Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Winter Wonderland







 Arrived safely at The White Hart Inn and enjoyed a tasty festive evening meal. After breakfast the following morning, we discovered that the snow was already in retreat from the High Street.


However, the countryside view at the back of the Inn told a very different story. 

 The roads were mostly clear for the return journey home, unlike the day before. Then we encountered several hazards - apart from snow on the roads, there were some abandoned vehicles and large fallen branches unable to take the weight of the snow.

I don't normally relish snowy weather, but this was exceptional for our area, and much enhanced by wonderful skies and brilliant sunshine. A pair of cosy boots, warm coat, scarves and gloves found us ready to enjoy a walk.
Back home the Christmas tree in the garden looked lovely. This was a tiny tree when purchased nearly 20 years ago.













The late afternoon sun created a wonderful finale to the day. It lit up the snow and ice covered branches which twinkled like thousands of fairylights.

47 comments:

  1. I always like fresh snow landscapes but it is mostly a short time here. It makes the world so different suddenly, you caught some very pretty photos. Now is has gone already here due the rain...

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    1. The snow has completely vanished from here too.

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  2. Such a festive treat just before the holidays! You couldn't ask for more! The untouched snow surprise is always welcomed! And those photos Rosemary, so special indeed!

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    1. Thank you Olympia - glad that you enjoyed the photos.

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  3. How wonderful to capture such beauty set against blue and sunny skies.
    Breathtaking images!

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    1. I really enjoyed it for the short time that it lasted

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  4. Dear Rosemary,
    What a majestic Christmas tree you have in your garden. You have taken good care of it for the past 20 years.
    Brilliant sunshine and the bluest of skies make for postcard pictures. I love them all.

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    1. Dear Gina - we used to dig the tree up for the first few years of its life and bring it indoors until it grew too big. It was the blue skies and the sunshine that made all of the difference to my enjoyment of this snowfall. It has gone away now.

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  5. Just beautiful! But winter driving is never fun.

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    1. The journey was quite exciting but we were glad to arrive safely at our destination.

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  6. Hello Rosemary, You make winter seem almost tempting! Now I get no actual snow, but months of chilly, damp, overcast weather, compared to which the more extreme contrasts of real winter become rather nostalgic--at least from a distance.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - I enjoyed this snowfall, but on the whole I am not a fan of winter either, especially the chilly, damp, overcast type of weather that you mentioned. I was happy that it graced our landscape for a couple of days, but now it has completely vanished,

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  7. Your photos are just breathtaking. I'm not a big fan of snow in person, but love to see it in photos.

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    1. I loved this snow Mac n'Janet, but now it has completely vanished and is no more.

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  8. You couldn't help but feel the magic of Christmas coming with scenes like that. :-)
    I do love polite snow! That is the sort that vanishes off the roads in a day, while staying on the ground, trees and roof tops. :-)

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    1. I do like your term 'polite' snow Catherine - today it has vanished completely, it feels as if it never existed.

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    1. Thank you William - I bet you get some wonderful snow shots in Canada during winter months.

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  10. Oh wow the blue sky is a brilliant backdrop for those snowy branches!
    Beautiful scenes!

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    1. It was the blue skies and sunshine that made it so enjoyable.

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  11. Truly a "Winter Wonderland" - lovely photos.

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    1. It is unusal for us to get snow here - only three times in the last 20 years, but this was exceptionally lovely.

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  12. How beautiful Rosemary. The country view photo is gorgeous.

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    1. There is no sign of it anymore Margaret,it has completely vanished.

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  13. You show us real fairytail photos. We also had a lot of snow but obviously the sun remained in your country. The blue skies and sun make it a joy to be outside. Anyway no sun here for a week I think and now it's raining and raining again. Winter has not yet even started.....

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    1. Although the snow has now departed Janneke, luckily the sun and blue skies have remained.

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  14. Your beautiful snowy scenes show how the white stuff brightens up the landscape. The light is magnificent. Our winters are much like yours, I think, with overcast skies, frequent rain and a rather dull light. When snow comes, it's welcome, partly, I think, because it goes away soon. I like Catherine's term of "polite" snow.

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    1. It was lovely whilst it lasted Lorrie - I dislike dull winter weather, roll on the Spring.

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    1. I appreciate your comment - thank you

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  16. So beautiful to look at and horrible to travel in.

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    1. Because of the lovely sunshine I think that it is the best snowfall I have ever seen.

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  17. So beautiful snow, so white but wet. We have had some days white snow here in South-Finland, but then it smelt and doesn't be any beautiful, but after few days it will rain again snow and then it smelt away again and so on.

    If you are coming to Finland next summer, please, you can write to me and we'll see each others. It would be nice to see you.

    Have a nice Christmas time.

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    1. Dear Orvokki - it is very unusual for us to get snow - this is the first for five years. It was here for two days and then completely vanished as if it had never been around.
      If I travel I will let you know.

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  18. Dear Rosemary,
    wow, so much snow in England! Here in Vienna we also had some snow about a month ago, but since then nothing. In general the weather is rather mild this year. Do you think the snow will stay till Christmas?
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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    1. Hello Lisa - sadly all of the snow completely vanished within 48 hours.

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  19. Beautiful photos of winter's magic !

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  20. The comment on the post below this was supposed to be on this...they are such beautiful images. I did enjoy them.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Rose, and for your kind comment which I appreciate.

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  21. Stunning shots, Rosemary - as usual! It's lovely you still have that tree in your garden; I've moved too often! Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2018.

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    1. We used to bring it indoors at Christmas Mike until it grew too big.

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  22. I'm glad you managed to arrive safely at the White Hart. The pictures look so magical especially when you don't have to drive in those conditions. Sarah x

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  23. SO beautiful, Rosemary. So wonderful. Thanks for sharing all this with us. (I always seem to say that - don't I? But I mean it.) We were supposed to have a bit of snow here in North Carolina, but unfortunately all we got was cold weather. Don't get me wrong, I love the fact that here in this part of the South we have a change of seasons and all that, but I would have liked a snowflake or two. :) How I miss my winters in NJ and NY. But maybe it's best that at this time in my life, there are no mounds of thick snow to navigate.

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  24. Seems to me I haven't seen images like this from the UK in a long time.

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  25. Just caught up with this post Rosemary. What beautiful snow pictures, a magic fairyland.

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  26. I just finally have been back at my blog/checking back in with blogs I read—or at least did read. Love all these beautiful pictures!!! What incredible snow covered trees!

    Hope you are having a wonderful new year : )

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