A new year is a good opportunity to take up new interests as well as continue with old ones. I've felt the need to get motivated about blogging and think about where my blog is going this year, 2016. I had many photos and potential posts lined up during last year to share with you, but in the end only the minimum got published for various reasons, but mainly because of our lifestyle of travelling back and forth to Italy, lack of internet whilst in Italy and my eyesight problem that slows me down.
However, with a new camera and perhaps some drier weather I might get out and take some photos! The sun is actually shining today so I'm not going to linger on the computer for long, but instead will get out and enjoy the respite from the daily rain situation we've been having! Meanwhile, I hope your week has gone well so far. This week, being the first of the year, I'm joining in Five on Friday which Amy is continuing to organise. Thank you Amy. Do pop over and say 'hello' and see what other participants have posted.
1. Above is my new header.
I've been struggling with this area of my blog for a while and although I was fairly happy with past efforts I just couldn't get the blog title the way I wanted using Picasa so I've been experimenting with PicMonkey and I'm happier with this latest header. However, regular readers might find that I change the photos from time-to-time that represent our two country lifestyle and I get satisfaction from changing the background colours. Does that say something about me, I wonder? I do like a change now-and-then, although not drastic ones when it comes to Life. I'm grateful that Life in general is one of quiet routine, but I'm always conscious that's not so for others and one never knows what is around the corner in one's own life or of our family. As always my philosophy is to take one day at a time and enjoy the moment. Enough said.
These carnations and alstroemeria were bought before Christmas for a bargain price (two separate bunches £4) and they're still fresh after gradually opening their buds.
The times when I've been out-and-about these last few weeks has been to indoor places such as the shops and the library, but before our daughter went back to her home in Berkshire we went out with her sister to a local antique and vintage emporium and had a good time browsing and finding some bargain items. My purchase was a nest of two tables that had been refurbished. They had been painted white and the inset tops had been refreshed and varnished. I do like the tops as the colours blend in with the furnishings in the rooms and the pattern of buildings is quirky. I think it might have been wrapping paper that has been pasted on and varnished? They were just what I had been looking for as occasional tables and will free up my old linen/blanket chest full of books that is being used at the moment as a large coffee table in one room.
This is my new camera which my husband bought me for Christmas. I wanted something with a better zoom facility, but was also light enough to take on our travels. A friend has this model and it was also one that other bloggers use. Thank you Rosemary, who always shares some beautiful photos, for giving me the information which helped me decide to purchase this particular camera. I'm still experimenting with it. Of course, the result of a good photo depends on learning more about how to use a camera to best advantage so none of the photos on this post were taken with it. I think I will be using both old and new cameras for the time being.
Our DiL gave me several books for Christmas and these are a couple of them. I do find reading non fiction a quicker experience unless I get engrossed in a novel. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie of the book by Alan Bennett, 'The Lady in the Van', although we rarely get to the cinema. Most of the novels I'm interested in reading are reserved through the Library Service. I like contemporary novels, Man Booker prize winners etc., but prefer to wait until I can get them on loan at the library. Do you have any recommendations? It will be a treat to use the book voucher that I've been given by a grandson and I will probably get a non fiction book in the history genre.
Our daughter, granddaughter and I were captivated by the ballet, 'The Nutcracker', that we went to see last night at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. Below is a glimpse of the glass canopy of the entrance to the theatre which was taken on one of my walkabouts in the city centre last Autumn. I'll write more of last night's experience another time with some more photos of the Lyceum Theatre and Tudor Square where it's located.
Meanwhile, I hope you have a very peaceful weekend and I'll speak to you soon,