We are back home for a week or so before heading back to the cottage for what will be also be a week or so — there goes most of January, folks. Wasn't that quick and painless? I have sort of caught up with blogs but must confess that much of my catching up involved some pretty quick skimming. It's not that I can't access your blogs from the cottage, but I can't always spend a lot of time tying up the phone line, especially when Cuppa and I are not there on our own.
In a day or two, I must tell you about what the near catastrophe that awaited us back here. Not to worry; I did say near, and they say (good old them) that a miss is as good as a mile.
Meanwhile, here are two more photos for your viewing pleasure. The first is a view from one of the cottage windows. Don't get too jealous because it's a small window that is usually fogged up with much condensation in winter. However, as I said before, the cottage was cold when we got there, and, when I took the pic, there wasn't yet enough warmth to cause condensation.
The second is pretty obvious: a branch and its bud, next spring's leaf, caught in winter's icy grip.