Hi there! This Friday Blessing list is long overdue 🙂 but here I am with no shortage of blessings to document. Hope you enjoy!
1. Beautiful winter morning light!
What a lovely sight to greet me in the morning.
2. A photo expedition before the rain hit this week.
Orwell Village is quiet this time of year. Sleeping under a blanket of snow.
But you can imagine the schoolchildren tumbling out of the schoolhouse door at recess – shouts of laughter and rosy cheeks. Snowball fights and snowmen. Sledding and walking along the slippery fence in feats of daring.
and here’s the little two-seater outhouse tucked away in the corner. Brrrr! That must have been a chilly (and quick!) visit in mid-winter.
Across the lane from the schoolhouse, the little country church waits peacefully for summer visitors and even the occasional wedding.
3. Feathered friends
This is one of my favourite shots taken in December.
The males’ plumage turns more golden by the day.
By late May, he’ll be a bright golden ~ ready to attract all the lucky females 🙂
They are beauties
but don’t let it fool you – they’re a feisty lot!
I’m surprised they let this Downy woodpecker eat from their feeder.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch joins a Black-capped Chickadee on the suet feeder. I used to confuse a Nuthatch with a Chickadee but it has a unique trait – it climbs headfirst down tree trunks. And of course, when you see them together, their plumage is quite different.
Score! I captured the catchlight in the Chickadee’s eye. It’s my goal when I photograph birds, but I’m not always successful. Chickadees are so obliging to photographers – they’re not the least bit shy and don’t mind close-ups 🙂
4. It wouldn’t be winter without some good reading.
I was excited to find a copy of the Complete Adventures of the Borrowers second-hand – a favourite series from my childhood.
I especially love the Beth and Joe Krush illustrations. They’ve illustrated many of my well-loved childbook books. It makes me happy to look at them.
I’ve been re-reading another favourite. This time a devotional book by Andrew Murray ~ With Christ in The School of Prayer. You can find it free online. It’s rich and encouraging. You have to do a bit of wading through 19th century English but I don’t mind. His meditations on prayer are timeless.
I’m getting a bit desperate for another good book. Winter-time reading is perfect when you’re wrapped in a quilt, in front of the woodstove, with a good cup of tea. Big, thick, cosy books are my winter-time favourite. I may have to pick up my Miss Read series for the umpteenth time. Your reading suggestions are very welcome – meet me in the comments. 🙂
5. A little Valentine’s Day baking for all my sweet valentines!
and here’s a bonus favourite for Friday – some updated pictures of my grandbabies
Kinsey in December – oh.my.heart.
and showing Nanny how she uses a cell phone for each ear. Clever girl! We have such fun now on facetime. As soon as she sees me, she starts to play peek a boo. And she can blow kisses and wave bye to me. And she loves to carry the Ipad around the flat – a dizzying experience when you’re on facetime but so cute listening to her “talk” to me the whole time 🙂 apparently she tried to call me by herself – 5:30 am our time. I didn’t hear the ring but I would have been happy to answer it if I had!
And here’s Josie and Isaiah on a recent trip to Arizona with their mom and dad. Fun times!
This is Oscar’s latest interest.
A little Paperlion cub!
Well . . . it’s good to be back on my blog and to say hello to all my blog friends.