Happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2011 will be kind to you and yours, giving you everything you need, plus just that little bit extra!
I've spent the last couple of days in bed, so my greetings are a little late, but just as heartfelt. I've got the really bad cold that's flourishing around here. It has to go, and soon, as we fly out to Malta in a few days, and I will not allow it to spoil my holiday!!!
The pretty white snow has disappeared here, but the contents of my water butts would still make excellent ice cubes for a giant's g & t :-) It's amazing how long a solid block of ice can take to melt, isn't it?
The birds are back to scrabbling in the soil, rather than relying on the apples and fat balls we've been putting out for them. A greater spotted woodpecker sat on top of a fat ball, pecking away at it from the top. The first time I've seen one in my garden. A redwing came to pay a first visit, too, enjoying the berries on the holly tree out front.
Sorry, no photos of them, you'll just have to take my word for it. Maybe one day I'll buy a camera that can take good photos through windows, if such a thing exists! Opening a window to take a photo seems to be a farewell to whatever bird I'm watching:-(
If you made a new year resolution, I hope it hasn't yet been broken. I gave them up years ago. I'd rather just try and live a reasonably good life, causing as little damage as I can to other people and things. I'm not sure how well I do, it's difficult to quantify, don't you find?
Whatever your intentions, I really hope that the coming year will be good for you and yours x