Yes, you're right Viv - it really does feel like the morning after the night before. In my case, of course, it is! Barry and Jean - my brother and sister-in-law - came over last night and we all over-indulged in birthday party treats and sparkly pink alcoholic stuff (which went down very nicely; too nicely, in fact). I'm told that the picture above was taken just before my partner and party guests put me to bed.
I am genuinely surprised that I managed to get to work this morning at all. If the 'live' half-hour sounded a little...er....ropey - well, now you know why.
The two pictures above are the first two '1 o'clock' pictures - mine and Viv's. (For an explanation of what '1 o'clock' pictures are, see blogpostings passim). I happened to be passing through Philadelphia at 1300 and stopped to take the photograph. The terrace of miners' houses is unique and a preserved site because, as you can see, it's the only terrace in England with a built-in chapel!
Viv obviously loves the birds. Let's hope they've survived the cold snap OK.
And don't forget to look out for waxwings. Apparently, it's going to be a good 'waxwing winter' and they've already started to arrive. They like human company and often flock in public parks, supermarket car parks, private gardens.....
This weekend's programmes have already been prerecorded. I am on leave until next Thursday, 11 December.
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