Thursday, 7 February 2013

It's the compulsory Snowdrop blogpost!

One of our top ten frugal activities is getting outdoors for a walk. Some members of the family grumble at the prospect, but once they are outside and walking, the moaning soon stops.

This weekend was no different but unusually the grumbler was me! Fighting a cold, I was feeling weak and rather pathetic. Never mind that; we needed to start one of our 2013 projects. 

When we went on one of our favourite local walks in the early New Year, it was the first time we had taken any photographs en route (there are some photos in this blogpost). We (well, me actually) decided it would be fun to come back and observe the seasonal changes each month.

Just at the point last Saturday when an afternoon nap looked very appealing, the kids held me to my word, and I'm glad because I felt a lot better for it.

What did we find in early February? The view up the Bybrook Valley doesn't look much different yet:

Bybrook Valley, 2 February 2013

Bybrook Valley, 2 January 2013

The trees are still looking pretty wintry. (If there's one thing this blog has taught me it's that I do like photographing trees!)




It's still very muddy out there. If there's a boggy or wet route, Son will always take it. We managed to rescue him when he got stuck.



Stuck in the mud!

The Chinese lanterns have hung in there through the snow, rain and storms of the past month, but they're looking a little more battered and skeletal.


Chinese Lanterns, 2 February 2013

Chinese Lanterns, 2 January 2013



But best of all, there are snowdrops! Spring just might be on its way.


If you look closely you'll spot that this is the cottage
you can see nestling at the foot of the valley
in the photos at the top of this blogpost!

How are your 2013 projects progressing?!

(And here's Winter Trees by The Staves to continue the wintry treey theme).


12 comments:

  1. Very nice pictures. Since doing a Second Look for my blog, I've noticed a lot of changes that I wouldn't have normally and I really like it.

    Your snow drop picture reminded me to go look at mine. I looked a week ago and they weren't up very high, but who knows how they've progressed. They are in a very out of the way place, so I have to make an effort to see them.

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  2. I think I've probably subconsciously stolen a few ideas from your blog...!! I'd like a better camera than my little point and shoot one day...what do you use? There were lots of other differences on the walk too. No livestock in the fields and a bridge had been repaired. It's like a great big game of spot the difference!

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    1. I have a point and shoot Sony. It has a lot of features, but I don't know how to use most of them. Before this, I had a little Cannon Sureshot, but it met an unfortunate end when it got dropped into the toilet. When I replaced it, I looked for one that had a fairly long zoom, so I could take pictures of birds on our feeder from my kitchen window. It does do a fairly good job of taking a picture through a dirty window.

      I think we're one big family here in the blog world and I always consider it that we share ideas with each other. I'm happy if you are sharing one of mine.

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    2. The ability to zoom is what I'd look for next time I buy a camera. And idea sharing is definitely where it's at!

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  3. We've had a mild winter here so far. And I can see a tinge of green on the trees, and my crocus are out of the ground. I've already bought my gardening seeds, and am ready to get muddy once again!

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    1. Glad you're ahead of the game...Weather permitting I'm hoping to do a bit of gardening this week (half term hols).

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  4. Our kids are much the same - moan about the prospect of a walk and then enjoy it as soon as we are out! Looks like you have some stunning countryside to enjoy too.

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    1. We have some lovely countryside around here but just lack the sea.

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  5. the picture of the little cottage is my favourite because when we walk past it it always looks nice and cosy.




















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  6. Wonderful to have this valley so close - I remember running through it in the mud, thorns scratching my ankles. Green woodpeckers there at this time of year

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    1. It's the muddiest I've ever known it at the moment! Didn't see any woodpeckers.

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  7. Oh the snowdrops...so ethereal

    Alexa from Sydney, Australia
    http://www.Alexa-asimplelife.com

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