The return of the random!

December 20, 2013

Life here at West Cottage is pretty low key and less stressy than in Vancouver that’s for sure. The birds have found the bird feeders to our delight and, in the mornings, there can be five or six blue tits and the garden robin on them or on the tree they hang from.

They have started to sing a little in the mornings which is just lovely. And we love every morning that starts with sunshine, no matter if it clouds up later, because sunny mornings somehow always make the day better.
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Do you like interesting names for things/places/people? I love them. How’s this for the best restaurant name in the world? It just seems so very friendly.

Also saw a restaurant called “EVO LUZ IONE” Evolution? I thought so. Cool…huh?
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Robert is the prince of photobombing! I’m telling you, just try to take a serious arty photo with him around… 😀
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I love images and usually collect postcards for no reason at all except that I want to possess the images. I picked out ten at the V&A and as I was standing at the post card wall there was a man behind me talking to his wife. He said, “Why do you want all them post cards then?” And she said, “I don’t know, I just like having them around” He muttered something about a waste of money/time, and I turned to his long suffering wife and said, “I love having them around too.” 🙂 She was happy to have the support and smiled a big, broad smile at me.
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A peacock butterfly has decided to hibernate on the upstairs hallway lamp and the UK Butterfly Preservation Society tells us we have to be cruel to be kind and hoik it out of the house. 🙁 I’m worried about that. Apparently we’re supposed to put it into a log pile or somewhere but I’m so worried that a mouse or rat or hedgehog will come and eat it. What to do, what to do?
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Linking with Nancy and looking forward to catching up on all the randomness with everyone.

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Doing my patriotic duty for Britain

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34 Comments

  • Reply Mascha December 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Oh could I also liked: Christmas in UK!
    The cards are beautiful and very inspiring, I also collect pictures and buy postcards only for me … At the light, I had no sleeping butterfly, but on the storage they are often on the ceiling and I make sure not accidentally wake up – he would just freeze. I would not leave lit the lamp, so it is not too hot, just other mobile lamp up there and let him.
    We celebrate tomorrow Solstice entirely on our way, go out into the forest, in the mountains (I do not know if I talk about it in the blog), my love then travels to Berlin to his parents (they are old and it is good when he is with them) and until 26 he is here again. I’ll have it cozy with the cat –
    Merry Christmas 🙂

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I think you would Mascha. I’m glad you’ll be having family over. Oh yeah, I forgot solstice. Thank goodness the days will start to get longer now. 🙂

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow December 20, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I wonder if your tits are the little bird that we call titmice over here. They have a blue-ish gray shade to them. I have a few pictures of them on my blog. They love suet and a bird bell that I hang for them and I know when they have arrived as they are quite vocal.
    Bring a log IN for the butterfly ? 🙂 ?

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Very close Deb. The tits are relatives of our North American chickadees. Robert and I had a look at your lovely photo and Robert said, “is that for real? It looks like a toy…lol” Such a cutie.

  • Reply dianecayton December 20, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Oh how sad for the woman buying the post cards. It’s hard when a spouse does not support what the other finds so amazing and beautiful. 🙁

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

      I thought so too Diane, and that’s why I went to the trouble to reassure her. Then you know what I thought? Bet her husband doesn’t think anything of spending that £3 (about $4.50) on a latte or a beer!

  • Reply lcrilley December 20, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I’m wondering what type of bird a blue tit is. I’m thinking of putting our bird feeder up as the visual you created sounds quite lovely. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Hi Lisa, that is a relative of our North American chickadee. (PS. warning: don’t look up British-bird-tit on google…oh my!) I think it’s a great idea to put up a bird feeder. Such a joy to watch the little guys. 🙂

  • Reply Beth December 20, 2013 at 3:38 am

    i love the world Banter … Merry Christmas!! have a great weekend. was that a lamp? cool design. ( :

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Me too, seems like the best place for fun. It is our hallway lamp. Robert picked it out. Actually, he picked out three; this golden one for the hall, a green one for one bedroom and a blue one for another bedroom. They throw off the loveliest light. Merry Christmas to you too Elizabeth. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Lavern December 20, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I, too, love to see sunshine in the mornings. It creates a great tone for the day.

