The temperature is dropping outside so I'm glad to be ensconced beside the fire this evening.
The promising start to the day soon gave way to cloud, alas. It's 15c with some sunny spells right now ....
Sunshine and blue sky is good to see when you open the shutters in the morning!
A chilly night though, only 3c at 8:30am.
The weather seems to change surprisingly rapidly, and this morning's light rain has given way to some welcome brightness this afternoon.
This viburnum seems to have buds and flowers through much of the winter and it gives a welcome lift to the barrenness of the season. On mild days, even in January, it can sometimes be humming with bees.
Some light drizzle and about 10c. Not very inspiring! Managed a quick chat with Rio in Japan on 15m but conditions weren't wonderful.
The sun came out after lunch and it's nearly 19c here now. I've been working in the garden - flattening molehills and tidying up the tender plants which over winter under cover beside the pool. The tiny cyclamen are out on the bank, but it's going to take some years for them to create an impressive display.
The Pieris is also making an effort ......
..... and I'm not the only thing busy in the garden this afternoon.
It's hard to believe that another cold snap is coming our way at the start of next week.
I was searching for a photo for the amateur radio page of my site and I came across this shot which I took at Land's End (Cornwall, UK) many years ago (1980??). This was pre-digital of course, so that's just how it was!
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Still working on the website and listening round on the bands as I do so. Just had a chat with Dave down in New Zealand - computer says he's nearly 12k miles away!
Time for coffee now ......
I seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time the last couple of days creating a personal website - I thought it was about time I got myself a bit more up-to-date! I've made reasonable progress I think, but there's still plenty left to do.
The moles seem to have invaded every corner of the garden now ..... the one remaining mole-free zone has finally succumbed to the invasion today. Hmm.
On a more positive note, there are some small signs of spring about the garden at the moment - not least the buds on the nectarine tree which are swelling noticeably and already showing their pink.
Time to attend to other things ...... like dinner!
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.