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.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Winter is come in earnest and the snow
In dazzling splendour—crumpling underfoot
Spreads a white world all calm and where we go
By hedge or wood trees shine from top to root
In feathered foliage flashing light and shade
Of strangest contrast—fancys pliant eye
Delighted sees a vast romance displayed
And fairy halls descended from the sky

The smallest twig its snowy burthen wears
And woods oer head the dullest eyes engage
To shape strange things—where arch and pillar bears
A roof of grains fantastic arched and high
And little shed beside the spinney wears
The grotesque zemblance of an hermitage

Part of a poem by John Clare which seems appropriate at the moment. The photos are actually from January 2006 so I don't know quite why they are so blue - maybe I used flash? Who knows! We haven't had that much snow so far, just an inch or so here but I know that other parts of the UK have a good deal more. I feel as though it ought to be January as we don't normally have much in the way of snow in November and we certainly don't get the low temperatures, it was 14F here on Saturday night - decidedly chilly! The sort of weather for hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a good book. Not my destiny this week I'm afraid as I've sent DH over to our other house for the week so that I can do a proper deep clean of the house ready for Yule. Last time I sent him over there so that I could 'get on with things' I managed to break my wrist so I'm hoping hard that history isn't going to repeat itself!


Diane said...

It put plenty down between 7.30am and 8am this morning. Dont be going outside - my mum fell and broke her wrist in the snow once. xxxx

Wanda..... said...

The quiet peacefulness of a deep blanket of snow will be welcomed by me! We've not had much snow here either, maybe by Christmas. I use the same term 'deep clean' and usually do it just before our Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season! I broke an ankle one year during that time!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I wish we'd get some snow! Have fun cleaning -- and be careful!

La Maison said...

Oh, Oh, you have a lot of work. Calm down, tomorrow is another day;)


Bovey Belle said...

Phew. I thought for a moment you were going to say you were snowed in - and with Tam and J just off to his parents' place near you.

We have had a heavy but brief fall on Friday, but that is still laying around waiting for more and the temperatures have been minus 11 and more outside, and difficult to get the kitchen (even with the Hergom going all day) above 14 deg. . . . It was just 9 deg. in there this morning. We are cwtched up around the wood burner . . .

George said...

Please take care of those wrists, Rowan. Fellow bloggers Bonnie and Friko have already reported wrist injuries from falls in recent weeks. We need to keep you healthy.

As for the snow, the photos are lovely, but, frankly, I hope the snow stays away from my home for a while. Last year was one of record snowfall in this part of the country, and it proved quite costly in terms of tree damage, etc. Thanks for the post. Loved the poem by John Clare.

Janet said...

Our night time temps have been down in the teens a few nights, too. Perfect for snuggling in front of the fire.

No repeats of the last time! I wish I could send HB somewhere so I could do a deep clean. It's so difficult to do when he's home.

PS - love the snowy photos. I think the blue adds something to them.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Beautiful poem to accompany such breathtaking photographs. I am afraid winter has arrived for many of us. Just a dusting of snow here but temperatures dropping in the teens. I am actually welcoming this "slower pace", time of year. No black Friday shopping here, I stay away from malls and box stores.I shop local and try to keep the true meaning of Christmas in my heart and home.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Take care - and enjoy the cleaning. I always love to dig in and get everything spiffed up. I do it again after Christmas, so that everything is sparkly clean for the new year.

I let Don stay around for the cleaning - he is so good at it and pitches right in, and we get done in half the time.

WOL said...

Predicted low tonight of 25F(-4C) and almost there. Only 46% humidity, so we're not likely to get any moisture. The thing I like best about having snow is not having to get out in it. Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Do keep the heating turned up and take care with your winter clean then Rowan. There is no reason why you still can't enjoy a hot chocolate or two.{:)

Granny Sue said...

The photos are beautiful and the poem is a perfect complement to them. Can't believe you've had snow already--we're still waiting for or first snowfall. There is an old belief that the day of the first measureable snowfall is how many you will have in the coming winter--so if it snows on the 10th, you'll have 10 measureable snowfalls, or 25 if the first on the 25th.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning!
Now you know I'm going to love that poem how very beautiful to read over a cup of tea. I thought you really had all that snow. :) We have nothing here yet it's raining right now with high winds. As long as my hair doesn't get messed up I'm fine. :) What a wonderful post.
Have a great day and let it snow...
Rosemary x