This is going to sound horribly, horribly familiar - but the lack of posts is once again due to camera failure.
For a while the gap was because it rained whenever I had time to take photos. Then, just before Christmas, I went to look for street-plants. Every picture, every one of them, came out out-of-focus. Were my hands shaking? Perhaps I was sickening for something even though I didn't feel ill?
But I didn't get ill.
So, this morning, with Christmas and New Year festivities behind us, off I trotted. But once again every photo was out of focus. If it weren't for a familiar little symbol flashing in the corner of the screen, I might have blamed cold hands . . . but I can avoid it no longer. That little symbol means the camera is breaking. Soon, the lens will stop retracting, or retract when it shouldn't - despite the incredible care I take of it. And you bet I take care of it! It's my most expensive possession.
This camera takes wonderful photographs as long as it's in full health. But it runs into trouble too easily. Tomorrow I'll phone Canon and see about getting it sorted once more. Expense means I can't buy a new one. Expense may mean I can't get this one repaired either. We'll see.
Meanwhile . . .
I hope you have all had a very happy Christmas and will now enjoy a wonderful 2017. It's probably too much to hope for peace in the world but I think it not unreasonable to wish you, you personally, well - that you may be at peace with yourselves and be healthier than my camera is! And may you have the self-control not to get wildly cross if yours breaks - a state of being which I have not yet achieved.
Best wishes folks.