Friday, 18 January 2013

A Winter Wonderland

Stealthily, silently, you fluttered in, secretly under cover of darkness, you thought you could surprise me whilst I slept, but I sensed you, and smelt your arrival.
Daybreak - boots, alpine sticks, and warm coat ready.........
........but the swirling snow is too dangerous to venture out just yet.

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  1. It looks magical Rosemary.
    Takes me back to when I was a child, and I would open the curtains and see the new fresh snow had fallen during the night.
    When i visit Nina.. we have often woke to a carpet of fresh snow.
    A lovely picture.
    I hear on the news that England is "snowed down" so to say.
    take care
    val

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    1. It looks lovely Val but is not suitable to go out in with a camera - too much blowing and swirling going on. We are warm in our house, and have a big chicken to roast. Once the chicken is finished I shall make a big pot of vegetable soup from the carcass.

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  2. It's the same here Rosemary, it's been falling steady since very early in the morning and as a result there's an increasingly thick layer of the stuff on the ground.

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    1. I am sure that your children will have great fun in it Paula - nothing they like better.

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  3. Hello Rosemary:
    Well, you have had your wish and your corner of England has not been left out!! It does all look so magical but one always has a thought for those who are forced to venture out for whatever reason.

    Here the sleet continues to fall!

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance - I am not sure how many people are venturing out, we cannot see the road from here. It is different for those who are forced out for school and work as you mention, we have the choice of staying in and being warm.
      The snow is blowing about forming incredible drifts similar to sand dunes in the desert.

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  4. Hello Rosemary, How lovely to see the freshly fallen snow! Such a beautiful sight to wake up to, 'though it seems you sensed it's coming. Enjoy your warm home and roast chicken. Soup sounds good too.

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    1. Hello Betty - if the snow eases up I shall venture out but at the moment it is not suitable. We are warm indoors, but no doubt it is cold outside.

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  5. Absolutely Heavenly, Rosemary. Waking in the morning to see the snow has silently arrived over night is a thrill I have experienced only once, in England a few years ago. It is magical, as Val says. Wish I could fly over to see it..

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    1. I wish you could see it too Patricia, but I bet you would soon be hankering after your warm sunshine. It does look lovely though.

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  6. I love it when it snows but it is very dangerous.Be careful when going outside Rosemary! :)))

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    1. Looks as if I shall not get out today Ioanna, but may be tomorrow. We have stout boots and special sticks to cope with the snow.

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  7. How wonderful to have snow arrive, a delight to see and you can look forward to venturing out when it settles.

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    1. The world is wonderful isn't it. It is very hot in your corner and very cold in ours. The contrast is so stark when you see it all happening on everyone's computers.

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    1. It finally decided to pay us a visit Marian.

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  9. Finally, snow came. We had a snowy night last night too. Enjoy!

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    1. Yes Pamela, I thought he was going to miss me out, but then he sneaked in during the night.

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  10. So glad to see it's arrived for you too, Rosemary. Super photos, especially the night-time one. It looks like your flakes have been bigger than ours. Here the snow is incredibly fine and though it's almost stopped falling, it is blowing around a great deal and being scoured from the roof to be deposited against walls, doors and windows. I'm staying indoors too until the wind drops.

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    1. Our snow is more like yours now Perpetua, and also blowing off the roof tops in great clouds of snow - it is quite dramatic. I was really surprised how clear the night photo was, I used the flash which showed up the flakes quite clearly.

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  11. It's so exciting, Rosemary. The photgraphic opportunities! The snowballs! The nort having to go anywhere! Huzzah!

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    1. Kate it sounds as if you are all at home. Hope the children, the animals and you and Phil make a great weekend of it.

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  12. I knew it !!! I was sure that you would have all night snow !!!! Magical photos !
    And please take care as you done ! Did you cover your plants ???? I hope !You complained that we have snow and you no .... Look at this now !!! Take a hot chocolate and stay warm inside as you look the snow ! Here we have a bright and sunshine sun !!!

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    1. I do not know whether I can walk to the woods yet - the roads are closed. I may venture out just a little way.

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  13. Still none here :-(( Have a good weekend and keep warm.
    Patricia x

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    1. Dear Patricia - you must be the only little corner in England that has not seen the snow this winter. I am really not keen on snow, but I do enjoy photographing it, if only I could get out.

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  14. Hello Rosemary, I love your colorful planters. Usually snow scenes are "whited out" but the colors in that first picture really add a special dimension. The further don't make it seem less snowy or cold; the brightness form an additional contrast to make us realize the quality of the snow.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Dear Jim - that photo was one of those lucky chances. I could see that it had started to snow, pointed my little camera out into the darkness with the flash switched on, and that was the result. I didn't expect the camera to pick up on the blobs of snow in the way it has or light up the garden pots.

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  15. Oh, my! I hope you have all the provisions you need to stay in for the duration and keep cozy!

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    1. Thanks Mark - we have a big chicken to roast, and then I shall make soup from the carcass so well stocked up.

