Wednesday, 13 January 2016

back to normal

It is the second week of January and it now feels as if we are back to normal after the holidays. Actually everything returned to normal last week but it has taken me a while to settle. There were almost two weeks with all four of us at home and although I miss that time together it is also good to be back with quiet and routine.

The weather has continued mild into the New Year, it feels good to get out into the open under blue skies.

We are lucky to have many footpaths locally giving us access to the countryside. The walls in the photo below are part of the roman town of Silchester.

It is a peaceful place to walk though it would have been a very busy centre in the past.

Along with the mild weather we have had rain, nothing compared to the rest of the country but even the drier south has had more than usual. The garden is waterlogged

although the hyacinths are emerging through the water

and in this topsy-turvy winter, I still have geraniums in flower!

The stream at the bottom of the hill burst its banks but nothing like as bad as previous years,

the temporary "lake" looked quite pretty as the sun was setting and the water levels are already starting to fall.
So a quiet return to our normal routines, time for knitting, reading and walking - good January activities.

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