The ice and snow has all but disappeared for now although the weather people warn there is more to come. I took the opportunity of a walk to the Canal Gardens. I felt quite sprightly even though my granddaughter observes that I have an old neck. I noticed that the water was frozen solid but there were signs of growth in the herbaceous border, if you looked closely. I could even detect the shoots of bulbs emerging in my own garden - not that I'm comparing it to the park. I read a saying "Live each day as if it were your last and garden as though you will live forever". I think I will adopt this as my mission statement.
Sunday was Louis' 5th birthday party, shared with another boy in his year. Forty young children in an indoor play area plus parents in the cafe area can be really noisy and the party was enjoyed by all and no catering or tidying up afterwards.
Have been asked to look after a neighbour's gerbils for a few weeks. I haven't actually seen them as they are snuggled down in their straw bedding. They're not stupid, the weather has been freezing.
Bought a squirrel proof bird feeder. I'll outwit the little fellow yet!
|Yes, just for you - the feeder on the far right|
It is a tradition to go to Monika and Dave's on the Sunday before Christmas. The table was laden with home baked mince pies, stollen and biscuits and of course plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink. A very friendly crowd of neighbours, colleagues and ex-colleagues (of which I'm one). I got a lucky bag to take home with one of her famous advocaat cakes. I am putting on the pounds due to lack of exercise, contentment or greed.