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Monthly Archive for "January 2010"



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Jan 2010

An hour alone in special places

Me and my shadow (Long Meg)
Me and my shadow (Long Meg) during a short trip out to watch the sun set and feel the cold ultra-fresh air on my face. It was lovely. I first went to Long Meg stone circle and had the whole place to myself. Then a drive out on the tiniest roads to Gamblesby and Renwick and with the bright lowering sun direct in my eyes I drove home via Kirkoswald.
We spent the rest of the day getting the kitchen ready for decorating and I even did some gardening.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 25 Jan 2010

More use of one of my films

How to Fly in Formation from Vic MacRae on Vimeo.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Jan 2010

King Frank atop his personal cushion castle



King Frank atop his personal cushion castle, originally uploaded by Fi in snowy Eden (sleepycat-gallery.com).

Our wonderful, quirky, clever, silly, demanding and luxuriating cat Frank! He’s king of his cushion castle!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Jan 2010

Amber nectar



Amber nectar, originally uploaded by Fi in snowy Eden (sleepycat-gallery.com).

Reworked birthday portrait of He

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Jan 2010

Happy Birthday to Hector

LOTS of surprises for Hector for his 50th this weekend.

His birthday day quiet together and lunch in town. My present for him of a first delivery of a 12 bottle case of real ale – the first of one-a-month for a whole year, went down great. He LOVED it.
Beer box birthday gift

The snow that has layered thickly on the ground since mid-December has started to thaw but its still really icy.

At tea time Fiona arrived and he was surprised, then Chris got here and we had a lovely evening, talked and talked and had a bowl of chili with garlic bread for supper. We each came up with our definitive list of 6 fantasy dinner guests (alive or dead, and noted them down for future reference. They included, Elizabeth I, Dara O’Brien, Martin Luther King, Karl Marx, Arthur C Clark, Mozart, Alan Bennett, Clint Eastwood, Michael Palin and Tony Benn. Wonder what our lists say about us!?!
We were up sprightly by 8.30 and piled into our car. H STILL unaware of our plans…. Chris joked that we were on our way to the Farne Islands to see the seals. H believed him! We only went to the station at Lazonby and set off for Ribblehead. We did manage NOT to let H in our destination! At Ribblehead we slithered in snow that was still thick and white up there on the hills and after only a short while settled ourselves in the pub there. An hour or so later my final surprise was the arrival of H’s brother Kev (Ross was meant to be with him but had not been able to make the train). I think that was his best surprise of all. What a happy looking Hector! We all ate ourselves into a stupor before staggering and slipping back up to the station to wait for the train home. Kev heading East and us West.

ChrisIntrepid pub goers
Our leaderS'no laughing matter Fiona
What YOU doin here?A glassful of glowing grain
Lit station at RibbleheadTime to go our separate ways home

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 07 Jan 2010

Satellite from above UK 7th January 2010

Frozen Britain seen from above
This striking image taken by Nasa’s Terra satellite on 7 January shows the UK deep in the clutches of the current cold snap.
Covered in SNOW!!!!! Crikey.
greatbritain. 7.1.2010.jpg

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Jan 2010

A winter layer cake – or is it a chocolate and cream winter trifle



A winter layer cake – or is it a chocolate and cream winter trifle, originally uploaded by Fi in snowy Eden (sleepycat-gallery.com).

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Jan 2010

Village rooftops and Pennine hills from our house



Village rooftops and Pennine hills from our house, originally uploaded by Fi in snowy Eden (sleepycat-gallery.com).

A forced day away from the office because of the weather.

And when I did venture outdoors to get some logs in the snow on the ground was amazing. It was soft, light, powdery and just like talc. Wonderful.

After more than 3 weeks we are a bit sick of it – beautiful it might be but its a real problem if we need to get out for work etc.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jan 2010

Perfect close to the seasonal holiday

The last weekend of the seasonal holidays and a wonderful way to round off the 10 days.
Gorgeous snowy and cold weather. A ride down through the Lakes to visit Mum in Ambleside and on to Windermere to visit Chris and Fiona to go with them to their village Table Tennis annual quiz night with hot pot supper. 27 teams and a really fun night. We were second! Yay.
We stayed over with C and F and stayed up to talk.

I loved to watch the two boys in deep discussion after midlnight and a lovely evening at a quiz with Chris and Fiona.
The talk was of football, rugby, cricket, David Attenborough, exploration of the Earth, books, Wallander, politics, dinner guests, Eddie Izzard and Dara O’Brien, Queen Elizabeth I, mattresses, bookcases, Norfolk, Wallander, films, Oxford, Stephen Fry, QI, Greece, cameras, health, finance, grumpy old men and women, Morse and Lewis, old friends, past times, quizzes, deep sea expeditions, cars, sleep…..

Hector and Chris chatting

On our way home in the morning we had stunning clear and sparkly weather and lovely views.
Waterhead aglowThirlspot in snow
Single swan on GrasmereGulls keeping warm - Waterhead, AmblesideEast flank Blencathra

And this was just half a mile from home at dusk…
A rosy sunset glow on the Pennines
Sundown panorama roost

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 02 Jan 2010

Midnight luminescence

While Hector sipped a pint or three at the pub I wandered off home after a Baileys and got ready for bed.
I looked out the window and it was so beautiful I threw on some clothes again and dug out the old tripod and crunched my way over the fresh snow into the churchyard. I wasn’t scared at all – in fact I find the churchyard rather peaceful and soothing. I was out there for half an hour. The moonlight was strong and luminous, the stars bright shiny twinkles and the snow glowed. A very special sight.
Froze me toesies getting these shots… Brrrrrrr. I’ll be looking up on ‘tinterweb’ how to take pics at night successfully.
Almost midnight 1st Jan 10. Lunar light on the graveyard
Midnight lunar luminescence and snow

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Jan 2010

New Year suprise

Ooh. err. The BBC have used one of my pics for their Year in Pictures (the August picture)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/cumbria/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8413000/8413921.stm
Picture 1