Snow day

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When I woke up this morning to the sound of a vehicle slushing along the road in front of the house, I realised that Child Two had made the right decision in driving back up to Leeds yesterday – and … Continued

Brisk

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We went for a Boxing Day walk en famille this morning – it was bright, but brisk, and it was amusing to see how many other people were out and about on the same mission, mostly wrapped up like Inuit … Continued

Christmas Day

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I whisked out of the kitchen during a vegetable hiatus, and took one photo of the lunch table – and then put down the camera and got on with enjoying the day. R and I had a great time with … Continued

Christmas tree bokeh

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It’s been a strange old day. R and I were tired and a bit grumpy; and L and G have horrible colds and have been quiet (G) and fractious (L), except when totally crashed out. H has kept himself pretty … Continued

Weaponized

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At one stage of the morning there were five squirrels chasing each other round the near garden, running up and down trees and shrubs, throwing each other off various bird feeders, and generally wreaking mayhem. This one suddenly leapt up … Continued

C is for…

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R, who was out on the razz last night while I sat at home all on my own (sob), arrived back in this morning and bore me off out to Stratford for a soothing bowl of vegetarian pasta at Carluccio’s, … Continued

Winter solstice

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This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath, the door of a vanished house … Continued

Porky

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Oh my days – the state of these squirrels…. On the plus side, they were getting lots of exercise, chasing each other up and down the trees in the far garden – and when they decide to move at speed, … Continued

Lygon Arms

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When Child One and I drove to Witney on Saturday, there were several red kites hanging around looking photogenic above the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire border on the road between Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford; and as I had to go to Stow this morning … Continued

Bat girl

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The owner of these splendid ears is called Mabel. She has owned a neighbouring household for, I think, about a year now (which probably means, given the way time is moving these days, that it’s actually at least two years), … Continued