Friday, 30 December 2011


I made sure I took the camera with me
on our morning walk on Wednesday.
It's been wet and muddy here,
so the hounds have not had a run for a few days.
But we took a chance that it wasn't too muddy
and gave them a run.

I knew it would be a good opportunity
to take some pictures of the hounds running.
I set the camera to take multiple shots.
It tends to be a bit of a pot luck,
with plenty of blurriness
with unexpected focused bits .

In the afternoon,
as it started to get dark,
we took a trip into Bernkastel.
We had planned to do this before Christmas
and visit the Christmas Market.
But because of my cold,
we didn't.
It was my birthday
on Wednesday,
so it was a good reason to go out for a while.

The Christmas Market had finished,
but the market place was still decorated with Christmas lights.

We had a leisurely walk around,

looking in shops,
and taking photos.
I played about with some of the different settings on the camera.
This last photo was taken on a night setting with a longer exposure.
I deliberately moved the camera around to get a blurred effect.
I like it.

Something I'm not so pleased with is the countdown to my next birthday.
In a years time
I will be 60.
It seems such a monumental event to me,
something I will have to get used to.
I'm sure lots of people reading this will have celebrated a sixtieth birthday
and they are fine with it.
Maybe in a years time
I will have come to terms with it.
I am planning to mark the occasion by having a party.
That should help.


Sunday, 25 December 2011

Happy Christmas

Greetings to you from us and the Hounds
may you have a wonderful time over the festive season.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Wading Through Treacle

I've been back almost a week,
and I've had a cold
most of that time.
Which is really strange for me
as I haven't had a cold in years.
I haven't been outside the house for almost a week,
in an effort to stay out of the wet blustery weather we've been having.
Poor Mike has been walking the hounds on his own.
I think I got it from travelling on
planes, buses and trains,
while I was away.
Hopefully it will be gone soon,
but today,
I've felt as though I'm wading through treacle.
Being full of cold,
I haven't felt like taking any photos.
So here are the last few from my UK visit.

The day before I left to come back to Germany,
I met my daughter in Newcastle
and we went down to the quayside.
in an effort to be a bit smarter,
I wore my boots instead of my usual trainers.
By the time we got down to the river
I was footsore.
It wasn't so much like wading through treacle,
more like stepping on marbles.

But we continued over the bridge to The Baltic.

Where we visited the Turner Prize exhibition.
Although I enjoyed the visit,
I can't say I understand modern art.
But it was nice to spend more time with my daughter.

I wrote this yesterday
but didn't get round to posting it-
blame it on the cold.
We had snow overnight.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Book Love

My Grandson loves books.
Last week we went to choose some books for his Christmas present.
We did the same last year.
He will be seven in January
and is progressing from the picture books to the smaller books
with less pictures and more writing.
In fact when he visited us a couple of months ago
it was the smaller books he brought with him.
So he's been reading them for a while.
He likes mysteries
and you can see him here reading the first book in
Enid Blyton's the Secret Seven Series.
Today he will be the narator in his school play.
What an honour!
I'm just sorry that I'm not there to see him.

While I was over in the north east staying with a friend
she invited me to her great niece's first birthday party.
I chose a book as a present.
I forgot to take a photo of it before I wrapped it up.
The book is called
'The Pig's Knicker's'
and was illustrated by my blog friend
It's a colourful book
with lovely illustrations.
You can see it here.

I love books,
don't you?

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Fruit Cake and Cheese

I arrived back in Germany yesterday,
to an extremely wet and blustery day.
The weather has been the same today.
So how better to spend it than
sitting inside,
where it's warm,
catching up?
And to accompany us,
a piece of
fruit cake and cheese.
One of the cheeses is
one of our favourites,
and one of our favourite places.
The other is
White Stilton with Cranberry and Orange Whirl.
Very nice!
It's the kind of cheese we don't see in Germany,
so it's a real treat.
I brought it back in my suitcase.
The fruit cake is the Christmas Cake
I made the day before I went to the UK.
I sliced the top off ready for icing
which allowed us to try it.  

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Second Day in Cumbria

My sister has been putting up the Christmas decorations.
Even the family cat has her own Santa.
I was back in Carlisle this morning.
I took a couple of photos of some of the decorations.
This one is outside the old town hall.
The sun was catching the panels on the front and casting a coloured light
across the ground.
Yes I did say sun.
Most unusual,
as it usually rains whenever I'm over here.

