Wow! Without warning we announce that cool character with a heart as cold as ice and a look that can freeze you from a hundred paces is back in town! Yep you guessed it, Jack Frost! That slippery character who can turn the pavements white overnight, ponds into an ice-rink at a blink and turn hands blue right on cue! Exiled for most of the year he’s back to make trouble, coming to a town or village near you! leaving his shimmering blanket wherever he goes. Pensioners all over the land are reaching for their zimmer frames in the vain hope of remaining upright, but Jack has no sympathy for young and old alike, he is ruthless! You have been warned! Windscreens are a particular favourite whilst he enjoys freezing bin lids and locks solid! prepare to scrape….prepare to slip and most importantly prepare to de-ice!
Archive for the ‘winter’ Tag
Whilst out walking around the park yesterday I couldn’t help but notice the variety of people around me, families, couples, dog-walkers, teenagers, toddlers, pensioners, even the odd happysnapper such as myself! The sun was shining and although there were sheltered areas covered in a half hearted frost the day was warming nicely. Id taken the path around the lake but as I rounded the corner I saw the bench, bathed in shafts of hazy winter sun, half shadowed by a large rhodedendron bush shining with dew, the seat vacant awaiting use, but in one corner a carefully placed stem of lillies wrapped in clear cellophane. The first thing that struck me was the vivid colour of the lilies against the grey green weathered slats of wood, a contrast of age and of youth. The wrapper was drenched in diamonds of frosted dew, but the flower stood tall and defiant against the elements, almost like a statement left by the one who had placed them, a statement that shouted out to me ‘You may be gone, but you are not forgotten’…….The inscription was ‘In the memory of George and his loving wife’ …….I may stand and wonder who you were but that someone who left the lillies will always remember you.
Day 25 already! Time really is flying by but the great thing is that writing this blog is almost a day by day record, I can look at a day and the image instantly takes me back to that day, that place and a moment in time! The image today is of a flower that I love and in yet its only with us for a short time and then its gone, yet year on year you look for its arrival, a sign that Winter is ebbing away and Spring is only a whisper away. I drove past this place on Friday, known locally as Temple Hill, and saw that the delicate stems and wax like buds were making a break through the remnants of the last snows and frosts, so this morning I parked up and walked to the small wooded bank and there they were, heads bowed yet greeting me, gently quivvering in the cool breeze, miniture ballerinas tiptoeing over the bank…….probably my favourite image yet! (Please note that again this image is not pin sharp as the breeze was quite strong and these flowers are so delicate that the slightest whisper and they dance!)