Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Wonderland


This was the sight that greeted me when I looked out of the window this morning. I knew it was going to snow during the night but I wasn't expecting this!


B Baggins and I set out for our morning walk regardless and we were rewarded by some really beautiful scenes. The snow was several inches deep so walking was quite hard work so we just went a short walk to some fields near home. It's a very ordinary field really but the snow transformed it into something truly beautiful. Thank you for all the concern re me and falling over - hopefully a combination of my trusty hazel staff and my Yak Traks will see me safely through! As for staying in Diane - one dog plus no DH = 3 walks a day for B Baggins and me I'm afraid!

Happily someone else had been there before us so that made it a bit easier to walk round - not that B Baggins has any trouble getting around in it, he absolutely loves the snow.


A magical entrance to the realm of the ice fairies.


Behind the high wall is Grove House built in the mid 1800s on the site of one of Totley's old water powered mills which was used for scythe making.


The dam that powered the mill was here, you can't see it in the photograph but Old Hay Brook runs along the line of the trees.

The kissing gate that leads onto an old pack horse bridge.

Well done chaps - home and breakfast!

22 comments:

Roy said...

Lovely scenes Rowan, BB is in his element.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Wow! It's beautiful Rowan! It's the perfect mood setter for Christmas!

Hollace said...

Wow, that is so beautiful. It looks movie-perfect, the roof and gables of the Grove House in the distance. I'm glad you had your camera, but be careful not to slip this year!

WOL said...

I maintain that the best way to deal with snow is to view it through a window. . .!
Bundle up, stay warm, and always carry your cellphone (if you have one) with you on walks. (This is based on the principle that if you have it, you won't need it.)

Not cold enough to snow here (41F/5C), and at 34% humidity, no chance of any precip.

Janet said...

Brrr! That looks so cold. The only snow we have is on the surrounding mountaintops far off in the distance.

George said...

How beautiful, Rowan, and I know that B Baggins loved it. I'm surprised somewhat to see that you get that much snow in England.

Bovey Belle said...

You had a lot more snow than us (T&J now snowed-in at Bakewell!) What absolutely STUNNING photos - I really wanted to be on that walk with you and BB.

lila said...

I saw on the weather channel here in Arkansas that you were having an early heavy snowfall. Your photos are lovely and bravo for going for your walk!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Lovely walk - I especially liked the ice fairies. Thanks for taking us along - now for a nice hot cup of tea.

The Summer Porch said...

You mean to tell me you have snow? I thought in the earlier post you were wishing for it.:) How stunning. I especially want to enter into the ice fairies...
Rosemary...
P.S. Your pretty amazing with that camera!

Wanda..... said...

I remember from last winter how beautiful your snow covered garden and walking paths are, Rowan. I have never seen a kissing gate before. I'm anxious for a heavy snowfall to transform my world this winter! Lovely post!

Morning's Minion said...

I hope that's the fluffy sort of snow which is nice to walk in--not the icey kind that snaps the tree branches.
What an intriguing thought--to send the man of the house somewhere else so that you can get on with cleaning. The care and feeding of menfolk does take much time and thought.

Monique Elisabeth said...

Beautiful pictures !!!!
B Baggins also loves the snow I see, Charlie too, eventhough she has problems with her legs, she's like a young puppy when she sees snow.
Have a wonderful day.

Diane said...

What super pictures Rowan - you'll have to tell me where that walk is as it looks lovely. xxxxx

Mac n' Janet said...

Brr!! It's been in the 70's and finally dropped to the 50's and i feel cold! Haven't been around much snow except when we lived in Colorado.

Granny Sue said...

Beautiful! We only have a tiny bit on the ground, but it's a start. Your photos are just perfect--Mr. B. Baggins seems quite happy about the snow.

Sheila said...

Truly a winter wonderland Rowan.
The photos are beautiful. You have more snow than we do. In fact it has only begun this morning, but makes everything look so magical.
Mr. Baggins looks full of beans..
;o)

debbie bailey said...

Beautiful! I'd love to look out my window and see such a sight. It's only snowed here once in the last eleven years. There's always hope! Enjoy the beauty.

Gracie said...

How beautiful is the fresh snow in the countryside? I just love your photos, thanks for bringing me there with both of you!

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

beautiful! i love it when its frosty or snowy. we have rain today so most of the snow and ice has gone overnight. but seeng the weather its supposed to go back to freezing very soon.

ruthie said...

Magical photographs Rowan! Isn't it beautiful, sad to say the snow here has been so light, which is most unusual for this wee corner of scotland! x

Mary said...

Such a beautiful sight - nothing beats the first snow.......and we had ours yesterday which was so early here in the south.