Archive for January, 2011

Clear skies

Friday, January 21st, 2011

After a freezing cold snowy icy December, January has been a little bit warmer with a few sunny days that were a bit like Spring! It’s gone back to being cold and icy now though. It’s cold to go out, and sometimes it’s slippery underfoot, but it can look very beautiful when it’s frosty or foggy.

The other advantage to the cold weather is that it often means clear skies, so that I get a chance to take photos of the Moon. I’ve managed to capture it quite a few times this month so far, and it’s only just half way through it’s journey from new Moon through it’s first quarter, full Moon, second quarter and back to new again.

This photo was taken on the evening before the Moon was full.

A nearly full Moon

Hot Chocolate

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Hot Chocolate

I was out for the afternoon with my friend Jenny. We had called in to a local garden centre to have a look round and decided it was time for a drink.

I looked at the menu and as it was quite cold, I decided I’d have a nice hot comforting Hot Chocolate. I checked the price and saw that it was the usual sort of price for a nice big mug of steaming deliciousness.

But when it arrived, I was very disappointed. It was in a tiny cup, that wasn’t full, and the froth on the top took up half the space in the cup, leaving two mouthfuls of liquid. It was absolutely delicious, but gone so quickly!

I decided that I would say something. If a cafe is going to charge the normal price that everywhere else charges, then they should make it clear on the menu if it’s not the same size as everywhere else. So I went to the counter and explained. The young lady asked me to show her the cup and then told me that I’d been given the wrong size. It should have been a mug, but I’d been given a half size cup, so she refunded me half of the money I’d been charged.

It wasn’t until I thought about it later that I realised I should have asked for all of the money back, because I certainly didn’t get half a mugful. Oh well, you learn by experience and hindsight is a wonderful thing! I’ll be alert if I ever visit that garden centre again!

Welcome to 2011

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2011

The first year of the new decade is over, and a new one has started. I don’t usually make New Year resolutions because if I do they don’t last long! But the start of new year does make me think and wonder if I can do things any better.

One thing I’d like to do is to stop being a procrastinator and do things straight away rather than put them off until tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes!