Walking for Health

First of all some beautiful spring flowers
just because they're so joyful!

Then on the homefront, a new crochet project which goes by the name of
Granny Rose Heart Pillow.
Please visit the Astri's lovely blog for this latest pattern

Isn't it beautiful?
I'm waiting for my heart-shaped pillow to arrive so that I can continue this exciting project.

Now about the walking.
Three years' ago, I bought some really comfortable walking shoes
when I did the Lausanne Walking Event
and the Quarter Marathon.
That was a good experience and my daughter came with me too
even though she normally prefers running!

Studies have been done to show that walking briskly for 30 minutes
every day is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our bodies
and our morale.
It has been found that this type of exercise lowers blood pressure, 
reduces cholesterol and helps maintain a healthy weight.
I took my pocket camera with me to take this photo in a door with a mirror incorporated.
I rather liked the fact that the Christmas decorations were still up!

Regular brisk walking strengthens bones and muscles
improves balance and coordination
helps prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

A beautiful and very colourful sunrise which I captured from the end of my balcony.

My Amaryllis blooms have been beautiful this year. This is the last plant of the year.
I love watching the different stages of opening.

Each day a little more

Until all four buds opened up.

A single tiny leaf in the late afternoon sunshine.

Seedpods blowing in the wind

Fluffy 'Old Man's Beard'

I love passing the railings on my walking circuit
especially in the late afternoon when all these cheerful little lights come on.

All these scenes from my walking outings.

I'm progressing with my January Sunrise blanket.
One square a day and there are currently 21 squares with three more
ready to join.
I'm really enjoying this project.

There will be others to show in my next blog entry.
These cold winter's days are perfect for doing crochet or any other kind of handiwork.

My tiny indoor window box of miniature daffodils is nearly over.

Somehow, the month of January needs the cheerful colours of flowers
that are made available to us.

Are you filling this long month of January with all the things you love?

The Colours of January

The illuminated Lausanne Cathedral
as the bells rang out to celebrate the New Year!
The crowds were dense, but we found a bench to sip our mulled wine
which I had made at home and put into thermos mugs!

The tower was bathed in a deep blue light afterwards
and the crowds dispersed to continue their celebration
or to go home
I'm not a night owl, so I did the latter!

A delicate sunrise taken from my balcony with the cock on the church steeple.

I enjoy my daily walks and loved these tiny oval red berries
hanging on the branches like Christmas lights.

The centre of a beautiful Amaryllis bloom which opened up on Christmas morning.

A late afternoon walk with sun-kissed branches and a waxing moon
rising higher in the sky.

I decided to crochet a Temperature Blanket for the very first time.
These are the colours that represent the temperatures in the first seven days of January.
Cool colours, which are my favourites.
The average daytime temperature has been around 6-7 Celsius.
The dominating colours so far are Wisteria and Sherbet.

The middle round of the small squares is the coolest temperature of the day 
and the second round is the warmest.
I'm using white to join all the squares.

I couldn't resist getting a small pot of sunshine in the shape of these yellow Primula.

My daughter and I went to see the new film version of the musical 'Cats'.
It was very good. The costumes and settings were wonderful!
We had already seen it in London some years ago on the stage.

The Magnolia buds look very promising against the Winter's sky.

A small perfect rosebud was still blooming in one of the neighbourhood gardens.

Tightly encased catkins still know that they have to wait a little longer
before stretching their limbs!
I have used this image for my January header.
It's a subtle reminder that Spring follows Winter.

More catkins in the park nearby against a gorgeous limpid blue sky.

Another beautiful sunrise in shades of pink, blue, lilac and purple.

This one inspired me to take out my coloured yarns to start a separate crochet project

Here are all the colours.
Seven squares already joined in a row.
I'm considering adding single coloured squares to frame the others.
I've chosen Bluebell to do this.

This month of January is full of new energy
and we're already gaining an extra minute every day.

We are getting some grey days but a generous amount of sunshine and clear blue skies as well.
January doesn't need to be dull
it can be whatever we want it to be!
We just need to seek out the colour and beauty around us
and if we can't see any ...
well, let's just create it!

Christmas Eve 2019

My front door wreath.
A knitted snowman and crocheted red wreath cover.

Only two blog entries for this month of December. It was difficult to choose what to
include and what to leave out!

Well I have been taking a great many photographs
and also been crocheting a lot too.

At the beginning of the month, we went to stay in the city of Zürich
where they had very pretty Christmas lights and a lovely Christmas Market.

Many of the stalls had beautiful handmade items.

There were beautiful decorated braziers dotted around the big square.
Perfect to warm our frozen hands!
We drank mulled wine which we put into thermos mugs to keep warm!

I got my Christmas mail off early and chose my prettiest stamps
and reviewed my Christmas card list.

I hung up some Christmas baubles.
This one was bought in Zürich.
I liked the snowy scene with trees.

A collage of this year's Swarovski star.
They come out with a new one every year.

The first Amaryllis plant gave four beautiful blooms

The details are so beautiful when I use my macro lens.

A while back, I started a giant granny square couch throw. I used chunky yarn to make it snug.
I was using up some balls that I had lurking in my huge stock!
I still needed two new balls to get the size I desired.
Teddy is wearing his new orange jacket too.

Here is the finished throw.
It measures 136 cm square. I could make it a bit bigger, but it is very manageable this size.
Teddy also got a new blanket to match his jacket!

The different crocheted elements I made for the garland above.

The Christmas cookies have been made and stored in a tin.
They are melt-in-the-mouth Viennese Crescents, made with ground almonds and vanilla.
The angel was made a few years' ago.
She usually tops the small Christmas Tree!

Here she is in her place of honour,
bathed in golden light

My tiny tree, just perfect for the space I have available!
This year, the decorations are mostly white with a discreet touch of red here and there.
There are butterflies and birds and tiny angels.
Everything with wings this year!

Luckily, there were some beautiful sunny days with pure blue skies
 and fresh snow on the mountain peaks.
This was taken from the upper part of my neighbourhood with my biggest zoom lens.

Christmas stars waiting for the Christmas tree!

Candlelight, a crocheted Christmas doily and tiny elf set the seasonal atmosphere!

A crystal Gingerbread House
lit by candlelight.

A Christmas collage which includes the tiny Gingerbread House,
A Christmas Carol, the classic by Charles Dickens
which I shall be reading over this Christmas period.
The cookie tin with an English snow scene
and a Christmas card.

There was a beautiful projected Sound and Light show in the centre of town
on the facade of the lovely old Town Hall.

This was my favourite projection

This was the last scene of the continuous scenes we saw during the fifteen minutes of the show.

The bauble I chose as my blog header for the month of December.
I also found this one in the Christmas Market in Zürich.

As a last photo, I include this one taken of the Lausanne Cathedral
tower and spire in the early evening.

All my very best wishes to all the friends and family who come here to visit
highlights of my life in photography.
Your visits and kind comments are so heart warming.
Thank you!