As I watch joggers run by in short sleeves and the children ride past on their bikes it’s hard to reconcile these scenes with the fact it’s Christmas Eve here in Canada.
But my Mozambican family has their Christmas lights strung up so it must be true!
Romy sends his best although neither he, nor his friends, can understand why they’re sloshing through mud on misty mornings.
The geese continue to migrate although they seem in no rush and I’m sure some of them are contemplating a fowl coup against their leaders given how mild the ‘winter’ has been so far.
Ivy however is happy no matter what as she desires ‘thrown stones more than the bones of elephants’ to paraphrase poet Dylan Thomas.
Whatever you are celebrating I hope it brings you happiness and a little peace…if this keeps up the lawn will need cutting soon!
Christmas is long gone, particularly the one you are referring to here. But I still enjoy your photos. Hopefully winter has been better this year. 🙂
Nice to get your comments no matter when Otto. It has been a brutal winter with record snowfall and wild temperature swings reminding us that mother earth is really annoyed at the way we’re treating her climate!
Yes, it’s suppose to get warmer, isn’t it. But then we get periode of the opposite character. Simply more weather.
We’re having mild weather too. Roses blooming in January, swathes of daffodils blooming in London. It needs to get cold for a bit before spring arrives!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you too…our big freeze has finally arrived🌨
I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. We’ve just got rain, rain and more rain.
The pictures are great. I especially liked the one with the holiday lights. We currently have snow on the ground, so it’s starting to seem like winter. Happy New Year!
Thanks Sheryl and all the best to you for a great 2016!
It was very mild in England over Christmas, and as you must have seen on the news, they’ve had lots of flooding in the northern parts. Love your photos, especially the one of dear Ivy. Happy New Year to you. 🙂
I saw that part of the UK got really flooded – poor folks! Yes dear Ivy brings much joy to our lives. Happy New Year and the best of blogging in 2016!
We are having a wet and mild Christmas too! Thank-you for this lovely post of vignettes, Carol – I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and your New Year is a good one. Best wishes, Clare 🙂 x
I hope you and your family had a wonderful time too Clare. All the best for the New Year and I look forward to following your blog in 2016
Thank-you! I look forward to reading more of your blog next year too. Have a very happy and healthy New Year. Clare
So different this year from last in your part of Canada! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season none the less and wishing you every happiness in 2016!
Hope you enjoyed your sunny get away in Mexico and look forward to your 2016 blog posts.
It was a fabulous week! I so appreciate the kind encouragement. Thank you and Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful, if unseasonal Christmas. We spent time flood-dodging, in that travel was difficult. But we weren’t among the unhappy numbers flooded out here in the UK. What strange weather.
Strange weather indeed although we apparently have snow headed our way – this is more like it! Glad you managed to dodge the worse of yours and all the best for 2016.
I love the first photo of your Mozambican family!
I’m being completely selfish, but I love this version of winter 🙂 With any luck, I’ll be out on my bike at some point today 🙂
Best wishes Carol, and hope the rest of your holiday is very special!
I kind of like my Mozambican friends too – a country I have a soft spot for. Hope you made it out on your bike:-) My one granddaughter received a new bike for Christmas and was able to try it out straight away – how often does that happen in Canada?? Hope you holidays continued to be great too.
Hope you are enjoying your unseasonably warmer weather. It is strange as we are much cooler than normal. Thank you for friendship in 2015. I look forward to following your adventures in 2016. May the new year bring joy and happiness to you and your family.
Wishing you all the best for you and yours in 2016 and I too look forward to your future posts.
I forgot to say that I love your Mozambican family! It made me smile because I thought you must have adopted one through the various charities till I saw the photo 🙂
On behalf of the family – thank you…I have an interesting little collection of Mozambican art from when I was involved with some projects there. Might make a good blog post one day.
Yes, please 🙂 🙂
I find it very hard to miss the cold, but I seem to be alone in that. 🙂 I do feel for your poor horse in all that mud, though! I was going to go to the Star Wars movie, but it’s a football afternoon on TV, so it looks like I’ll be jumping in puddles on my own 😦 Wishing you a happy and fulfilled 2016.
