Thursday, 1 January 2015

Morning, New Year's Day 2015

A good start to 2015 with none of the lowering grey skies we've had too much of recently, but a frosty day with sun and clear blue skies; so went out with the camera.



Looking west-north west from the edge of our property over Eric's field of colza to the other side of the Aigronne valley in the distance.

Again looking north-west. The low morning sun is casting long shadows and has already melted the frost under the trees.

Looking towards the south east. Deer often come up from the wooded gully and then cross our land, heading to the copse to the west of our house.
Looking east-north east along the same gully as in the photo above. In the forefront is a small strip of hedge which juts out. The field carries on down to the gully just behind it.

Mistletoe berries dropped from one of the poplars lying amongst the frosted grass and leaves.

Not long after that we cooked our New Year's Day brunch - croissants, chipolata sausages from our local farmer, bacon and soft scrambled eggs.  All washed down with fresh orange juice and a glass of sparkling Vouvray - aptly named Cuvée Antoinette.


 

23 comments:

rusty duck said...

A very Happy New Year to you both.

GaynorB said...

Sounds like a terrific way to start a new year.

Bonne Année.

Susan said...

It's a fabulous day today isn't it! I had to take my coat off in the orchard -- the sun has some real warmth.

ladybird said...

Super photos! A 'cuvé' of your own, dear lady!? Can't think of a better way to start the New Year! I bet it was delicious. I simply love Vouvray bubbles!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Rusty - thanks, and to you.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor - after the grisaille we had so frequently to was just lovely to wake up to such a beautiful day.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Susan - absolutely! The south side of the house was 'mellow' with a bit of warmth.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Martine - So do I :-) spotted it on the SuperU shelves in Loches so we had to buy one for our brunch.

Aussie in France said...

Two wonderful sunny days - unbelievable at the moment, isn't it? We went to Chenonceau today.
I hope that 2015 will be good to you in every way.

chm said...

Happy New Year to you both!

Vera said...

Lovely photos, lovely looking bottle of plonk.....and wishing you all the best for 2015!

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year to you both x

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Aussie in France - back to grey today. Hope Chenonceau was lovely and quiet for you.
All good things for 2015
BTW the foie gras was superb :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@chm - and a very happy new year to you too. Wishing you health, peace and happiness for 2015.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Vera - All good things to you, Lester and your menagerie for 2015!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Colin & Elizabeth - and a very happy 2015 to the both of you too :-)!

Carolyn said...

Happy new year. We enjoy your blog and wish for you in 2015 the kind of adventures we'd like to have. That means nothing very exciting, but satisfying.

the fly in the web said...

Lovely photographs...let's hope that sunny day heralds a year of good weather!

Perpetua said...

Gorgeous photos. What a lovely area you live in. Your New Year brunch sounds perfect after all the rich Christmas food.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Carolyn - thanks! and... that will do us nicely :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - sadly it's been a return to the boringly familiar grisaille with the odd but of mizzling rain... :-(

Niall & Antoinette said...

@ Perpetua - It is lovely and there's always something to see.
Hope things are progressing well with your wrist.

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