So that’s it – a whole year of photographs, a photo taken every single day of the last year and posted here. Mostly I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, certainly something I didn’t think I would be able to see through. Tough at times, especially those days when I realised late on that I hadn’t taken a photo all day and needed to improvise. And then other days when it was difficult to choose between several really interesting shots. I have to say I’m glad it’s done now, and I won’t be taking on the same project next year! So to finish, here’s a selfie……… Anyway, Happy New Year and best wishes for 2020.
I wasn’t planning on a sunset photo today, and indeed it’s been mostly cloudy all day anyway. But then, just as our Christmas visitors were leaving, the setting sun lit up the underside of the broken clouds in spectacular fashion. Rather than walk to my usual spot up the road and risk missing the best of the light, I just took this photo of the cow silhouette through the garden fence. Moments later the colour had gone from the sky…
These two chocolate Santas on our Christmas tree are definitely on borrowed time – several of the other edible tree decorations have mysteriously disappeared while we have had visitors here over the last few days, and the rest will no doubt be eaten when the tree comes down early in January.
No, not the aircraft, but my wife’s new trainers – a Christmas gift from our son. Weirdly both she and her very much younger granddaughter asked for these same trainers at Christmas – and were both delighted to receive them!
Our son works for that well-known Danish toy manufacturer, and for his birthday on Boxing Day each year uses bricks to signify how old he is… Today he was elsewhere, without access to his usual stash of bricks, so asked me to create it for him. I quite like the high/key mono look..
We don’t drink dessert wine very often at all – not that we don’t enjoy it, just that the occasion never seems to demand it. Anyway, we had a very quiet pre-Christmas dinner tonight at home, and just fancied something sweet at the end. Out of the fridge came this bottle of 2004 Montbazillac which I remembered buying in Hompes in France in the late 2000s when we used to spend a lot of time there. It came back from France when we sold our house there last year and cleared the cellar out. Despite its age, and the mileage it has traveled, it still tasted pretty good!
Something of a ‘new found’ tradition is the Christmas Elf, and most families with kids seem to have one that visits each year. Apparently their job is to check up on the kids in the family and advise Santa who should be on the ‘nice’ list and therefore get super presents, but sadly the Elf always seems to be getting into trouble. Just look at what we came down to today…
Although it’s been pretty wet of late, when the skies clear late in the day, it can yield some fabulous sunsets. Today was another of those days, and like so many of my photos this year, it was only taken a few yards from home.
Although we plan to spend Christmas Day on our own,we will be doing a fair bit of entertaining over the holiday period, and wanted to be sure our dining table looked festive and welcoming. Hence a bit of a run through a few days before the holidays. We commissioned a table decoration from a florist locally, and this gave us chance to try it all together. Looks pretty good!
A few years ago, one of my granddaughters bought me this soft toy as a present, and each Christmas it comes out as part of the house decorations. It’s funny how we cling to family traditions, and there are certainly quite a few around the Christmas period…