Snow Blossoms
January 6, 2010

I took this just after a fresh snowfall, when there were no footprints in the drive, and nothing had started to melt.  Isn’t it beautiful?

My Canon Speedlite 430EXII arrived a few days ago, and I adore it.  I could not have taken this photo or the others in the set without it.

Ice Cold
January 5, 2010

It was so cold this morning that the condensation on the inside of the bedroom windows froze.  Aren’t the patterns pretty? Thankfully, Joe’s parents have secondary glazing, but it was still too cold to want to get out of bed.

Brake Shoes
January 4, 2010

Marmite, my poor little car, has been out of use since Saturday.  Fitting the new brake shoes hasn’t been as simple as Joe thought, and the exhaust isn’t even started yet.  She goes in for her MOT retest on Wednesday: I hope she’ll be able to drive there and drive out again!

This was supposed to be a technical photo to illustrate the problem we have where the drum doesn’t fit properly on the backplate.  However, I love the colours in it: it’s had very little editing and I’m quite pleased with it.

Man’s Best Friend
January 3, 2010

This is Brian, our local pub landlord, and Ben, our local pub dog.  Ben is a rescue dog, a Lab-Alsatian cross, and the friendliest dog you could ever meet.  I’m not usually a dog person: I much prefer cats.  I’ll make an exception for Ben, though, especially when he starts with those big, soulful eyes.

Bridge
January 2, 2010

Shamelessly lifted from the same set as the New Year post at Barefoot in the Kitchen.

We went for a walk in the freezing cold in Stratford today, and I’m pleased with the results.  The cloud patterns were beautiful and I love taking photos of reflections.

Night Waking
January 1, 2010

Last New Year, we were awake until 4am with a screaming week-old baby.  Last night, we were woken up by a teething, grumpy one-year-old.  Some things never change…

Friends of Joe’s have a little week-old baby girl, who shares David’s birthday.  We’re thinking of them tonight.

Newspaper Cat
December 31, 2009

I planned to spend this evening sitting in front of the fire, reading the paper.  Well, Eric put a stop to that.

New Shower
December 30, 2009

One of David’s favourite presents this Christmas was from Joe’s cousin Jenny, who bought him his own shower!  It attaches to the side of the bath and sucks up the water, and he can press the button to fire water at himself, or his poor cousin who was sharing the bath with him.

Perfect Evening
December 28, 2009

I am spending this evening (Sunday) in front of a roaring log fire, watching Top Gear, and drinking Joe’s mum’s homemade sloe gin.  This is good.

Fiat Badge
December 27, 2009

I drive a 2001 Fiat Seicento Schumacher in Broom Yellow.  She’s called Marmite, and she currently needs a new exhaust, new brake shoes, a new battery, and a new head gasket.  Joe is fixing her at some point in the next few weeks, during which time I will have to drive his horrible Vauxhall Astra (I’m sure there will be a blog post about this!).  Despite the long list of things that need fixing, I’ll remain loyal to Fiat for the rest of my life: there is absolutely nothing like the rush of caning it down the Fosse Way (under the speed limit, of course) in a small, nippy, agile car.  And yellow.  Yellow ones go faster!