It snowed heavily here over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of March. In the past the snow seemed almost rare and as soon as it appeared I got the camera out, but the last few years it’s become almost commonplace!
However today is April 3rd and the snow is still with us, so after a rather chilly walk in the wintery sunshine (even though it is technically Spring) I am posting some photos.
Our walk was along the High Peak Trail, a disused railway line set above Wirksworth in Derbyshire.
Occasionally the trail runs through an old railway tunnel, today though I noticed that the snow had been blown almost halfway through the tunnel
and the roof had loads of icicles.
I watched a small bird throwing moss around, busy looking for food no doubt and I admit I felt glad that I have a nice warm house to go back to.
Despite the cold it was so beautiful that it was tempting to stop and gaze over gates and fences.
A couple of hours outside was enough for me and I am now hoping for Spring and hopefully a Summer this year that lasts longer than a couple of weeks!
I’m sorry for the lack of blogs recently, I promise there’s many wonderful things in the pipeline, including some yummy recipes, wonderful tutorials and exciting competitions. Recently I have found myself somewhat preoccupied with keeping the kids and puppy entertained, I’m sure many of you have been doing similar. We’ve had lots of wonderful trips out and about, here are just a few pics from our recent bear hunt at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire!
The National Trust had kindly provided maps for the young explorers, so off we went on a bear hunt!
Various Olympic inspired activities had to be completed during the expedition.
Occasionally we were lucky enough to find a sign that aided us on our way.
Our search ended when we found the Teddy Bear Olympics taking place in the Ice house!
The children were rewarded with bear shaped shortbread at the end of their hunt, while I took the time to say hello to the resident deer.
I even spied this most handsome white fellow off in the distance.
The spotty crocodile found time to explore and get overly excited at every new smell and sight. All in all everyone had a wonderful day out and we shall be visiting again soon.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have some lovely weather recently, good for the Olympics, great for the garden and even better if you like to venture out and about into the countryside!
Today I’m just sharing a few summer photos taken over the last few days.
First I’ll introduce you to this little chap (or chapette, I’m not sure how you tell the difference??). I first heard a few stones moving, instantly fearing some nefarious plot was afoot I ventured to find out the source. When I saw two green legs I was somewhat alarmed, although further investigation proved it was infact quite a sizeable frog. At this point my husband stepped in and scooped froggy up to show the kids. Froggy was then placed back in the garden where he (or she) spent a few minutes sitting by the dogs ball before leaping off to pastures new.
These next few photos were taken at Middleton Top, where the Spotty Crocodile watched over the children as they searched rocks for signs of fossils. We also encountered many bees, moths and bugs, who for the most part were happy to stay still while their portrait was taken.
The spotty crocodile also discovered an extreme fondness for long grass!
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and managing to get out and about when the sunshine allows.
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