premature Paperwhites

What is it with me and Paperwhite Narcissi? For the umpteenth year running the flowers are out, in all their beautifully perfumed glory, a good three weeks before Christmas. I learnt long ago not to plant them as soon as the bulbs arrive.  This only results in a glorious festive display……in October.  Last year I tried […]

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