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).