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This is more like it…

February 12, 2014

When our younger son opened the shutters of our bedroom window this morning, he let out a bat-high squeal of excitement. 

‘Snow! It’s been snowing! It IS snowing!’

Obviously, this would be par for the course in a normal winter: by February we are usually rather fed up of the stuff. (And I am feeling for readers from North America as I write this.) This year, this wettest-since-records-began year, we have barely seen a single snowflake at home. Son dressed for school in a flash and was downstairs, breakfast eaten, and outside building a snowman before the first sip of tea had reached my lips.

At last it feels like winter, just as I was beginning to enjoy snowdrops and think about Spring coming. We knew the snow must come eventually. And coming as a novelty after the incessant rain, how much we relish it! The drive to school, usually through dark, dripping woods, seemed a marvel of ethereal prettiness. The dog went loopy on her morning walk, enjoying the thin crust of snow even more than the boys do. The sun came out and made every thawing raindrop sparkle, before clouds and dropping temperatures brought further light snowfalls this afternoon. 

These, then are our trees this Tuesday, along with one or two other shots from the day.,11.2.14-1

The drive to school.



Every inky stem re-drawn in chalk

Every inky stem re-drawn in chalk



Two cock pheasants having a show down

Two cock pheasants having a show down…



...this could go on for hours

…this could go on for hours


Sunlight and a dusting of snow under an avenue of beech trees

Sunlight and a dusting of snow under an avenue of beech trees



Tracks of a dainty roe deer and a pheasant, wandering in the same direction

Tracks of a dainty roe deer and a pheasant, wandering in the same direction


'This is my best day ever!!'

‘This is my best day ever!!’



Mist rising from the hills

Mist rising from the hills


Snowing at the castle

Snowing at the castle


You might enjoy Winter woods, or a corner of heaven or Tarka the puppy discovers snow.





27 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2014 12:17 am

    Wonderful winter shots, interesting blog too , well done !

  2. February 12, 2014 12:20 am

    Freshly fallen (falling) snow is a thing of beauty. Though it is a shame about those snowdrops.

    • February 12, 2014 11:42 pm

      Ah, don’t worry about the snowdrops, they are tougher than they look. I’ve seen them emerge nodding cheerfully after being buried for weeks under a foot of snow. The only weather condition they can’t take is warm sunshine – and there’s not much chance of that in a Scottish February!

  3. February 12, 2014 1:22 am

    Beautiful photos….and I love “bat-high squeal of excitement”…brilliant!

  4. February 12, 2014 7:47 am

    How beautiful! I love the snowy trees and the sunlit glade. We have snow here too, since last night, and it’s frozen crisp this morning. A lovely pink sunrise (not too good a sign, but I’m just happy it’s not raining!)

    • February 12, 2014 11:44 pm

      Glad you liked the photos. It does all make a lovely change from greyness, doesn’t it?

  5. Toffeeapple permalink
    February 12, 2014 9:26 am

    Very pretty, but I really don’t want any this year.

  6. Caroline permalink
    February 12, 2014 9:49 am

    How lovely, enjoying your writing as always. Here is it rain, rain, and more rain. If it ever freezes the flooded areas might become one hugh ice rink…………

    • February 12, 2014 11:47 pm

      Thank you, Caroline. When we had a frost last week, it did occur to me that it could be disastrous if the flooding in England were all to freeze. On the other hand, just think of the inter-village skating races and curling matches which could be held – a return to Breughel’s winters!

  7. February 12, 2014 11:02 am

    You too, DB? Isn’t it lovely? 🙂 Gorgeous photos and I’m wondering whether you still have any left this morning. Ours has disappeared this morning as the heavy rain came in. 😦

    • February 12, 2014 11:49 pm

      Yes, we had a little more overnight and again today, although it’s not that cold, just a bit of a raw wind this afternoon. Poor old Wales has had a battering today by the sound of it.

  8. February 12, 2014 1:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Print a couple for your journal…
    Still no snow here. Feels really funny, a year without…

    • February 12, 2014 11:50 pm

      Oh, good idea, thanks!
      How strange to think of a Bavarian winter without snow. Strange weather everywhere, it seems…

  9. February 12, 2014 7:49 pm

    Such joy in these. It looks like an enchantment has been spun.
    The dreary rain has paused and there a bit of sun – we are going out to romp in that!

    • February 12, 2014 11:51 pm

      Exactly – Carpe Diem and all that! Tonight is windy and sleety, so I am glad we enjoyed the snowy sunshine when we did.

  10. February 13, 2014 12:15 am

    We finally had a decent snow in our area as well! It is gone now, but we enjoyed it while it was here. I have friends in the mid-west and east end of the continent that are feeling quite finished with the stuff, but around here, it still brings the excitement your boy experienced for this old fella.

  11. Mary K. in Rockport permalink
    February 13, 2014 6:02 pm

    The last photo looks like a mini-Hogwarts.

    • February 13, 2014 6:22 pm

      I see what you mean! My boys – both fans of Harry Potter – are very lucky to be growing up in an ancient castle.

  12. karinvandenbergh permalink
    February 14, 2014 3:00 am

    Yeaaah, we’re kind of done with it over here in New England.
    Beautiful pictures, especially the one with the sunlight through the beech trees.

    • February 14, 2014 8:25 pm

      I bet you are! I almost feel guilty about being so pleased to see some snow, knowing what the north-east of America has experienced this winter. It is snowing heavily again tonight, but I’m just praying it doesn’t thaw before the boys have a chance to enjoy it tomorrow – that’s the kind of winter WE are having. Hmm.

  13. February 18, 2014 8:50 pm

    Beautiful photos – I particularly love the ‘inky stems’. All we’ve had here in Tyneside is a single evening of snow – a light dusting on the roofs that was gone by morning. I’m hoping we get at least one proper snowfall this season, though the signs of spring are already here.

    • February 18, 2014 11:13 pm

      I wouldn’t say that we have had a ‘proper snowfall’ yet either. Not enough to finish a single snowman yet!

  14. March 13, 2014 7:55 am

    Love the images, the last one is my favourite.

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