Two nice surprises today, a colourful dawn which was worth getting up
and ice flowers on the greenhouse glass. I wanted to get a photo from
inside as well, but the sliding door was iced up and stuck.
More ice flowers.
Snow was forecast, and I sneaked a peek outside during the night. I was
glad to get back in bed where our two hot water bottles were still
warm, and I was hoping it didn't rain it all away before getting up time.
Just the right amount of snow to tidy up the garden, but after a while
The pond netting has become a snowy roof. Robin was waiting for his
breakfast of bird pellets and some fresh water.
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This is Orpington Station. I know it's safe really, but I didn't really
want to stand exactly here when the train came in. We went to Purley to
look at the shops. I am glad they kept this old clock tower and didn't
modernise it all too much.
We took the bus to Banstead. I was pleased to see these snowdrops in All
Saints Church grounds under a big tree. We had these plastic Remembrance
Poppies on our trees in Bromley, but the Bansteaders have decided to
keep this one up on the lamppost.
The Shard is right by London Bridge Station so we see it every time we
pass through. It is my favourite new building in London. It looks
different every time, as it reflects the sky more than other buildings.
It was a very different view standing right underneath, when we went
round to the new part of London Bridge Station to change trains on the
way home. This picture is stitched from three separate ones, and the
columns are really perfectly straight and not bending.
New carpets have been ordered and some of the floorboards have been
taken up to run new wires and cables through. We always take a
picture of the underneath as a reminder of where the pipes are.
We went to Auntie's birthday party, and she blew all the candles out in
one go. It was a huge chocolate cake to start with, and this is the last
quarter of it after the people at Auntie's church had all had a piece.
It was covered in flakes of brown and white chocolate.
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We cleared out the art and wool cupboard, so we could move the furniture
out. I found this colour chart with
smears from all the paint tubes. It would look good in a frame on the
wall! I was very pleased to find this Chinese ink painting set as well,
with ink sticks and stone dishes. I don't think I will let Dino mix the
ink, it might get spread about a bit!
More playing about with floorboards before the new carpets arrive. We
are trying to solve a squeaky floorboard and this time we
are using talcum powder on the joists. Here I am handing out the
The weather was very rainy with the sun shining through just at the end
of the day.
These two seagulls have been hanging around for a couple of days, making
a lot of noise, I think they are a pair looking for somewhere to nest.
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Lots more rainy weather. We walked through the park, and as we
approached the birds came walking towards us. It is best not to stop or
slow down, as they then expect bread, and I don't like to disappoint
them. The ducks like to stand in the middle of the muddy puddles.
Another day out on the trains today. I really like this wagon planted
up with flowers at the end of the station. I don't think the wooden
sides will last much longer with wet soil in it! We went to London Bridge which they
are rebuilding. The big barriers are full of computer generated pictures
of how it will look. I feel as if I could just walk into this picture!
We went to Purley and in the high street was this big truck with a
picture on the side, made up of food items. I especially like the roast potatoes.
The town clock in Purley looks like a giant pocket watch. Purley means
pear tree field.
Purley underpass is full of tile pictures of all the modes of transport
over the years.
The train was our favourite, I can almost hear the steam whistle
This is the town clock in Redhill, which is south of Purley. Underneath
it are some big bells. We heard it striking as we ate our sandwiches at
2 o'clock. The marble floor in the shopping centre looked as
if it was bumpy and we could trip over it but it was all an illusion.
I just love the old-fashioned sweet shops, they always have very
colourful and interesting window displays, especially of sweets from
days long past. It would be very difficult to choose just
one packet of goodies.
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The weather has been very cold and rainy, but I still have lots of early
flowers in the garden - crocus, pulmonaria and hellebore. It is worth
wrapping up and going out to see them before they disappear.
We have two robins now and I hope they are nesting nearby. We don't have
a shed any more but there are lots of bushes where they might nest. We
spent the afternoon helping to sew some cravats for a wedding. I just love this
We went to Charlton and found this Animal Park, with mostly farm animals,
and also some deer. The grass had worn
away to mud, so it was all rather cold and bare looking. We will
definitely be coming back in warmer weather.
This peacock was sitting on the fence preening. In the big trees in the
park, we saw some wild parakeets. Two of them had found a useful hole
halfway up the trunk.
We spent the night with our beds on the floorboards, as all the
furniture has been moved out ready for the carpet tomorrow. It is an old
house and the floorboards are painted in dark varnish round the edges,
from when they used to have just a loose carpet in the middle, a long
We had to take the door off and saw a bit off the bottom, so that it
goes smoothly over the carpet. There are lots of big pieces left over, I
think they will have to be thrown out as we can't think what to do with
them that is useful!
This is a party we went to with the disco lights on the ceiling. I could
have watched it for hours, swirling around and changing colours.
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