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Monthly Archive for "December 2010"



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 31 Dec 2010

The hippy tree was the focus of the room over Christmas but all the decs are coming down tomorrow



The hippy tree was the focus of the room over Christmas but all the decs are coming down tomorrow, originally uploaded by Fi in Eden.

I will be almost sad to see the decorations come down. But for this evening we’re of to the pub and back home for midnight and pink champers…..

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 28 Dec 2010

I dreamed my New Years Resolution

HALF. Last night I dreamed my New Years Resolution!!! HALF.
Half size food portions.
Half hour walk every day.
Half a litre of water 4 times a day.
Half the TV I have been watching.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Dec 2010

My piccie of the day today



Lightly trimmed church gate, originally uploaded by Fi in Eden.

Lightly trimmed church gate. I was up early in the churchyard and thought this little touch of decoration on the gate kind of nice. Understated, but nice.
Later, on showing Hector this image he smiled knowingly and admitted that it was in fact HE would had put it there, finding it on the ground nearby (on his way back from the pub on Christmas lunch time) and slipping it into the ironwork on the gate.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Dec 2010

Perfect Christmas at home

A few days feeling unwell and my beloved MacBook in techy ICU so by Christmas Eve I was ready to relax and we began with a perfect Christmas Eve…. tea and mince pie with Frank and Kate, then some festive drinks and fun with Sally, Campbell, Jamie and Jess and their other guests. Later a walk through the snow with Hector to the pub.
I got up early Christmas morning to go to the river which is now an ice flow (freaky – and I suspect a VERY rare event) to take some piccies and then home to open our pressies. H had bought some some great stuff – all on a bit of a theme of relaxtion. A shaitsu massager for my creaky neck, vibrating fluffy slipper (!), aromatherapy eye covers, and plenty more besides. He liked his pressies too, especially amused by the ‘pie tokens’! Lunch was a very leisurely affair, no fuss, just a HUGE joint of beef.
Some pics of the day…
Xmas Eve above the village
Christmas Eve view of the Pennines
Christmas Day ice flow Eden
On Christmas day in the morning! Eden River ice-bound
Boxing Day – no activity except watching the birds in the garden, the TV and the overstocked larder!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Dec 2010

Wikileaks Reeks while X Factor Shrieks

…or so my “Don’t bother with a Team Name Fiona” winning team name went for the Christmas pub quiz when He and I, Fiona and Chris came 3rd. It was a big one with lots of teams and a tough one and lasted well over 4 hours – I think you can get a PhD in less time with easier puzzles to solve! We had a brilliant time.
The next day my loved and treasured MacBook failed to start up after an emergency shut down. I am praying its a power problem and not a hard drive issue. I would be more than upset to loose so much I have in iTunes etc. Though important docs have been backed up. WHY didn’t I back up iTunes? Gawd knows. Plus its likely to be mega-pricey…rats, finks, bugga, hair-tearing.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 12 Dec 2010

Every twig, every surface, frosted



Every twig, every surface, frosted, originally uploaded by Fi in Eden.

I took this on the final day this week of the ultra-freeze. It was 8 a.m just up the road from home. It was so cold that my breath froze in my chest so I didn’t loiter long out of the car. It was -18C.
The snow and ice make so many things difficult, or impossible (car journeys, water frozen in outlet pipes and inlet pipes. But, it certainly looks completely beautiful.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 12 Dec 2010

Accepting the inevitable

12 days til Christmas and I am accepting the inevitable and finally doing the Christmas decorations today. Hector will have his annual foray into the loft to dig out the anitquey painted wood tree decorations and the outdoor red berry fairy lights. What with Frank Cat and a wood stove and a small lounge we don’t do proper trees, but years ago, at ‘stick knitting’ class, I made a conical whicker ‘thing’ that looks OK trimmed up as a ‘tree’….
Only 20 more Christmas cards to write and a few pressies to buy and a whole week off work. Yipee!
Well – a bit of a ‘Heath Robinson’ affair this ‘tree’…. and the fairylights were a gonner so its lightless sadly – at least til H buys some new ones for us. (…and yes…. Those are post-it notes on the pressies. A temporary measure until I buy proper ones!)
fairy copy

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 Dec 2010

Corrie – I love it

For a full hour, live, dramatic drama, with that many cast and crew in those conditions and with traumatic storylines, it was a triumph. If there were goofs of script etc I didn’t see them. Some brilliant acting. They even kept some pathos and humour. I loved it.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 Dec 2010

He and Fi snapped by Helene

Thank you Helene for these two nice pics of He and I
HeandFi

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

Cold little bird



chilly tweet, originally uploaded by Fi in Eden.

This cold looking little chap was one of the birds that spends much of the day at our bird feeders. I hate to think of them so cold, especially at night when the temperatures are so terribly low lately. How do they survive?

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

Fire and ice in the Eden Valley



Fire and ice, originally uploaded by Fi in Eden.

We’re into a second week of thick snow cover and very low temperatures (-12C)
This pic was taken at 8am on 6th December as I drove to the office. I had to work mainly from home last week.
The sky really was that colour.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 04 Dec 2010

Oh, the irony

I don’t think that Frank Cat gets the irony of sleeping so snugly on these bird design cushions!
frank on birdy cushions

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

Its what weekends are for

I had been really looking forward to Helene and Martins weekend visit and had fingers crossed that the snow which arrived early wouldn’t be so bad as to postpone it. It didn’t and on Friday evening they arrived clutching choccies, released-that-day Beaujolais Nouveau. It was wonderful to see them and I think they even enjoyed this amateurs cooking. Of course we had to go to the pub later, as we do most Fridays. Hector and Martin got into the talk of Rugby and Cricket and Helene and I put the world to rights on the leather sofa in the corner.

On Saturday we had a lazy breakfast and were surprised to see more snow on the ground. Undaunted, Helene and I headed out for a drive, ostensibly to take photos, but got as a far as a busy and icy Keswick before heading back. Didn’t take many pics – too slippy to leave the paths. The pics are of Blencathra and of Helene – I really like the one of Helene. When we got back we joined the boys at the pub.
My piccie of Martin and Helene on the way back from the pub.
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Amongst the wild... Here one can truly appreciate age and perseverence.shooting Helene
In the evening we all braved the freezing temperatures and my driving to go the long route to Kendal to see Mosse FanFans Somo Somo. I last saw the band in about 1988 but it was great. The music is fantastic. Congolese Soukous. What made my night was Hector and I dancing – he actually danced with me – sort of. Loved it!
Helene and I took these pics at the Brewery Art Centre in Kendal during the interval…(iPhone cameras) 2 of He and one each of Helene and I.
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A really good pic of He by HeleneIMG_0354

It was -10c on the way home over Shap.
More snow overnight and we dug Helene’s little car out of the snow. The two days flew by but we made sure to plan our next get together.
Who’s idea was it to bring Helen’s little sports car and not Martins proper mans car?

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