I quite enjoy the time between Christmas and New Year; the fuss of preparations and Christmas Day etc is over, and it’s the right time for a few days of doing exactly what you want. I usually still do a little work, which I invariably enjoy more as the pressure is off, and I try to fit in a couple of local outings too.
It’s been raining rather a lot, to say the least, so when we went to the Botanical Gardens here in Birmingham for a couple of hours yesterday I thought we would mostly be in the hot houses with a brief scoot around the gardens in the rain. It was very quiet there, I imagine people were fighting in the sales, but we had a lucky hour of amazing sun to walk around in what felt like our own grounds.
The carp are wonderful, very cheeky, and huge. The pond in the hottest house has been cleared so the view of them was even better than usual. Not an amazing image of them but I so like the reflections too.
Have a good New Year, back soon!