I think it’s more the comfort of predictable weather that I miss…hope you had a good time puddle jumping:-)
Misty morning and horse, lovely photo. It is a nice time of day and the photo shows its beauty.
Chicken coop, pigeons coo and now you say geese plan a coup, I can not cope. 🙂
Enjoy the Christmas and all the best for the year ahead. _/\_
Let’s hope for peace in 2016 Jack – at the very least peace of mind.
At least we should be able to achieve peace close to hand if not the whole world. As you say peace of mind._/\_
Even in Sudbury, which I consider the FAR NORTH it’s sunny and plus 2. The snow shoes we placed under the tree for Mike and Krista unfortunately won’t be appreciated in the near future!.
Crazy weather – we could be still hiking the trail!
Beautiful post! The pics are so special! Merry Christmas and happy holidays
All the best to your family and lovely farm over this holiday period.
We are also having an unseasonably warm Christmas. James has sworn to grill steaks for Christmas dinner (and I think he means it)! 🙂 We wish you a wonderful holiday and New Year. All the best, Terri
Hope your Christmas barbecue went well! All the best to both of you for this holiday season and look forward to following your travels in 2016.
Beautiful photos as always. I especially liked the ones of Romy and Ivy.
Thank you and I hope you and your family spent a pleasurable Christmas.
Have a very Merry Christmas, from hot & humid Florida…
All the best to you too GP.
Yes, it’s certainly very warm here for midwinter, GP. 😕
It certainly is! I don’t think that “cold front” is ever going to get here!!
Shorts, T-shirt and flip-flops all the year round. I’m not complaining. 🙂
After being here 46 years and getting old – I can’t take it much longer.
I’m sure you can’t. 😛
Warm and very wet here too, but mercifully no significant flooding in East Anglia – keeping fingers crossed. Merry Christmas to you and your family and the stately Romy and the lovely, lovely Ivy.
All the season’s best to you and yours as well. Thank you from my four legged friends as well – they bring me so much pleasure.
A merry Christmas and an enjoyable 2016 of blogging. Beautiful images here in this page, and no snow? Today its 36 o C outside so the air conditioner is on 22 o C
Thanks for your good blogging wishes and the same back to you. Hope that air conditioner holds out in that heat!
Wishing you a Happy Christmas. We are having a lovely warm one, exactly as it should be for us. 🙂
So glad your Christmas went well and sending you best wishes for 2016.
What strange weather all around the world these days. It’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop. Enjoy it while it lasts. Lovely photos of your beautiful animals. Hope your Christmas is a relaxing one and best wishes for 2016
I really agree about waiting for the other shoe to drop on the weather😔Hope you had a lovely Christmas and here’s hoping for a peaceful new year.
Nice quiet Christmas and planning a quiet time out in 2016. Best wishes to you for 2016
Sounds like a warmer than usual Christmas all round (37C for us today). Happy Christmas!
Phew – that would be too much for me! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas – a day ahead of ours!
A strange december indeed! We’re well on our way to record breaking rainfall here on the Pacific coast. All we can do is snuggle in, keep warm and enjoy the season whatever it throws at us!
Wishing you happy holidays!
Hope that’s just what you’re going to do – cocoon! All the best to you too for a great holiday season.
I’m sure it’s just a matter of time for your Canadian winter to show up. In the meantime enjoy the fair weather and have a very Merry Christmas.
Best wishes for you and your family too.
Merry Christmas! And I wish for you a Happy New Year!
Wish you and yours a Merry Christmas too!
The same to you and best wishes for 2016!
Love the photos! Romy and Ivy are handsome as always.
The snow level report here is hanging around 1000 feet today, possibly dropping to 500 feet tonight. It is possible we will wake up to snow tomorrow. Weather is cool and wet this December for the most part. Daffodils are up a couple of inches though!
Wishing you a peaceful white Christmas!