welcome to an especially chilly edition of my Simply Seasonal posts. This past week the U.K. has endured exceptionally low temperatures (for us) and high winds, which made it feel even colder. The weather people...or was it the newspapers.... labelled it The Beast from the East, as cold air was dragged in from the continent.
I do love the changing seasons and I can honestly say I didn't moan about the cold...even when our heating packed up. It seems our super duper, energy efficient, condensing boiler cannot cope with extreme cold...what !? That's not me moaning...just saying....again :0)
Anyway, despite all that there has been plenty to smile about.
1. Snow. I do love a bit of the white stuff. We don't get that much here in the midlands so it's always a novelty. And it does look pretty.
The cold weather started on Monday but the first day I was able to get out for a walk was Wednesday. Eldest's College was closed, so we walked together.
I had been worrying about my Robin in the bitter cold and the sight of him looking so bedraggled was a nasty shock. All we could do was leave him lots of food and hope for the best.
2 ♥ Winter in the Park. Wednesday afternoon brought some sunshine, but don't let that fool you into thinking it had warmed up at all. I dashed about in the freezing temperatures to snap these pictures.
The water on the pond was frozen.
and the bedding plants were frozen in time
There was not much colour so the bright orange stems of the Dogwood were simply stunning with a white backdrop.
3♥ More Snow. On Thursday morning we woke to lots more snow. All the family was at home as the schools were closed and it was too cold for hubby to work outdoors.
after breakfast, when I said I was going for a walk, suddenly I had lots of offers of company.
It was great to see the members of the family who usually avoid local walks at all costs out enjoying the freshly fallen snow.
Youngest couldn't resist running around in it. At fifteen he's still a big kid.
The churchyard looked so pretty
and we left extra rations out for Robin...though I did not get a good view of him as he was shy with all of us there.
Aahhh, my favourite church in the snow. Perfect.
The views were bleak but beautiful.
Good to see somebody is well dressed for this weather :0)
4 ♥ Baking By Thursday the house was cold so as well as baking THESE I extended my warm kitchen time by making two of THESE.
Thank goodness we have this electric stove and a couple of other fan heaters.
I was totally inspired by Heather's gorgeous creations
Here is the back...less time consuming but still nice I think.
6 ♥ The Thaw. Today the snow is almost gone and the snowdrops are once again visible...though they do look a little the worse for wear.
But best of all....my Robin survived the beast.....phew :0)
Now that the harsh weather has retreated and brother in Law has fixed the heating, I must admit I am looking forward to wearing a few fewer layers next week :0)