-18 degrees last night. The fire had gone out so it was rather nippy in the house to say the least. I sometimes envy people who just have to push a button or turn a knob and their house is toasty. I had all of that for years but eventually chose to move to the country 35 years ago and now only have a wood stove as my source of heat. I love it here but don't like the winters. It can be brutal at times. I find that the older I get the harder it is on me. However, it's worth putting up with winter to live in this beautiful area.
New Years didn't come in with a bang for me. It never does really. In bed by eight o'clock as usual and up around four. I have been spending some time over the holidays on reflection. A good time for it really. Two days ago I took down all the decorations. They had been up long enough and I wanted to get things back to normal. Now, of course, as happens with crazy gardeners, I'm dreaming of spring and looking through the seed catalogues that have started arriving.
Jack Frost paid a visit overnight.
Sunset a few evenings ago.
One wonders how the poor little birds survive. I do put sunflower seeds and suet blocks out for them so hopefully that helps keep them warm on these cold nights.
The cats are fed up with the winter. Disgruntled Malachi.
Tommy attacking his teddy.
That's it. Have to go check on the fire. I wish you all a wonderful and happy 2015.