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.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Frosty Day

Grass afield wears silver thatch;
Palings all are edged with rime;
Frost flowers pattern round the latch;
Cloud nor breeze dissolve the clime:

When the waves are solid floor,
And the clods are iron bound,
And the boughs are crystall'd hoar,
And the red leaf nailed aground.

When the fieldfare's flight is slow,
And a rosy vapour rim,
Now the sun is small and low,
Belts along the region dim.

When the ice-crack flies and flaws,
Shore to shore, with thunder shock,
Deeper than the evening daws,
Clearer than the village clock.

 When the rusty blackbird strips,
 Bunch by bunch, the coral thorn ;
 And the pale day-crescent dips,
 New to heaven, a slender horn.

 I thought this poem by Lord de Tabley (1835-1895) was quite appropriate for our current weather conditions:). We only have a light covering of snow here at the moment but apparently there's a good deal more to come this afternoon. The painting of the blackbird is by a Scottish artist called Archibald Thorburn(1860-1935). I really like his paintings of wildlife so you may be seeing more of them in the future.


Louise said...

Lovely post and beautiful photos. Is it snowing over there?!

the wild magnolia said...

winter wonders.

Pondside said...

A wonderful, shiver-inducing poem. I like the painting of the blackbird very much - I have a liking for all blackbirds, as they are generally very intelligent.

Kadeeae said...

Lovely and timely, thanks Rowan ;)

Mac n' Janet said...

Loved the poem and the pictures. Stay warm.

George said...

Beautiful images and a lovely poem, Rowan. I love these shallow dustings of snow. They make everything look as delicate as fine lacework.

Roy Norris said...

Yes I like the Blackbird painting D, very nice indeed.
I shall have to read up on the Artist.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Just lovely - the poem and the photos. Thank you. And stay warm!

val's alentejo said...

A great choice of poem for the heavy winter snow that you are getting over there.
I have just put another log on the fire):
The painting of the blackbird is lovely.
I have a family in my garden.
happy weekend Rowan.

WOL said...

Love the Joseph Farquharson painting. No snow for us here. In fact it's quite warm, 59F/15C, and dry, 30% humidity. A little breezy though at 19 mph/30 kph.

Stephen Prosser said...

Have just blogged on the weather myself. Threatening all night snow (though only reasonably light) over this area and late Sunday could see a huge incursion of snow from France. Then there is Monday and Tuesday. Love this time of year and love the beauty of snow and frost as it impacts with nature - though as Winter Watch revealed, this is a tough time for the wildlife.

Dartford Warbler said...

Beautiful pictures that go so well with the poem.

We are snowed in tonight and expecting more.....

Rosie said...

How delightful! I like the poem and it goes so well with your illustrations. We have lots of snow here and some unusual birds in the garden this morning:)

Granny Sue said...

A perfect start to my morning, Rowan. We've had an almost snow-less winter; I miss the beauty of the snow very much. Your frost is just as lovely; maybe we'll be so lucky one day.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Awww, frost, beautiful whisper of winter, how I adore thee. We get so little frost around these parts, snow being endlessly more common. Occasionally though one spots a little in the early morning hours of late fall or very early spring. Your photos here of it are all so peacefully lovely.

♥ Jessica

jill said...

Lovely post Rowan xx

Dog Trot Farm said...

Hi Rowan, what a lovely post with beautiful illustrations. Did you receive more snow? We here in Maine have a bit of everything, snow, ice, cood temperatures and the flu! Stay well my friend, Julie.

Rowan said...

Oldthings - apologies as I have managed to delete your comment instead of publishing it. That's the second time I've done that to a comment when using my phone so shall stick to moderating the comments on my laptop in future!