Is December going to be snowy again?
Looking back through the last few years images, taken over the December- January period the one key element in them has been the snow. In fact lots of snow and so at fullersfolio.co.uk we have chosen snow as our theme for December 2012 digital wallpaper
December 2012 Digital Wallpaper
Taking pictures in the snow in the dark
Though we often seem to get quite a bit of snow around the turn of the year in the North Tyne, actually being able to photograph it is another thing. It either comes down when it is dark, or so thick that it is hard to take.
Kielder in the Snow
But when it does stop for a bit and the trusty snow plough has been along one can then get out to view the magical world which awaits.
New Kielder Resident
Sometimes even a mysterious being appears at the side of the road.
Though cars are few and far between.
The snow quickly builds up in the wind leaving the tops of the fence just peeping through.
December 2012 Digital Wallpaper
But then following an energetic walk images like the one we have chosen for the December calendar month are revealed.
We hope you like our choice of free snowy December wallpaper taken in the North Tyne a couple of years ago. Hopefully we have included all common screen size combinations, so you can enjoy it too, over this coming month. There are more free digital wallpapers to be found here...
This is my review of the book Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith
When I was reading this I asked Pauline, which characters do you like best, and interestingly though we did overlap on some others also appealed. This is what makes this series of books so clever, they appeal to lovers of different genres of writing equally.
One of the characters that we both agreed was a favourite, was Bertie. Maybe an alternative title of this should have been Bertie's adventures in Paris, or even his encounter with the police. The characters are so rich that though there is no beginning and end that does not matter. It is a humorous tapestry of life, that could just be real.
So having said all that – which bits appealed to me most. Matthew and the Glasgow gangsters – Aloysius O'Conner. Bertie-Pierre de-constructing Jean- Francois Francois with the principles of flight. The kidnapping of Cyril and his subsequent repatriation were I thought some of the best bits.
All in all this was a very enjoyable book, and I look forward to reading the next one. This was book 39 week 27 fiction 37 (11 on audio) non fiction 2
Summary -This is my review of the book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by by Arthur Conan Doyle
I listened to this as a Librivox recording over the last few days whilst I have been coding a website. One of the enjoyable things is that evidently over the years I have either heard, seen or read some of these stories before, as I was able to sort of recognise the stories as I listened to them. It then became a must to have guessed the result before the reveal and get points if I got it right. (I got more right than wrong).
It is claimed that the title character of Sherlock Holmes was named after famous American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes. The stories were originally published in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. They were then collected together into a book of 12 stories as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
I found these an enjoyable distraction and will listen to some more. This was book 38 week 26 fiction 36 (11 on audio) non fiction 2
Oat and Apricot Cookies Recipe
This is my take on a popular simple recipe for Oat Cookies, making around 16 cookies
This is my review of Elizabeth George's book – With No One as Witness. What a mega tome – over 650 pages of twists and plots. A very different sort of book as the majority of it was about the lives of the three main detectives leading the murder hunt.
This is the continuing saga of Acting Superintendent Lynley and Barbara Havers who is now reinstated. Could be described as a venn diagram of plots and twists all based around a central serial killer (and a serial killer copycat, just for extra complication). This leads to an epidemic of killings, the last of which is a very sad tragedy.
Elizabeth manges to bring her characters life and makes one really feel for them as they try and do their job, in very difficult circumstances, whilst bringing humour into the mix as well. I think the scene where Barbara saves a life with a frying pan is brilliant – Also the discussion about parking the Bentley and not wanting to scratch it – Plus all the comments about the tabloid reporter but cant say too much more otherwise would ruin the plot.
A good book and an enjoyable read on the whole, though parts were not that pleasant, but if one is talking about a serial killer then the serial killings are not going to be pleasant so it is to be expected.
- book 37 week 25 fiction 35 (10 on audio) non fiction 2
Autumn Mists over Kielder Water
Recently on one of the few days when it has not been raining I was driving past Kielder water and was able to capture these fantastic images, and this article gives some more insight into them.
Sunrise over a Frosty Autumn Kielder Water
It was early in the morning, just after 7am and the sun had just risen over the tree line and provides a fantastic lighting colour as it is reflected on the water
Misty Autumn Morning over Kielder Water
The early morning sun highlights the mist rising from the water
Jet Trails in Misty Autumn Skies over Kielder Water
Moving to a new location and after a while the sky opens up to reveal a blue vista with these jet streams crossing
Misty Autumn Skies over Kielder Water
In this image one can see small broken ice floating on the water in the foreground, with the mist rising in the distance.
All in all I was very fortunate to be passing at just the right time, when the temperature and sun were just correct to produce these amazing conditions.
Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne
Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar Michel Strogoff is a novel written by Jules Verne in1876. I listened to it as a librivox recording
Michael was a courier for Czar Alexander II, who is sent from Moscow to the besieged city of Irkutsk, where the governor, brother of the Czar, has taken his last stand against a Tartar rebellion led by the fearsome Feofar-Khan. When telegraph lines are cut between the Russian Far East and the mainland, Strogoff must make his way through hostile territory to warn the governor of the return of the traitor Ivan Ogareff, a disgraced former officer who seeks vengeance against the Tsar’s family by the destruction of Irkutsk
Sadly things go wrong for Michael and he suffers terribly. Jules goes into great detail describing the journey across the country and the cruelty poured out by the Tartar rebellion. It made very interesting listening as an account of live in at the time. Made even the more so as we listened to it travelling up and down the motorway, and able to compare the two different modes of transport.
An enjoyable book that is readily recommended. The web claims that critics consider this one of Jules' finest books.
An enjoyable read as book 36 week 25 fiction 34 (10 on audio) non fiction 2
Chocolate Brownie – Low Fat Recipe
_ We have now made these several times and their only fault is that they taste delicious so you want to eat more of them
Optional extra - can add 70 gms 2.5 oz chopped dark chocolate to the mixture
Old Wooden Fishermans Shed with Nets Drying on Roof
This month on fullersfolio we have launched a "New" Shed image collection
For quite some time now as I have been travelling around I have been capturing images of huts, shed and other similar structures. Our landscape seems to be littered with such buildings.
Wooden Fishermans Shed on Dungeness Beach
Some are in pretty poor repair and others considerably better
Fishing Net Sheds at Hastings
So we decided to celebrate trading for 6 months that we would send the time collecting together some of these images and putting them up as a “new collection”
Fishermans Shed on Dungeness Beach
Of course the irony is that in the majority of cases the sheds are far from new.
Old Shed near Greenhaugh
We hope you like this collection and we will be adding to it as and when we have the time.
Split Second by David Baldacci
I know that I have already read First Family by David Baldacci and reading Split Second is reading them in the wrong order. But prequels are all the rage. This book gives the story of how our two detectives start working together.I did not think that it mattered that I had read a book that comes later in the series before reading this book.
The two heroes of the story are Sean King and Michelle Maxwel and they both were working for the Presidential Protection Service when things go wrong on their respective watch's. Even though there is an eight year gap between events, it comes to light that they are linked together, and the plot weaves an intricate pattern slowly revealing how.
The story evolves, like slowly peeling back the skin of an onion, and manages to keep one guessing right to the end. The only thing that is certain is that our heroes will be OK, even though everyone is out to get them as we know they are in the next book.
An enjoyable read as book 35 week 24 fiction 33 (9 on audio) non fiction 2
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