True to form,
after taking these photos,
I went to the library,
and when I left it was raining-
very hard.

This evening we've been celebrating my nephew's 18th birthday.
It's been nice being able to share it with him.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

View from a Train Window

We flew through the dark,
being followed by the sunrise,
to land at Edinburgh airport,
still in the dark.
By the time
I reached Edinburgh city centre,
it was light.
I didn't have too long to wait before I caught the train.
It was the first time I got the camera out.
I missed photographing Edinburgh Zoo,
where two Giant Pandas had arrived on Sunday.
I also missed photographing
a camp in a park right in the middle of the city centre.
But I got to photograph
the big wheel that you see in the first photo.

It is part of the Christmas festivities along with
a Christmas Market.
I remember visiting Edinburgh a few winters ago
with a friend and my daughter.
My friend suggested we had a ride on the big wheel.
My daughter declined,
Once at the top,
my friend was having seconds thought too!

As Mike drove me to the airport this morning,
he commented that we were fortunate that there was no snow and ice.
But that was when we were in the valley.
To get to the airport,
we have to drive up a series of hairpin bends,
continually climbing to get out of the valley.
As we continued away from the valley,
we could see snow on the road and either side of it.
We were so surprised that we didn't recognise what it was at first!
But there wasn't as much snow as you see in the next few pictures,
taken from the train window.

The sun was shining too!
It looked lovely
and I couldn't resist taking some photos.
You can see the reflection on the glass in the next picture,
and a blurryness of the trees.

But the train stopped for a while a bit further on,
so I snapped away.

We're on the move again for this next shot.
It's lovely countryside.
It's in the lowlands of Scotland.

But as we crossed the border into England,
the snow had gone.
I found it colder than what I've been used to.
I met my sister at her workplace in the library,
and once she finished work,
we had a walk through the town.
She had some shopping to do.
We made our way to the cathedral.
Where the crypt sells some nice warming soup and cheesy soda bread.

Thanks to my niece
for the use of her computer.
I will have more photos for you tomorrow.
It's a good way for Mike to see what I've been doing.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Anticipate Precipitate

I fly to Edinburgh
to see this young man,
my grandson,
and his mother.

Here she is
taking a photo of
me taking a photo of her,
on my last visit to the UK.

I also hope to see my son.
But I don't seem to have a photo of him from my last visit.
Well I do,
it's just that my daughter is on them all,
and she won't like me posting them.

I will be going to the quayside
in Newcastle upon Tyne,

and crossing this bridge
to visit
That's the building on the left of those over the river.
The Turner Prize is being exhibited there.
The prize was awarded today to Martin Boyce.
It will be interesting to view the exhibits.
I haven't been to the Turner Prize exhibition before.
But I have heard quite a lot about previous
Turner Prize exhibitions.

On my last visit to the quayside,
two men stopped to ask me what this building is.
I told them that it is called the Sage
and is a music venue.
They were very impressed by it.

Well, it was May when I last visited the UK.
and the bluebells were flowering.

If I remember correctly,
the weather was pretty poor
the whole time I was there.
I think my flight got delayed on the way back
and I had to spend a few extra days there.
But the weather didn't improve.

This year seems to have flown by.
But some things don't change.
The UK had some of it's first snow of the season,
and it's turned very cold.
I had better pack some warm clothes.
Maybe I'll get some snow pics while I'm there.
Just as long as I manage to get back home
to Mike and the hounds.


Thursday, 1 December 2011

What's it to be, Fog or Sunshine?

A photo taken this morning from a first floor window.
I liked the mist weaving it's way along the tree covered hillside
The weather hasn't been able to decide what it's up to as the day has progressed.
We've had rain,
followed by sunshine,
and now strong gusts of wind
rattling those same first floor windows.

There's been a lot of fog and mist over the last few weeks.

These photos were taken two days ago.

Then yesterday we got some lovely sunshine.
This photo was taken in the morning.
I loved the long shadows.

In the afternoon,
I did some gardening.

Here's that same village I showed earlier,
only in sunshine.

Well, which do you prefer?