I've been away in my home county over the New Year holiday period visiting family and friends and now back I would like to thank you all for your greetings and good wishes for 2014.
Most of our time over the holidays has been spent indoors due to the bad weather, but now back home and with the glimmer of improved weather I've managed to get out for a walk in the local park and visited the library despite a painful knee joint which has slowed me down in recent days. Hopefully the knee problem will settle down and I'll be able to take up my love of walking again and share some of the beauty of our surroundings with you during the coming months.
In many parts of the UK we've been battered by storms and there are drastic changes to our landscapes and coastal shoreline as trees have crashed to the ground and familiar rocky outcrops, cliffs and sea roads have taken a pounding and disintegrated, whole acres of countryside look like vast lakes and lanes are like rivers, but we've been more fortunate where we live. The pink roses from our garden (above) together with some white ones from the supermarket looked fresh and pretty indoors over the Christmas period and other plants that usually appear in a month or two are shooting up already.
Here are some of the sights I saw yesterday on my short walk by the library in the park - a place I'm never tired of visiting.
Seeing the different aspects of new life in the walled garden next to the library filled me with hope for the coming days in the new year. The garden is tended by community volunteers and although I'm not one of them I do appreciate all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to maintain the flower beds and other areas so that others can enjoy this public facility. We have plans for travel in the first quarter of 2014 which we're looking forward to, but it's also good to know that there are places on our doorstep that provide pleasurable experiences. I hope that this is the same for you.
However, the last days of 2013 were overshadowed by news from Italy that my husband's oldest sister had fallen and damaged her lower back. We were thankful to hear that she came through an operation and she's now recovering in a local clinic near her home. As you can imagine, we're very much looking forward to a time in Italy with the family in the Spring.