Well here we are in 2011, so I thought I would start the year with a wee look back on some of my 2010. In the blogging world it's been a year turmoil. Many of us here on Blogger (and indeed at Wordpress) were evicted from Windows Live Spaces half way through the year (or in some cases, including mine, jumped ship before it went down). For me the site change has signalled an improvement in blogging and I have been joined here by a number of fellow WLS refugees as well as a number of new friends already at Blogger. Most of the pictures over the next few blogs (there should be about half a dozen in the next few days) are from my old defunct blog which some of you may recognise but there might also be the odd new one. Before I start, I hope the new year finds you healthy (being the 1st of the year, I don't count a small headache as unhealthy) and I wish you all well for 2011.
Here on Britania the weather has been high on the news front for the year and the first few months of the year saw some of the coldest snowiest weather we've seen for years. Not to be outdone, November and December turned up some even colder weather and we've effectively had a year with two winters.
In January I passed through London and found The Lake in St James Park frozen over......
.....and the fountains in Trafalger Square.
A few days later in Calne, I actually found some snow. For a man on Shank's pony without a journey to make, it's quite delightful and picturesque.
The cold weather didn't last and as some compensation we were blessed with a very reasonable Spring and Summer. For most of the good Summer weather I was still down in Wiltshire - a county that really doesn't need the assistance of being covered in snow to make it look good.
A couple of cracking days were spent wandering around Chippenham for the folk festival late in May- I managed to top up my Morris bank to keep me going on that front for quite some time.
May also saw the demise of my old camera, which, on a slightly cheerier note, saw the arrival of my new camera, which is a cleverer machine than the old one. This butterfly seemed to think so and sat quite still for me as I poked the lens into his face.
And it has a much mightier zoom than the last one. This picture of the Cherhill white horse was taken from several miles away.
Even hot enought for ice cream at times!