Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy Days 363-365/365

363. it has been quite cold the last few days, everything outside is covered with a sprinkling of frost

364. This, believe it or not, is the top of a rusty nail in the downpipe to the waterbutt.

365. My own attempt at flowering hyacinths for Christmas was a dismal failure, but EG and GO came to visit and bought us one which will be in flower fairly soon

This brings me to the end of my 365 of Happy Days for 2014. I'll be starting a new 365, to be posted on a weekly basis here if you would like to follow.

Happy New Year to all my readers and followers, and thank you for your support over the last 12 months.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Happy Days 361 and 362/365

The jigsaw is coming along slowly

Honey on toast for breakfast

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Bloggy changes for a new year

This is where I am and this is where I'll be staying, but I've changed a few other things around for 2015. On my relatively new Station Harry blog I wasn't able to find any way of adding a "followers" button, and, not liking the fact that I couldn't see any followers, I decided that I would resurrect one of my old blogs instead, so as from Jan 1st 2015 Station Harry, Fab Rick and the Yarnbirds will be HERE. This is my old Wanda blog from 2013 revamped, so please, unless you are already a follower, pop along here and follow, so you'll be able to find out what Harry and friends are up to.
I'm also going to do another photography 365, as I'm hooked on them. I want to be a bit more adventurous with my photography this year, so I have renamed and updated my old 2012 illustrated blog to become "2015 - a year in photos", which you can see and follow HERE, this one still needs a bit of a revamp, which I'll be doing over the next couple of days, and I'll probably be posting weekly rather than daily.

So remember, it's now "Daisy Row" for everyday stuff, "Station Harry" for selling stuff, and "2015 - a year in photos" for seeing stuff. Please get your (free) tickets now, hop on and ride the journey with me.

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt

December has been quite busy for me - and most other people I guess - so not much yet to show, but I managed a few for No. 1 Reflections in water, the first two taken in the park near home, and the third on a day-trip to Bournemouth.

Only one so far for No. 2 Someone wearing a funny hat (bartender in Wetherspoons), but I'm hopeful I'll see more as the season progresses (and gets colder!)

Our day trip to Bournemouth, where we visited the Aquarium, gave me an opportunity to take some shots for No. 8 A Fish

No. 9 Festive lights, and I didn't even have to leave home for these

And finally, for now, No. 20 Nativity scene, which I found down in town.

If you would like to join in, or view the list, or see what others have found, please visit here

Or add your own link here - oops, somehow managed to add two lots, please ignore second.!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Happy Days 360/365

Boxing Day, and I'm easily pleased. A Skype session with the granddaughters

and, now that GO the vegan has left, roast beef for dinner.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Happy Days 359/365

December 25th, our delicious vegan meal - Mushroom and Nut Wellington

cooked for us by GO.

 GT joined us after work (he's a carer), so I was able to get an updated pic of the "three wise men"

Our evening consisted of

How was your day?

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Days 358/365 and Advent Calendar Day 24

He's coming tonight, are you ready? Have you been good? I am and I have, I wonder what he'll bring for me.

Wishing a very Happy Festive Season to all my followers and readers.
Linking with Julie's Scrapbook

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Happy Days 357/365 and Advent Calendar Day 23

Making vegan mince pies for GO, using ready-to-roll pastry with vegetable oil and mincemeat with vegetable suet.

Have to say they are just as yummy.

Linking with Julie's Scrapbook

Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Days 356/365 and Advent Calendar Day 22

A lovely Christmas Card from my family designed by GD1

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Happy Days 355/365 and Advent Calendar Day 21

Happy Winter Solstice. Today is all about light - or rather lack of it. Today is the shortest day of the year, the day of least sunlight - tomorrow the sun starts on its return journey northwards. For many thousands of years, long before Christians highjacked the day, people have been celebrating with feasts, the exchanging of gifts and wishing their friends and family good cheer. So I send you, one and all, Seasons Greetings and my very best wishes for the coming New Year.

As mentioned in a previous post, I love playing with photos of the tree lights, so here are more "light" photos to cheer you up on the shortest day.

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Happy Days 354/365 and Advent Calendar Day 20

With only one day left to go to the Winter Solstice, when our seasonal celebrations begin, the jigsaw puzzle is ready to roll

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Happy Days 353/365 and Advent Calendar Day 19

I haven't yet successfully kept a Poinsettia from one year to the next, so instead I buy a new one each year. Here is this year's.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Happy Days 352/365 and Advent Calendar Day 18

Tuesday this week was a lovely day, bright blue skies and sunshine, if a little nippy. GM and I made a spur of the moment decision to go to Bournemouth for the day. I cant go to the seaside without having an ice-cream, even in December - this is Dorset full cream ice-cream, rum and raisin flavoured.

We walked right down to the water's edge, but I resisted the temptation to take off my shoes and socks and dip my toes in the water.

Back into the town centre, and we came across a German Market and funfair. I was also able to resist the temptation to have a ride on the merry-go-round.

We saw Father Christmas, although I think he was a bit bored with hanging around, as he seemed to be stuck into a good book.

Linking with Julie's Scrapbook

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Happy Days 351/365 and Advent Calendar Day 17

My third and final swap this year was a Stationery Swap, organised by Stationery Lovers, and I was partnered with Claire. This is what I received

Thanks Claire, I love all these bits and pieces you have sent me.
And this is what I sent

I've really enjoyed all three of my swaps this year, hope I can find some next year that are just as much fun.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Happy Days 350/365 and Advent Calendar Day 16

Yesterday I told you about the Christmas Cracker Swap that I participated in, and today I'm telling you about another swap, "Send us Christmas", which was  organised by Kimberley. I was partnered with Jayne. Jayne has received the package that I sent her but has chosen to open it on Christmas Day, so I wont be showing what I've sent her, as I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise, but here is what she sent me.

An assortment of ribbons

A lovely handmade thread catcher and a beautiful cross-stitch

Some fancy headed pins and two lovely beaded zip pullers

Some tiny rhinestones and some colourful tags, and a lovely star-shaped tin with choc balls in (there were more, but I had already had a couple before I took the photo!)

Jayne had taken the trouble to ask me what my favourites colour was. Can you guess? Thanks Jayne for being a great and generous swap partner.
Linking with Julie's Scrapbook