2019: A year in 100 photos – 1 January 2020

I thought I’d make a rare blog posting to include a few of my favourite photos from 2019.

It’s been a busy year, including a number of ‘Date Days’ with Sarah to Cliveden, Ham House, Stonor Park, Waddesdon Manor, Cogges Manor Farm, Loseley Park, Greys Court and Kew Gardens; an excellent week away down in Dorset and the wedding of good friends Hannah and Lewis.

In the garden, I constructed some raised beds and filled them with vegetables and work has continued in developing the ‘Round Garden’ at the front of the house.

We enjoyed various days out, including trips to Bournemouth, the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, where we had a picnic lunch overlooking the scenic M40, an open air theatre production of The Wind in the Willows and a day in London, including seeing the London Transport Museum and Christmas lights.

Sadly, we only managed to complete one further section of the Thames Path, which takes us as far as Lechlade.  We’ll definitely try and do better in 2020!

2019 was also the year that my mother made the sad flight to Canada, for the funeral of her sister, who had passed away after a short illness.  I also bid farewell to some good friends from work, whose career paths took them in new directions, including overseas to Australia!

The year ended with the usual Christmas festivities and family gatherings.

I’m hoping that 2020 will bring further posts on here.  In the meantime, I wish you a very Happy and Peaceful 2020.

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Christmas Family Photos – 28 December 2017

A few photos of the annual family gathering taken at my sister’s house, over Christmas.

 

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Ray Mill Island – 4 March 2017

With Rebekah out at a friend’s house, we enjoyed something of the early spring weather and spent an hour or so on Ray Mill Island.

We stopped for the ubiquitous hot drink at the café on the island, sheltering from a heavy shower beneath one of their new umbrellas, while Emily enjoyed her second al fresco ice cream of the year.

Fortunately the rain stopped for long enough for a quick circuit around the island.

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Holly taking a photo

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Mallards on the tow path

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Greylag goose

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A splash of spring colour

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Looking downstream from the bridge

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A pair of Canada geese

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Posing for the camera

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Two hot chocolates, one tea and one ice cream!

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Holly and Emily

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Hot chocolate

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Rainbow after the rain

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Raindrops

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More signs of spring

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The Vintage Boys statue

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A robin with a damaged foot

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Mute swan

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More rain

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Blossom

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One of the finches in the aviary

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Nothing like a stick to keep your beak in fine condition

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Setting sun near Cookham

Early signs of spring – 4 March 2017

What’s this?  A new blog post?

Having recently treated myself to a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70, I thought I’d try out a few shots in the garden.

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Snowdrops

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Crocuses growing in the veg plot

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Pleased with the irises and daffodils now coming through in the pots by the front door

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Sarah’s bath of winter pansies and daffodils

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Early colour in the Long Border

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Pulmonaria

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Perhaps next year a larger variety of daffodils in front of the greenhouse?

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Narcissus Tete a Tete

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Fine showing of crocuses around the rose arch

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Purple crocuses

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The veg plot wreathed in purple

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First seeds of the new season