Friday, 16 December 2011

A Day or Two of Weather



The last two weeks have been busy ones in our village. Various clubs and societies have held Christmas dinners and buffets. The annual Christmas Bazaar went well, raising money for local charities and recycling treasured bric-a-brac from one home to another. Cakes have been baked, mince pies have been shared and carols have been sung.

The weather has turned cold, with bitter, chilly winds. In the night there has been rain and sometimes frost. Tawny owls hoot across the dark heath beneath clear, starlit skies.

In these short winter days, when the light goes before four o`clock, time seems to speed into a higher gear as so much needs to be done while the daylight lasts. Sometimes, it is good to stop; to look at the sky and watch the clouds rolling in from the sea. To capture winter trees against cold blue skies.






Waiting for a friend at the end of a muddy lane, after a night of stormy rain.........




....I looked into a pool that the rain had left behind....






Later, by the side of the heath, I found new pools at the road`s edge where the ponies and cattle will be pleased to come and drink.



10 comments:

angryparsnip said...

What a wonderful place you live in.
I rather liked the muddy lane !

cheers, parsnip

Kath said...

Lovely photos, especially the refelctions on the water.

Toffeeapple said...

Super pictures, such a pretty area.

julesgemstonepages said...

I am actually about 30 minutes from Harrisburg, PA. Thank you for being a Teacher! We are about at the same place... though I am not yet able to retire, grown children, grandchild, and in suburbia. No pets, just plants and the love to write poetry. Thank you for sharing your forest.

WOL said...

That second one from the top -- interesting study in tree branching and how different trees do it. That tree in the middle is positively baroque. Beautiful blue skies. . .

My Spotty Pony said...

Wonderful pictures, the first one reminds me of Northumberland... a big beautiful sky.
It is nice to read you have the same sort of village community as we do with all the activities for Christmas.
Hope your kitten has resisted the temptation to explore the Christmas tree!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos,

Bovey Belle said...

Ah, familiar scenes to me. Nearly as good as being there with you my dear! But not quite : ) Every time I visit your blog it's like coming HOME.

bellaboo said...

Bella would be diving into those puddles! It's so hard to keep her dry and mud free on her walks now.
Wishing you a very
*H*A*P*P*Y*
*C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*! and a peaceful New Year.

Bellaboo X

Rowan said...

Love that photo of a blue sky with black outline of the trees against.