Crocus Buds


At last the Crocus shoots have come through the ground, but so far only the mauve and purple ones are visible.

I did some housework and used my steam cleaner for the first time although I am not sure it was any more effective than my squeeze mop and a bucket of water.

After the overnight rain, the sun has been shining all day, much to the delight of a certain cat who has been outside most of the day; even Florence has even ventured out. It is still quite windy and not as warm outside as the sun suggests. It reached seven degrees Celsius around lunchtime, in my part of the United Kingdom, but it is gradually getting colder again; a sharp frost tonight I suspect.


Today’s picture is of my new small bridge camera, which I purchased yesterday. I have not used it yet as it took a long time last night for the battery to fully charge and I have been out all morning. I read the manual last night; it took all of five minutes as the full manual is on a disk. It will never replace y Nikon, but is much lighter for carrying around

The weather is windy with a little rain at lunchtime but there was a brief sighting of the sun.

It is the weekend again and hopefully I will have time to catch up with paperwork as well as blogs and journals.

Red Telephone Boxes

Telephone Boxes

As it looked as though it would be a dry day, we decided to go to Cambridge, mainly for a day out, taking pictures and to get some small items. I ended up buying something small, but rather expensive!

We started with breakfast in BHS and then had to walk past Jessup’s camera shop, where I had another look at the small camera I mentioned in my blip of Sunday 10 January; it came home with me. This evening I shall be playing with it. It will not replace my Nikon and does not say Nikon on the front, but it is small and light so is likely to get taken out instead my heavier camera.

We did not walk as much as we planned as my husband’s legs where not being cooperative, but by the end of the day I will have clocked up 10000 steps on my FitBit, which is something I try to do every day although I do not always achieve it.

About two minutes after we got home the BT Open Reach people banged on the door. I now have a telephone and Internet connection, as well as a lot of muddy footprints! It seems the fault was on the wire, which ran from the back entrance to the railway station to my home; the wire was broken in several places and has now been replaced.

Today’s picture is of the red telephone boxes near the market, I have posted them before, but heard somewhere that they might be removed. It would be a shame if they were as the tourist love them; so do I, which is why they are my choice today. I suppose now almost everyone has a mobile telephone they belong to a bygone era; so it seems do I.R

Reading with Daddy

ReadingI have been a bit of a nuisance today as I have been in and out of the back doors quite a number of times. I complained to Mum that it was wet, cold and very windy; do you know what she said? ‘Well what do you expect, it is January’. I usually sit on Mum’s knee and Florence sits on Daddy, but today she was working, so Daddy said I could sit with him. I got bored looking at his magazine; there are not many pictures in Scientific American. Mum says it will probably get much wetter and windier, so my four-legged friends stay indoors if you can; Mum is typing this for me, I am now asleep with my back to the radiator. Love from Dougal.

PS – Mum said there will not be much commenting on Blip today as our broadband and landline are not working. BT have confirmed there is a fault (Mum said probably due to the wind) and that they hoped it would be repaired within four days!




Today’s picture is of one clump of the many in our garden; it is not the getting down to this level to get the picture, it is the getting up again!!!

It has been dry and the sun shone (once) this morning, but this afternoon it is getting windy and looks as though it is about to rain.

Today I have lots of work today and the marking for the second assignment is starting to come in so I shall be quite busy for a while.