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, February 05, 2013

Snow Again


"If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
 Winter will have another flight."

 The old saying has proved to be true! Saturday February 2nd was a beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies but this morning I woke up to a white world and B Baggins and I came back from our walk looking like stand-ins for The Abominable Snowman:) We went up through Poynton Woods which looked very pretty but was treacherous underfoot as the mud hidden beneath the thin layer of snow was very slippery. I was very glad I'd taken my trusty hazel staff with me.


26 comments:

sweffling said...

I haven't been around for a while, but nice to be looking in again. Glad the walk went well despite the slippery mud under the snow. I sympathise, it is not the snow per se but the substrate, either water, ice, or mud, which makes it so treacherous!!

Mac n' Janet said...

Candlemas day is Groundhog Day here, if the groundhog sees his shadow you get 6 more weeks of winter. It was sunny here, but cloudy up north, so we're supposed to get more winter and they're not. Today it will be 70, not very wintery.
I tried making orange marmalade one year, I ended up with orange juice.

Roy Norris said...

Oh! not again D.
Unfortunately, I think we are going to get some more tonight as well.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

It is beautiful though. We haven't had snow since 2011. I do miss it.
Have a nice day and thaw out.
~Clara

Louise said...

A lovely view and I was just thinking a few minutes ago about that bit of weather lore! We were out walking on Saturday and although fair and bright, it was so very cold on Birchen Edge!

Patricia said...

Oh Rowan I really thought we'd seen the back of the snow. Am really in a Spring mood now. Your photo is lovely.
Patricia x

Granny Sue said...

Our Candlemas was cold, cold, cold and snowy. And then...it snowed some more. But this week it's warming up again, so like you, Rowan, we'll be dealing with slippery, slippery conditions.

Ash said...

Hmmm!! much the same up here...with a howling gale all morning so the morning dog walk became a battle against the elements. Crazy dog loved it though. Role on spring and hopefully a little sunshine!

Diane said...

Twas a bit dicey to drive in too! xxx

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

We had a sunny day also - but I hope that doesn't mean snow for us - usually this time of year we get one big fat snowstorm but fortunately they don't last long here. Enjoy your snow.

jill said...

We have had snow again today but its just wet tonight down here in the village,what its like up on the moors is quite a differant matter.Stay warm and cosy Rowan.Love Jill xx

George said...

I suppose Candlemas Day is somewhat akin to our Groundhog Day here in the U.S. as a prediction of winter's length and severity. Love the photo of B Baggins in the snow.

MorningAJ said...

I'm not sure what to make of the weather lore. It was bright and sunny when we got up and set off for Scarborough on Saturday- but it snowed when we arrived there!

I suspect we have a few more snowy sessions to come before the end of this month. :(

Rosie said...

Well that certainly seemed to be what happened here. A lovely sunny day on Saturday and it snowed yesterday, that was soon cleared by the rain but it is so cold this morning:)

Star said...

We've had more snow than we need just lately. Today it is raining in my area and it feels very slightly warmer. Roll on Spring.

The Summer Porch said...

Hi there Rowan
Its frigid day here, staying inside to.
Looks like your doing the same...
Hugs Rosemary...xo

Heidi Kuijer said...

Walking in the snow has something very special about it. There is a silence in snow that you never experience otherwise. I do love winter and have enjoyed having snow but must say I am ready for spring. I want to be able to go out into the garden. Jos too. Instead, I have spring bulbs in the house to remind me that spring will come eventually.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Zuzana said...

Beautiful shot.;)
Yes, winter is not letting go just yet, I am in Italian Alps right now surrounded by snow, but can see that even at home it is bitterly cold.;)
Enjoy it while it lasts, spring will be here before we know it;)
xoxo

Pear tree cottage! said...

Rowen, stunning photos we are so lucky to have you share them with us.......a garden of beautiful moments!

hugs from Australia.

Homeandfood said...

Rowen, what a lovely, lovely blog you have.

It's so nice to see all the different people who are part of the blogging community.

The snow looks beautiful, you took a lovely photo.

Hope you are well, take care :) x

Ruthie Redden said...

Dear Rowan, it has been an age since I last visited, where has teh time flown to. I love all the snowy flurries we have been having up here in Scotland, lots of time to tuck into the studio and be inspired and lovely times for walking the woods & taking photos too. But i am ready for a breathe of Spring now i think. x

Mary said...

Stopping by to catch up Rowan - back from Antarctica after a fabulous trip where everything was magical and far from white and freezing much of the time!

Hope life is good dear and that you are readying for Spring! Bet B. Baggins is anxious for warmer, safer walks!

Hugs - Mary

Pomona said...

I wouldn't mind if it was snowing but I just hate this cold, grey, damp weather - roll on spring!

Pomona x

Tyler Thursby said...

Love the idea you had for this theme regarding your entire blog. You cute dog really makes those photos too :)

I'm working on my own adventure travel blog, check it out too!

Keep up the great writing

Mary said...

Missing you - hope all is OK over there dear.
Happy Spring...............

Hugs - Mary

Diane said...

Hi Rowan, Bishops House and the walled garden are open on Weekends. The Dyeing day is Sat 15th June and you have to book. Its right up your street - a fab little place. xxxx