Archive for December, 2009

The Moon

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I’m facinated by the Moon. I try to study it as much as I can, and I’d love to be able to take a really good photo of it. I haven’t got the equipment to be able to take a really good shot, but using my Canon PowerShot SX200 IS I’ve managed to take a shot that I’m pleased with.

This camera has 12 x optical zoom but using digital zoom as well, I can go to 48 x. I took lots of shots at different zoom lengths and I think this would be around 30 x, according to my camera. The Moon is 87% illuminated and craters can be seen on the terminator, although it is a little bit blurry there. I’ll keep trying to see if I can get a better shot.

The frustrating thing about trying to study and photograph the Moon is that it’s often cloudy or raining so the Moon is hidden. When it can be seen, it’s because it’s lovely and clear, and in the Winter that means that it’s very cold to be outside. But if I could get a good photo, it would be worth it!

Waxing gibbous Moon

Winter rose

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We’ve had some really cold weather lately. The road I live on has been a thick sheet of ice for over a week, and we’ve had severe frost and snow. So I was quite surprised to find a beautiful pink rose growing in my garden!

I don’t think I’ve ever had a rose flowering at the end of December before, so it was rather special, especially as it was flowering for Christmas.

One morning I found it covered in snow, but it was still beautiful. The cold weather and the snow hadn’t killed it. It must be a very special hardy version. I hope it comes back again next winter.

Winter rose

Feeling Christmassy

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I’ve started to feel Christmassy now. The lights and decorations being up don’t do it, because they’re up in time for my Birthday, and that’s what they make me think of. What’s made me feel like is a Christmas play and a flower arrangement.

The children from the local Primary School did three performances of their play, and the people of the village were invited to one of them, so I decided to go along. It was really good. Very well organised and performed. It had a Christian Christmas theme, although it wasn’t a nativity play. All sorts of things had been woven into it, including a version of X Factor! One of the acts was two young boys singing. They introduced themselves ‘I’m George, and he’s Henry, so we’re called Genry.’ I love it when topical popular things are included in something traditional, and of course they both sang a lot better than Jedward!!

Every year I’m invited to help decorate my local Church ready for Christmas. Lots of people help and we have a large flower arrangement on all the windowsills. I really enjoy doing them because I like doing things big and there’s lots of space I can use. I had some red baubles that I don’t use because I like to use purple, turquoise and silver on my Christmas Tree, so I decided to wire them and use them. I like the result. I think it’s worked well. The candles at the sides will be lit for the Christmas services..

So I’m definately feeling more like Christmas now, especially as I’ve had another couple of mince pies.

Christmas flower arrangement

Mince pies

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I don’t really like pastry, unless it’s very light and thin and crunchy, like the pie I had on my birthday. But I do like Christmas cake and Christmas pudding and things made with mincemeat. I avoid shop bought mince pies because the pastry can be very stodgy and there’s not usually much mincemeat in them.

But I do like to have one or two mince pies during the Christmas season, as they’re a very Christmassy thing, but I choose them carefully. Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a home made one, my first one this year. I had it warm, and the pastry was lovely and light with a bit of crunch to it. The mincemeat was lovely, very Christmassy.

Now I’ve had my first mince pie of the season, it feels like Christmas. I might have one or two more before the end of the year.