Sunday, 28 December 2014

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Good morning all, hope you are having a great weekend.

Yes, we really did have snow here in the UK, and yesterday DH, DD and I went on a lovely afternoon walk to make the most of it.  Yes, our noses were chilling, and the lanes were indeed glistening...please be prepared for a very photo-heavy post coming up, cuppa and a biscuit may be needed ;)

Just two minutes from home the camera was already busy capturing these beautiful birch trees...

The horses were wrapped up warm in their winter coats and nibbling on treats given by caring owners...

Amazing winter wonderland...

The grand old house looking stately in winter...

I thought this tree trunk looked like a fox...

The rooftop of the grand old house looked magical, I love how the whiteness of the snow really showed up the redness of the brick...

Another birch looking astonishing in it's white bark...

We walked through a lovely old village with many cottages and a quaint little church...

More winter fields and sky...

The sun was setting so it was time to head back home...

Past old the old gravestones.. these put me in mind of the scene in Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come points Ebeneezer Scrooge towards his own epitaph...

The moon was rising...

More snow clouds rolling in...

And mist started to form, eerie in it's strange formations...

Eventually we were back at the birch trees we had spotted as we left home...

Such a wonderful walk, we enjoyed every moment of it (especially the short stop for coffee half way around the circuit!).  The scenes I managed to photograph seemed to me to be, and I hope you will excuse the pun, frozen in time - many of the scenes would have been so familiar to our ancestors 150 years ago. 



  1. The scenery looks great - no snow here, which I'm glad about to be honest, although it does look very pretty!

  2. My first visit to your blog and I loved seeing all your photos. Please do tell what that gorgeous old house is? The architecture along with all the chimneys and red brick...well I am smitten. :)
    What a lovely walk you and your family had.
    I look forward to visiting your blog again.

  3. Such beautiful pictures! I love seeing all the old houses and other buildings, and the graveyard too even! Enjoy your wonderful snow. I wish we had some!

  4. Thanks for taking us on this fabulous walk, I enjoyed every minute. I'm very envious of your snowfall, some may not agree especially if road travel gets problematic but I just love it. Magical just like your stunning photos. :))

  5. Most amazing scenes; we've been in the 60s here in North Carolina! Happy New Year, my friend, XOXO

  6. Oh my GOODNESS.. you must live in a wonderful area to have all those open pastures and ancient stone cottages with thatched roofs and the big houses and churches.. it's my dream to see places like yours. Does the big house have one family living in it? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

  7. I think I recognise that grand old house :)
    Hasn't it been a beautiful weekend?! I do love the snow. You took some lovely photos :)

  8. Helen, it looks like a magical, winter wonderland. So beautiful.
    Hugs to you,

  9. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us Helen. I love the scenes from the countryside. The big houses, small cottages, graveyards...all of it. Dennis and I once visited the Cotswalds and I would love to live in a place like that in a small cottage. Dreams. I think the snow in your neighborhood is much prettier than the snow in ours! :-)

  10. Just caught up with your last few posts, Helen, and so enjoyed your Christmas celebration and your snow! We just had hail here this afternoon and might have a bit of snow tonight. Exciting!!! xx

  11. Lovely walk in your neighbourhood.
    I love winter, cold and snow. feeling blessed that I live in a picture perfect winter wonderland at the moment. We have had -20 Celcius for a week now :o)


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