Yes, I have been away for a while. Blogging along with other things in my life, are difficult to get done at this time of year. It seems I am effected by 'Seasonal affective disorder' (Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in spring and summer, you may have SAD.)
I become rather depressed, and not motivated to do all that I usually enjoy. For me, this disorder is all brought about by the dull, sunless days of winter.
Today, I pushed myself to go outside and take a look at my garden. I was surprised to find these few flowers still blooming. Cheered me up no end.