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    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Isn’t it just so true Rachel. It’s not nearly the same if the sun comes out in the afternoon, is it? 🙂

  • Reply Snap December 20, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I love postcards — easily collectable — some for memories — some just because! Photo bombing at its best! Fun! Great name for a restaurant — very clever. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

      We all secretly love post cards it seems. Merry Christmas to you too Snap. 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie December 20, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I have a box full of postcards – old ones, new ones and artsy ones. It’s fun to look through them. I passes a new hair salon called Hot Heads. The name just stuck in my mind as being rather clever.

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

      I’d go there too Stephanie. I love Hot Heads. I saw one called Curl up and Dye. 🙂 Yay, another post card friend.

  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal December 20, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Smiled at your photo-bombing hubby 🙂

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

      He’s such a keeper…lol 🙂

  • Reply Maggid December 20, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Only recently have i learned the term “photo bombing” – your sweetie looks fun.
    “Scoff & Banter” – wonder what they choose to serve. I’d stop in, for sure.
    yep, i collect post cards, too – and i ask people to send, or bring me one when they travel (although, they rarely do . I think they assume I’m joking.)
    Happy Happy to YOU!!!

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

      I’m so happy to hear loads of people collect post cards. Such lovely little jewels of images. Scoff and Banter bills themselves as Great Britain on a Plate…lol. Happy Christmas Maggid. 🙂

  • Reply Daryl December 20, 2013 at 5:52 am

    i suspect that butterfly will adjust and be fine .. if not, well its all about the circle of life,no?

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Robert said so too because the house is brick and quite cool. (sigh) I know, but don’t want the little thing to wake up and use its energy.

  • Reply Karen, Pixel Posts December 20, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I think I would move the butterfly! Love the shot of your husband peeking from behind the sanwhich.

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Hi Karen, I think we’ve determined to move the butterfly to the tool shed somewhere sheltered and easy to escape come spring. Robert’s the cutest, isn’t he? 😀 PS. Robert says “not husband, romantic better alternative!” 😀

  • Reply augcott December 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Sunshine in the morning is the best!!!! It does set the tone for the rest of the day. 😀
    LOL……that Robert!!!
    Awesome restaurant name!
    diane @ aug’s blog

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Hi Diane, So true about the tone of the day; I was just thinking that same thing. 🙂 No matter how many photos he bombs, Robert is such a keeper!

  • Reply Sara v December 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Morning sunshine is fabulous–especially for photography, but also for just starting the day off on positive. That butterfly looks beautiful on your lamp. They don’t live very long, but if you keep it inside, they don’t get a chance to find a mate and make more pretty butterflies, so should probably let it go in the woodpile 🙂

    • Reply Veronica December 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

      I know Sara. This guy has to over-winter and go mate next spring…then he will die anyway. But maybe we’ll take him out to the shed and put him somewhere in the shelter there. 🙂

  • Reply Buttons December 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Oh I love old postcards too and yours are lovely. Your photos make me smile they are beautiful. B

  • Reply IcyBC December 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

    My sons are just like your husband when they see the camera pointing at them..They made goofy faces all the time 🙂
    Having birds around is so much fun to see, and used to collect post cards too when I am at a new place..

  • Reply vastlycurious.com December 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I enjoyed the Random.

  • Reply sharonodegaard December 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I love that you collect postcards. I look at them in antique stores and at yard sales, but I’ve never bought any. You inspire me to do so in the future! Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Reply michellepond December 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I love the Scoff and Banter. Isn’t that what we do in restaurants while we are eating? What are the winters like in England?

    • Reply Veronica December 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Exactly right Michelle. 🙂 The weather is pretty much the same as my West Coast. Right now it’s ever so blustery and raining with highs of about +6 and lows of +2. There was actually some snow in Van yesterday, C showed us on skype, but it’s all melted now. 🙂

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