Sunday 4 March 2018

Simply Seasonal ..... The Beast from the East

Hello Lovelies,
 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.

 5 ♥ Seasonal Crochet I bought a couple of extra hot water bottles this week as the unheated bedrooms were feeling decidedly chilly. Not a problem for hubby and myself...but not great when you sleep alone. The cold areas of the house were somewhat nostalgic to me and I recalled crocheting a cover for my hot water bottle as a teenager. Actually I used to have two when it was really cold. I remembered a woolly cover meant waking up to a still  warm bottle instead of cold rubber next to your feet.  So far I have made one cover for the boys. What do you think?

I was totally inspired by Heather's gorgeous creations 

 I think it turned out pretty well for a first attempt. I love the double "polo neck" that Heather does so that was a must :0)

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 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)

Jacquie x


  1. Fantastic photos, and lovely that you had some company on your walk. Love the hot water bottle cover, we're great believers in hot water bottles here! Have a good week Jacquie. CJ xx

  2. No moaning from me either about the cold, I actually quite like it :-)
    Temperatures have been up here today and a lot of the snow is disappearing, although I have quite a pile of it in the middle of my drive after my as my son in law had to clear the drift from around our front door and garage yesterday so i could get out!

  3. Wow.. I'm glad your guys accompanied you on the walk in the snow.. what a beautiful time you all had. And I think you are a dear to feed your little Robin friend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. That weather has sure been crazy over there. Your photo's are wonderful and so enjoyed seeing that church too ♥♥ Loved seeing Robin was ok and looking good again ☺☺

  5. Thankfully we missed the snow on the Isle of Lewis but we did get a big drop in temperature. Glad to hear the heating is back on. Love the water bottle covers.

  6. Funny I made Lemon Drizzle cake too whils the snow wa on the ground.

    Julie xxxxx

  7. The snow world has an amazing look, accept for Robin. Great to see him doing well. I think your good care has helped him a lot.

    XX Margaret

  8. We were very fortunate here that the Beast didn't touch us. We got occasional snow flurries, but nothing more. The wind was bitter cold though, very cold. we too were wearing layers even with heating on! Beautiful photos and your hot water bottle cover is gorgeous! I used to knit them and I do well remember the days when the only heating in the house was the stove and the coal fire in the lounge!! x

  9. Brrr... we've had a cold spell too...only snow fluries though. I made sure there was suet in the feeder for the Wrens. We have a ton of them this year. They have a hard time in the winter and I love helping them. Your little robin looked so bedraggled in the first photo; much better in the second. I'm so happy you were able to give him food. I often wonder how the poor tiny things survive the harsh cold. But they do.

  10. Even in the States I heard about "the beast from the East". Glad to see the robin made it safely through also. A lovely hot water bottle cover! Something that seems to be getting hard to come by here these days. Nothing like baking on a snowy day. All the trees and spring flowers are in bloom here after a warm February, just in time for a March freeze. Brrr I'm ready for spring!


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