This was the view out of our kitchen window at dusk on Christmas Eve.
Its winter, and many days are overcast or cloudy, with fewer hours of daylight, but when you start to look for and notice colourful things you soon see that this time of year isn’t dull at all.
Brian spotted this fungus on a grey day, from fifty yards away. Golden and jelly-like, it is unsurprisingly known as golden jelly fungus or witches’ butter.
Lichen is at its brightest in the winter, the backs of our garden chairs are hosting quite a community!
The local trees are blanketed in it too.
We had a perfect rose bloom on New Year’s Eve, fragrant as well as pristine.
New Year’s Day treated us to a rainbow on our walk, and the rain stayed off in the distance so we remained dry.
We’ve been having a super-frugal phase, resulting in some very inventive and delicious (and colourful) dinners. Often there’s enough to make a lunchbox of leftovers for the next day, too.
Anne Tyler – The Accidental Tourist
Emma Donoghue – The Wonder
David Sedaris – Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls
Elif Batuman – The Idiot
Sara Lovestam – Wonderful Feels Like This
George Monbiot – Feral
Rachel Corby – Rewild Yourself: Becoming Nature
First Aid Kit – New Year’s Eve
Anna Calvi – Don’t Beat The Girl Out of My Boy
Manic Street Preachers – Sequels of Forgotten Wars
The Police – When The World is Running Down, You Make The Best of What’s Still Around
The Irrepressibles – In This Shirt
Van Morrison – Sweet Thing
Imagine Dragons – Believer