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Well we’re more than half way through the first month of 2017 and pre-spring is going reasonably well I have to say!

I took the above photo just after the man on the radio said we were covered in a blanket of snow, I had to laugh as the sky was brilliantly blue and there was no snow in sight.

I have to admit it did appear later that evening but it was only a dusting and it had almost all disappeared by the next morning thankfully…..and I hope that’s the end of it!!

In the house I’m surrounding myself with bulbs and its a joy to see these bright little yellow flowers open up.

I bought another pot at the weekend as I like to keep them coming.

I have finished the first batch of girls for 2017.

This little bunny has been appropriately named January and her dress is covered in shoots and buds, a hopeful sign of spring.

With her red shimmery dress and jewel button this little girl has been named Garnet……January’s birthstone!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so with hearts, flowers and love birds AND a ‘chocolate’ coloured cardie……please meet Cupid!

The final girl this time is Pink who got her name not just because she is pink but because the flower of the month for January is a carnation and carnations are also known as pinks!

All these girls will be listed in my Etsy shop on Wednesday 18th January at 9pm (GMT), more information on my animals can be found here.

Thanks as always for dropping in, enjoy the rest of January and keep looking for spring! 🙂

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Happy New Year everyone!!

I actually can’t believe how quickly 2016 flew by!

The above image is a collection of all my monthly collages on Instagram, as I said over on IG it was a year of ‘B’s”….blooms, bunnies, bears and a baby.

There were quite a few animals during 2016……61 in total all living in various places across the globe. A big thank you to everyone who gave one a home.

Of course without a doubt the highlight of 2016 was the birth of our granddaughter Amelie, words can’t express the joy she has brought to our lives.

And so on to 2017….I do love a bright shiny new year, I hope its a good one for us all.

I just love the words on the front of my new diary!

So with my best wishes for 2017, I’ll leave you with this hopeful image of little tete-a-tete daffodils on my dresser……….it’s pre-spring now you know!!!! 🙂

rome

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In my last post I mentioned that we were heading off on a little trip to Rome, well we’ve been there and back again, sadly as with all these things they go far, far too quickly but it was a fantastic trip and we really enjoyed it.

I thought I’d share some photos with you here on the blog today and I hope my IG friends don’t mind as they will have seen a lot of them before.

One of the first attractions on my list and I expect on any visitor to Rome’s list was the Colosseum……what a fantastic building and amazing considering how old it is.

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It is even more amazing on the inside…..so much history!

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And the views from the inside looking out were stunning.

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Another must see is the fabulous Trevi Fountain, we of course threw our coins in the fountain, as tradition dictates it will ensure your return to Rome.

During our visit to the fountain there were two marriage proposals, it was wonderful, the two couples got such a round of applause.

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These are the famous Spanish Steps, we arrived here just as the sun was setting which explains the lovely glow.

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Our visit to St Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica took a whole day.

Oh my….. the art, sculptures and history were amazing.

Seeing the works of Raphael and Michaelangelo was such a privilege and the Sistine Chapel has to be seen to be believed (sadly no photos allowed).

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I even managed to find a little rabbit sculpture in the Vatican!

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And ceilings, oh my goodness….Rome is very good at ceilings!!!

The top two images are the work of Raphael inside the Vatican, bottom left is inside the dome of St Peter’s Basilica and bottom right is the ceiling of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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The Pantheon, a former Roman Temple and now a church has been in constant use for almost 2000 years, such a fantastic building and the final resting place of the painter Raphael.

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When walking the streets of Rome, you are never far from an antiquity but without a doubt the best are to be found in the Roman Forum, this ancient site is fascinating.

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As you can see from the photos the weather was brilliant.

Along the banks of the River Tiber it looked like autumn but felt like summer.

Such a lovely city….I do hope that throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain does work, as I would love to return one day!

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However I’m back home again and I’ve been busy finishing off the last little batch of animals of 2016.

They will be listed in my Etsy shop on Wednesday 7th December at 9pm (GMT).

More info about them can be found here and larger images can be seen here.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you are having a calm count down to Christmas! 🙂