weather

Ruby rain

Purple drama

On the horizon,

Purple drama

Turning into

Ruby rain.

Rain passing

All we can do is stand

Humbled and awed

Before the power of nature.

Red rain

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Purple rain

Last weekend, a fierce bolt of lightning

And a thunder clap announced the arrival of rain.

Sunset storm

The lone jetty stretched out

Towards the infinity of purple rain,

Jetty and rain copy

And we enjoyed the sight of wild clouds

Rolling in over the lake before running home

Wet and exhilarated.

Storm copy

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Silver spring

Last week, spring was in full bloom

With no ice on the lake

And swimming dogs in the sunset.

Swim

Today, it’s the spring equinox

And we celebrate with a silver dawn

And lots of snow.

Silver morning copy

The swans formed a heart

That seemed to be saying:

Don’t complain – just enjoy!

Grey geese

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Colourful snow

As I write this, the ground is bare; the sky grey.

So, I’m looking back to January for some colour in the snow…

Sky

I found everything from rainbow skies

To hidden rubies;

Red house

Lemon-coloured houses for birds

Bird house

And turquoise chairs

Patiently waiting for warmer days.

Blue chairs

And look – I even found

A heart in the rough!

Heart face copy

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Mist-ical skies

Winter’s mystical skies

Are a balm for the soul.

Sunrise

Later on, the sun makes the

Winter boughs glow –

Glow

And then softly, the misty scarf

Settles once more over the lake –

Inviting us to rest and gaze a while.

Resting

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Romancing the snow

Find a big sky and a frozen lake,

Oscar

Get a couple of chairs, some friends

And a view –

Picnic

Then sit back and enjoy the romance,

The company and the pink-tinged sunset.

Friends copy

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Silent snow

A couple of weekends ago, it started to snow

And snow and snow.

Blizzard

Nature softened her contours

As everything – including Oscar – was buried in lovely white flakes.

Oscar buried

Twigs sprouted snow cones;

Snow hat copy

People and dogs frolicked in the blizzard.

(Look at those Yoda ears!)

Yoda

And afterwards, we enjoyed the silence

Of a fresh carpet of diamonds.

Sun

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Symphony of black and white and dog

At last – winter has made its grand entrance with several days of blizzards,

Leaving the crooked jetty an abstract canvas.

Jetty

The ladder at the end of the jetty

Now has two handles of ice,

Icy ladder

Each handle transformed

Into a tiny landscape of ice crystals.

Iced copy

The supporting pole

Is encased in an icy boot.

Iced over

And who make those dog prints out there on the lake?

These two friends, of course!

(I call this shot Love in a Cold Climate.)

Love

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Pushing the limits

Yesterday the temperature dropped down to minus 25 C

In the frosted early morning.

I went out on the ice – but stayed out way too long -

One and a half hours… With no breakfast.

Bright view copy

Came back with a frost damaged face

And spent the rest of the day in bed sick.

Just goes to show that you shouldn’t

Be bound by your limits –

But you should know what your limits are!

Thank you in advance for your kind comments – I won’t be replying to them today

As I need to recover.

Frozen

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A real Viking winter

February is traditionally the coldest month in Sweden. And it hasn’t disappointed us yet…

The weekend dawned bright and very cold. And when I say cold, I mean colder than – 25 C.

So, what do Vikings do during the winter ?

Well, they (by which I mean Sir Pe) fetch the newspaper in dressing gown and bare feet…

They (by which I mean me) spend a long, long time getting dressed.

Thermals on, three layers on the legs and a further five layers on the torso underneath that warm winter jacket.

Don’t forget the balaclava – winter’s must-have fashion accessory.

It goes nicely with icy hair and glasses!

Vikings (by which I mean me again) take their dogs out for long walks in the cold

Pausing for a few seconds to enjoy the scenery.

Eventually they stumble home

Because there is so much ice on the inside and outside of their glasses that they can hardly see a thing.

They warm up inside, ready to do it all over again at lunch time!

You don’t have to be crazy to enjoy a Viking winter – but it helps.

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