I’m off to visit my parents in England.
They live in a small village
Nestled at the foot of the rolling hills of the Downs.
For me, the golden fields
And wide open skies
Embody the beauty of the English countryside.
And finding two horses nuzzling each other
Is just the cherry on top of the cake.
(I’ll be back in a week, but the Our World link will be up and running as usual on Monday evening.)
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It was a glorious winter day
With snow, sun and sparkles on the trees.
That made me smile.
A long walk with friends
— That’s what made Simmie smile.
After two hours of running around
And enjoying the scenery —
We were all tired and happy.
(That’s my Ruby on the right as you look at the photo and Simmie on the back left
With Jessie, Ruby’s puppy, standing in front of him.)
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Saturday morning was well below freezing.
Passing by the local church, I saw
A riot of colours on the grass.
Bouquets of flowers for the departed:
From iced-over pastel pink
And bright, frosted
Folds of orange
To the quieter tones
Of white beauty.
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I found a charming beach hut
Down by the lake.
(A real Viking beach, isn’t it?)
The view across the frozen water
To the other side looks pretty too.
Further along, we turn up towards
The woods – and Simmie finds an old barn.
The warm colour and old timber
Offers a peaceful sight.
Before turning homewards,
I take a moment to enjoy
Simmie’s frozen whiskers.
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At the moment, it’s grey and not particularly pretty out.
I do like grey skies, however,
Especially when they are laden with snow!
There is something magical about not seeing the sky
And being able to enjoy the dancing snowflakes (and a puppy) instead.
Of course, it’s even better if the sun breaks through the clouds
Just before disappearing behind the hill.
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The sunrise starts off
In lilac tones,
But soon it turns
Into a blushing dawn
With bursts of orange
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During the Christmas break, we looked after Jessie, one of Ruby’s puppies from 2014.
She and Simmie spent a long time
Chasing each other through frozen, silver grasses.
After a cold and invigorating swim,
The play continued.
(Can you see the water drops flying through the air?)
To an outsider, it might have looked
As if they were fighting —
But really it was more like love and frolicking
Between two really good friends.
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The early winter light
Is all about long, warm shadows;
It’s about painting frozen trees
With golden lace
And transforming the sky
Into a wonder of pink and gold.
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Let’s take a walk around my new neighbourhood.
Here is the front of the house (you can only see one half in this picture) —
It’s a bit like the Tardis: the house is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside …
There are a lot of trees in the garden.
Don’t you think bark looks delightful in the snow?
The pine trees
Look magnificent too.
After the snow,
A nearby path shines
In silver symmetry.
On the way home, a splash of pink
Brightens up the morning sky.
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No matter how you look at it —
Or without a dog:
Winter is beautiful.
(I’m filming away from home this week, so may not be able to reply to your comments.)
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