Thursday, 31 December 2009


So, the end of the year and Project 365 has over-run by, um, a bit. I rather like this blogging malarkey.

This afternoon Miss Mouse and I went out sledging with Morag and her kids. As we were standing around shivering and attempting to keep the girls from falling in their faces in the snow every two minutes, the moon came up. Photographing the moon is tricky for the photographically-useless-but-enthusiastic such as me - in reality it was big and apricot-coloured and striking. In my photo it's small and white. Oh well.

edit: Apparently it was a blue moon, which is to say the second full moon in a month. Or maybe not. Whatever it is, it doesn't happen very often.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Photographing knitting

I just couldn't seem to get this right today. Usually natural light (dining-room window) leads to fairly faithful reproduction of the colours of the yarn - not today. Possibly there was too much cold snow-reflected natural light - certainly the colours are rather cool. I should probably find time to read the manual for my camera properly!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A good brisk walk

Well, maybe not a brisk walk, more a trudge really!

I went shopping today and decided to walk home. I hadn't reckoned on quite how slippery the pavements would be - it had thawed a bit but the pavements of course have well compressed snow which will take a good while to go. So it took me a while to get home, but it did feel great to stretch my legs a bit after being stuck inside so much of the last week.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Feline groovy

Arty cat-on-windowsill shot.

Cat Two turns local Borg to sentimental mush. Do I hear an 'awww' from the back?

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Sparkly fairy

Miss Mouse flouncing around in a party dress!

I don't usually use the flash because I don't usually like the results, but with this pic I'm quite pleased.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Ultima Thule

It thawed a little today - it certainly felt a bit warmer when I went for a walk this afternoon. It was good to get some fresh air and escape the construction of toys, the finding of batteries, the mending of near-instantly broken toys, and so on.

Friday, 25 December 2009

General contentment

Happy little cherubs.

Meanwhile Toby had discovered Irn Bru. He didn't drink it, he just liked watching the bubbles.

And in a scene that would warm the cockles of James May's heart, the Boy worked on a model Spitfire.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouser.

They'd had a busy evening, or one of them had at least.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

And then it snowed some more.

This was taken when I let Toby out to take some air (i.e. miaow pathetically at the snow but then take the huff when I took him back in) - he only got a couple of minutes, too cold!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Winter wonderland

Chilly, but pretty.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Watching snow fall

Hester's not been out yet, but she likes watching things out the window. The snow however was annoying her - she kept meerkatting on the window-sill, tail twitching. I don't think she can figure it out at all.
Toby on the other hand is allowed out as he's a) desparate to go out and explore and b) has had his bits lopped off. He's still keen to go out but remains unimpressed with the cold wetness of snow.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Uncle Hopalong's Christmas Extravaganza

For the second year Uncle Hopalong made the incredible nutty jewel cake. Mmmmmmmmm...

Saturday, 19 December 2009


Hollyhock? Cottage garden flower, redolent of all things summery and English? Well, it's a bewildered Scottish hollyhock that flowered at the end of autumn. And here it is in the ice and snow. Bless it, it tried.

Friday, 18 December 2009


I make no apology for the fuzziness, she was too close to me for the focus to be right - but isn't she brilliant? She's laughing because one of the cats (sitting on my lap, hence being too close for decent focus) was licking her hand and it tickled.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

An even more wintry thing

And I've just been informed by the Boy that tonight is the school Christmas disco so I've got to take him.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A wintery thing

One of my favourite decorations for the Christmas tree!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

A lady is always well-groomed

'Course no-one ever said she had to do the grooming herself.

Monday, 14 December 2009


So I read this and thought 'nah, our cats won't... oh'.
To be fair Hester hasn't bothered with the tree (but then again she's a much smaller cat so it wouldn't be so much of a problem), but Toby has scaled the tree several times now. I've had to remove the red peacock decs I'd put on the tree. Naturally he can't resist little birdies, eh?

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Frosted Glass

This is my car windscreen from the inside. I never thought I'd see frosty glass looking quite so much like, well, frosted glass. Weird patterns.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

"my fam'ly"

by Miss Mouse.
From left to right: the Boy, Miss Mouse, Mama, Skinny Afterthought Daddy.
Skinny Afterthought Daddy is resigned to this.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Arty, eh?

I was parked next to this. I couldn't decide whether it was arranged that way for picturesque effect (it was outside a local moderately posh hotel) or whether it was just chance. Either way it makes a nice picture!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Study in Red, Black and White

Not just a random Cute Kitteh picture, oh no..

Wednesday, 2 December 2009


Self-explanatory really. I haven't been taking many photos recently so it's a bit repetitive!
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