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  16. How beautiful it must be. I hope you were well-prepared and that the snow will not overstay its welcome!

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    1. We are nice and warm in doors. I ventured into the garden and after 10 mins my hands were frozen. Plenty of stuff in the fridge and freezer thanks.

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  17. Beautiful photos Rosemary. I'm looking forward to when you can get outside and provide us with some more wonderful images. I drove across the tops near Haworth yesterday, before this new bout of snow set in. The fields and moors were still covered in a white blanket from the previous fall, but the road was beautifully clear. The hoar frost on the trees was remarkable. The journey was really magical. Today, I expect the road would be impassable ! J.

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    1. I love to see hoar frost Janice, did you manage to get any photos? The swirling snow weather wasn't good for going out today, and when I did venture into the garden I got really cold.

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  18. Dear Rosemary,how wonderful your garden looks,covered with snow!! It is magical!! Your pictures are breathtaking!!!!Stay in your cozy fire with a glass of an exellent wine,and enjoy those magnificent sceans!Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dear Dimi - I am hoping to venture out to the woods locally tomorrow, but my small trip into the garden today was very cold. A good fire and a glass of wine sounds perfect.

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  19. The snow looks beautiful with you. Here it was very wet and slushy even as it fell. There is not much left and it wasn't photogenic at all! Look forward to seeing so more of your wintery pictures.
    Sarah x

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    1. Dear Sarah - I expect it is because you are living near the coast with the warmer air off the sea. I am hoping to venture out to get some photos tomorrow but it is so very cold.

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  20. We ventured out into the park this morning and had great fun! Love your photos. Suzy x

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    1. One thing that can be relied on is that the children just love the snow. Glad you had a good time in the park - did you build a snowman and play snowballs?

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  21. Dear Rosemary, thanks for your fantastic comment. I can see king winter finds his way in your country. Enjoy the beauty snow is bringing.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Dear Marijke - I think of snow as being a male to, and definitely a king. It is cold but very beautiful. I hoped to venture out but it was too chilly for me today, may be tomorrow. Wrap up warm Marijke and don't forget to feed your lovely little birds.

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  22. Aha! Rosemary, winter has found you after all :) Welcome to the land of enchantment.

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    1. Yes, dear Rosemary, he finally arrived bringing with him his magic but also the cold.

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  23. You have had far more snow than we have although the wind here is whipping it up into drifts and makes your head ache when you go for logs. Your photos are fabulous especially the snow falling at night.

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    1. Dear Elizabeth - the night time falling snow was just a lucky shot. I didn't expect the snow flakes to show up as well as they did.
      Hoping to go out in it tomorrow but it is so very cold. I spent 10 mins in the garden today and came in frozen.

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  24. Yay! You finally got snow!! Gorgeous! We are still waiting....cold and sunny here. Enjoy, and take care ~ Loi

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    1. Yes Loi - it finally arrived, but it is so cold at the moment, and all day long there has been fine snow falling. Hopefully tomorrow it will be clear and I can dress up warmly and take a little foray out to the woods.

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  25. Hello Rosemary

    I love the first snow fall, it is magical. I hope the day is sunny tomorrow and that you manage to take a long hike.

    Happy travels

    Helenx

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    1. Dear Helen - what a contrast this must be to your Floridian sunshine.
      We shall venture out although I think that we shall have to walk along the road within the car tracks. Across the land there are too many big snow drifts to negotiate.

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  26. What lovely snow photos! I especially love the feeling the bottom photo gives me...like being inside an impressionist snow scene! One of my acquaintances photographs snowflakes...I will try to find the address of his website for you, since I think you'd appreciate the intricate and minute beauty of a single flake!

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    1. Thank you very much on both counts. I would love, as you suggest, to see the website of the snowflakes. I do know that they have wonderful shapes when viewed through a microscope.

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  27. simply beautfiful pictures, I love the calmness the snowfall brings with it...we had a lot of snow in the Netherlands at the beginning of this weeka nd everything is still white:-) enjoy it+happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jana - snow forces you to slow down - the car is stuck in the garage - the shops are inaccessible - but the house is thankfully lovely and warm and the countryside looks beautiful.

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  28. The snow looks lovely, helps keep us cool down here.

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    1. At them moment we are living in total extremes of one another.

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  30. Good morning, Rosemary! Here's a link to John's snowflake site. Http://www.snowincredible.com/. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. That is very kind - thank you - I will pop over now and have a look.

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  31. Hello Rosemary! So nice to connect with you via Elizabeth. I can't believe how much snow you have in England - more than Maine! Your photos are gorgeous. I shall enjoy following you.

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    1. Dear Sarah - welcome and lovely to hear from you. This is the third year in a row that we have been presented with snow - nothing for the 15 years previously - does seem like the weather patterns are changing. This country always grinds to a halt when it snows unlike countries which seem to be able to keep going and have the right equipment to deal with it.

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