The North Wind Doth Blow # One Week

As this is the last day of #OneWeek – winter linky hosted by the lovely Sarah of Older Mum (in a muddle), I decided to change the original post I had planned and opt for this one instead.  The weather suddenly decided to change from murmurings of spring, back into winter again.  It seemed fitting that I therefore end my contribution to One Week with some wintry pictures.

After being full of the joys of spring, this morning we awoke to everything being crisp and frosty, a sharp reminder that winter hasn’t disappeared just yet.  We ended up having to bundle up in snowsuits again!

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Todays outside wanderings were crunchy, frost coated ones.  We decided to collect frosty leaves, we I say we, what I actually mean is,  the girls decided to collect little piles of frosty leaves.  They even managed to find a frozen leftover windfall apple in our orchard.  They rolled around on the frost coated grass and even though their little noses were bright red, I had a battle on my hands getting them back indoors.  As the day wore on the North wind began to pick up and it turned really bitterly cold.  It felt like we were in the depths of winter all over again, winter at its harshest.  By the time I had bribed them inside with promises of hot chocolate and marshmallows, my feet were numb!

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I’m hoping that the North wind subsides quickly and doesn’t bring any snow.  It’s time for the new shoots to flourish, it’s time for the anticipation of bright sunny days, an explosion of baby birds, the return of the swallows.  It’s time to smell the freshly cut grass, it’s time for spring.

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Walk on the Wildside -#One Week

We are very fortunate to have our own private woodland on our land.  One part of it is quite ancient and planted long before we took up residence.  The second part is a new addition added during our time, by the Forestry Commission.  Our little tree legacy for the future.  As part of the most de-forested country in Europe, we wanted to give a little back.  It has been there for the best part of ten years now and so the trees are all filling out nicely and will, I hope become as appealing as the ancient part.

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The weather has been amazingly good, so we decided to take a walk to the woods to see how the Bluebells were coming along.  In springtime, it is just a beautiful carpet of them.  The adjoining fields usually have cattle in them and they used to be able to wander in and would trample them all down, before we even got a chance to see them in all their glory.  However, there are now a few Badger sets in there, which pose a risk to cattle breaking a leg in a hidden set entrance.  So the farmer who rents our fields fenced it off and put a gate on, so now the cows can’t get in there and destroy it all.

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The woods are just over half a mile from our house, down our back lane winding past the fields.  Our girls have never walked the full distance before, certainly at 16 months, I didn’t expect the little one to make it and was prepared to carry her.  However, she wouldn’t hear tell of it and marched proudly along and made it all the way on her own little legs.

As expected the Bluebells are not out just yet, but the green shoots are everywhere.  We can’t wait to go back in a couple of weeks, when I think they will be spectacular.

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Once more I am linking up with the brilliant Older Mum (in a muddle) blog, to take part in the Winter One Week, hosted by the lovely Sarah. Why not pop over and link up too.

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Squatter & Gatecrashers – #OneWeek

Living in the countryside means our garden is a hive of wildlife activity.  We have a multitude of bird life.  Of course our chick, chick, chick, chick, chickens live there too.  We also have at least one hedgehog, who we manage to glimpse occasionally.  Foxes use it as their route into the adjoining fields. We have found badger tracks on several occasions.  Rabbits, hares and even pheasants all grace us with their presence at some point throughout the year.  We have just as much activity during the winter months as we do in spring/summer.  We have several bird feeding stations and lots of berry rich trees and bushes, so there is a constant food supply.

We even had some very unexpected visitors, who managed to escape their cosy barn and come for a wander through our yard instead!  I think they liked the look of our barn more.

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Our latest visitor though appears to have taken up residence and if he isn’t stealing the chickens food, he’s raiding the bird feeders.

So here he is, the very cheeky Sammy squirrel!  Unfortunately not a red one, although there is a small colony of them a few miles from our house, so I live in hope that one day we might get a little red fellow.

 

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 This is a link up with the amazing Sarah at Older Mum (in a muddle) and her One Week – winter linky

 

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Footprints – One Week

The weather  turned surprisingly spring like and as a result of this we will hopefully have stacks of outdoor time.  My girls are very much outdoors children and could stay out in all weathers if I let them.  When we have snow, we would go footprint hunting.  Hunting for animal tracks on the snowy ground.  The snow has gone, but we have tons of mud, in fact our back lane is a Peppa Pig dream – full of muddy puddles.

So we got our wellies on and went in search of muddy footprints.  We had a little success, so we took some pictures to share our finds.

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First Snow – One Week

Winter started in a beautiful fresh crisp blue sky way, changed to a frosty winter wonderland, quickly followed by torrential rain and gale force wind.  Eventually though, came the snow.

Brilliant big flakes of proper snow.  The first winter snowfall had been disappointing, because it came from the south and east, by the time it reached us it was fine dusty and a bit wishy washy.  This stuff came from the North, straight down from the Artic and landed in a glorious dumping.

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The girls got more and more excited, so snowsuits were donned, hats and gloves and out they went to make snow angels, sledge, build a snowman and refuse to come back inside despite the fact that they both had bright red noses and cheeks. 

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Eventually sheer exhaustion and the fact that the now falling snow began to turn to rain, drove them back indoors to thaw!  However, our littlest girl had a fabulous time in her first experience of snow.

 

 

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