us and frank cat Fi | 30 Jan 2011
I spent a lovely quiet hour this morning doing the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. My results:
My results are Blackbird 2, Chaffinch 4, sparrow 7, starling 4, blue tit 2, great tit 2, red poll 2, coal tit 1, robin 1, wren 1.
I look forward to this hour to sit quietly and watch the garden birds.
us and frank cat Fi | 29 Jan 2011
I spotted the prospect of this shot on the way home from the office the other day and went out today to find the optimum place to capture the setting sun as it slips away beyond the Lakeland fells and behind the belching chimneys of Alba Proteins near Penrith.
I spent 20 minutes taking the shots leaving Hector snoozing at home watching footie and a replenished kitchen-pots of my 2 home made soups (courgette and carrot) and bread (rolls, a round flat loaf and tin loaf). It was a cold and clear day and a good one to spend a bit of time in the garden tidying up too. I really love a quiet lazy Saturday.
us and frank cat Fi | 26 Jan 2011
Much anticipated Roxy Music “For Your Pleasure” gig at Newcastle with Sis.
We met at Carlisle station and got the train over. We were staying at a hotel in the city after the gig so could relax properly. After a nice dinner down at the quayside overlooking the Millenium Bridge, Baltic and the Sage we got to the venue in good time.
We already knew it was a retrospective of their earlier material and we weren’t disappointed. The concert was stylish, slick, sophisticated and stuffed full of the numbers that I was most hoping for – right from the start with Streetlife and throughout into the numbers from later albums. I was delighted with the whole thing especially Virginia Plain, The Strand, Amazona and Just Like you. Every aspect was very much of a Roxy Music style – the band on stage, the film on the backdrop and the stunning dancers. It was one big highroad to nostalgia.
The next morning we had breakfast at the Mal Maison – again at the quayside – before going into town for a wander around. Spotting a Toni & Guy salon I had the mad idea that they may be able to fit me in for a haircut and they could. So, Sis left me there at the girl Creche (unlike the man-creche i.e. PUB) and I have to say that it is the best haircut I have ever had. I love it.
we ate Greggs pasties on the platform at Newcastle station before our train and got home tired but having had a great time. Thanks to Hector for taking me to Carlisle and picking me up – sweet of him to offer.
This is the WORST film I have ever made – dreadful sound. But, we were at the back of the arena and it was done on an iPhone.
us and frank cat Fi | 25 Jan 2011
Brilliant! Quite simply brilliant. Humour switches people on – makes them take notice. Love it. I will pass this around and do a write up in our educational magazine for the outdoors.
us and frank cat Fi | 23 Jan 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 22 Jan 2011
Redpoll – Carduelis cabaret – (on the RSPB Red List), originally uploaded by Fi in Eden.
Redpoll – Carduelis cabaret – (on the RSPB Red List)
A lovely quiet day. Started by waking up late for me – 8.30 – in exactly the same position as I went to sleep at around 10.30 (10 hours deep sleep!). So, feeling refreshed and calm.
I cleaned out drawers in the bedroom and moved some of the furniture around (hope Hector doesn’t mind when he gets back from being away) and between making bread and soup and other chores I took a comfy seat on the settee to watch the birds in the garden. I saw redpolls there for the first time, and in the larger fruit-laden tree just over our hedge were 12 (12!) fieldfares.
A day like today is good for the soul.
us and frank cat Fi | 19 Jan 2011
Hector’s brand new diesel Golf is less a car than a swish entertainment centre with a handful of wheels thrown in.
us and frank cat Fi | 18 Jan 2011
Hector is cleaning out his car ready to exchange it for a shiny new one later this week. I should be glad but it makes me a bit sad. That car has been to some lovely places with us and has been part of some very special times. Soppy about a car….? (*tuts at herself)
I think I am a bit daft.
us and frank cat Fi | 16 Jan 2011
We enjoyed Hectors birthday. The weather wasn’t good enough to go anywhere but we had a nice afternoon with Kate for tea and cake and then after a snoozy couple of hours, Sally and Campbell came over. Sally had made H some sausage rolls – he loves Sals sausage rolls. A thoroughly nice evening round the fire while the wind howled outside.
us and frank cat Fi | 14 Jan 2011
Thank Gawd its Friday!
What I would REALLY really like right now is a warm outdoor swimming pool under a blue sky, somewhere warm, just me, and the whole pool to myself to just float around staring at the sky.
us and frank cat Fi | 13 Jan 2011
I love the light from our new mantle lamp. Its restful and pretty and adds to the calm of our lovely lounge. Proud of our decorating and design? Yes… I am.
The lamp is cream ceramic with cut out shapes of dandelions. The cup shape is ultra thin raku pottery made by Fiona Mazel. The heart twirling tealight holder spins with the warmth from the stove and the 3 lovely vivd green ceramic pears are my favourite… There is also an 18inch high metalwork kinetic sculpture of a dutch fishing boat – not in the pictures.
us and frank cat Fi | 12 Jan 2011
After being in AppleMac Intensive Care my beloved MacBook has now been discharged. The major operation was a complete success and the Apple specialists even did some complimentary cosmetic surgery; doing a full facia transplant. Its as good as new now and I am very happy to be reunited with it.
The bill however is not so funny. Very pricey!
us and frank cat Fi | 02 Jan 2011
We took a quick trip to Castlerigg Stone Circle. Hector did well to go out at all with his nasty cough.
It was dull and grey and there were loads of people there, but I was in the right place at the right time when a crow landed on this stone and took off to dramatic effect for my shot.