Thursday, 27 January 2011

Another Spring marker.

Delighted to see the Aconites are just waiting to burst open next time the sun shines!

Of course it is still bitingly cold today with a gentle wind coming from the North but there they are all up and ready to go. I am sure they weren't there yesterday.

Hang on in! We will make it yet.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Sunday Lunch in Stewkley Luxury

We finally made it to the grand Kitchen opening ceremony yesterday.

Well opening for us only as it has been in use for some time by the residents.

Very nice! Wonderful meal ... still feel very full!

Why is it that I spend all my time on the floor playing trains etc and all the other adults get to chat and gossip in the comfort of chairs?

I don't think I want to swap really but the floor is getting harder these days.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Wonderful People and Spring.

Yesterday the first white tips of the snowdrops were seen in both the sheltered northern side of the house and in the sheltered southern beds.
Exactly the same date as last year. Perhaps they like lots of snow.
There are also a few yellowish tips of daffodils to be seen.
Hold on it can't be far away!

There are some wonderful people out there in the World.
I have had masses of information emailed to me from the good people of Abthorpe, near Towcester, Nothamptonshire who undertook a millennium project to digitise all their Church registers. I commented on their Internet news paper that I wanted to know about my distant ancestor who was landlord of their "Stocking Frame" Pub and they have sent me all the records back to 1597! No charge!

Also a fellow amateur genealogist who helped me some time ago has shared some information he has found about one of my wife's relatives. It must have taken him a long time and quite a bit of cash to find but he has freely shared it. Thank you Stephen!

Friday, 14 January 2011

No Heat!

Yesterday was the first day in 2011 that we had no source of heat in the home from Breakfast to Afternoon tea. Not that there was a fault. No, it was lovely and warm. What strange weather we are having this winter.
Still it is just as well as we are right down in the fuel stock. Sort of early March levels of wood left only.

The neighbouring field has sprung into life. I have no idea what the farmer has planted but some form of alien pale green plants are appearing. They look a little like bean or pea plants.

Meanwhile the hen flock look very well and we are getting 1 or 2 eggs every day.