I feel so lucky to have been able to experience snow yet again. It's so early in the year, and we normally don't get much snow in the UK in January at all. Snow tends to come in late March or beginning of April, this is if we even get any. It also tends to settle for not longer than a day. A few little snowflakes fall....and a few hours later it's all melted.
This time, however, the snow has actually settled for a little longer than that, and I had to take advantage of the opportunity.
We've had snow all week, but not all the time. It would snow for 5 minutes...then stop for 5 hours...then a few more snowflakes...but yesterday night it snowed for a while, and it kept snowing this morning. The result? I've woken up to a blanket of white! Needless to say, as soon as I woke up, I put on my wellies and coat, and headed out with my camera for a nice walk in the snow.
Since moving to our new home, this was the first time I experienced snow in a new area, so I was curious to see how the blanket of white would affect everything around me: the houses, the gardens, the trees, the cars, my balcony, the massive forest behind my house...
Our street looked beautiful: the before dark rooftops now looked bright white, a colour that honestly suits them way better than the moody dark brown that seems to be chosen for the majority of the roofs in the UK.
There weren't many people out - I think I only walked by a dog and its owner throughout my walk this morning. People tend to cocoon in the comfort of their houses because they hate the cold, how slippery the streets get, the inconvenience of traffic. I say they are missing out!
Having said that, here's more snow for me to enjoy on my own. And, if you know me even just a little bit, you know that this doesn't bother me at all. Leave all the snow for me to enjoy. I will build snowmen, take photographs, walk in the snow and enjoy every second of it!
I left the house at 9am and decided to turn right and go down to the mini-forest behind my house. Nice open fields of green that must now be covered in white must be a good starting point - I thought.
And I was right! Before I knew it, my camera was out, and I was photographing everything that caught my attention: tiny plants covered in snowflakes, the grass, the paw prints of animals, the sky.
I love to get up close with flowers in particular, but I was fascinated by everything, including a little small pond that was frozen solid. Before I knew it, the sun was rising up in the sky, and suddenly the colours around me changed from tones of blue to more of a golden tone. I couldn't get over the sound of my steps in the snow - one of my favourite things about walking in the snow is the sound it makes when you walk on it.
After photographing a few flowers, I decided to continue down the path, which was still clearly visible, despite all the snow. I am not going to lie, I was a little scared of getting lost. I'm not used to the trail yet, and whenever I've explored it prior to today it was not covered in snow. I was a little hesitant in going too far on on hand, but on the other, how else would I be able to explore everything and take nice photos?
The frozen pond was gorgeous. In this particular spot, you could hear lots of birds chirping and flying from tree to tree.
I explored for about an hour before turning back and heading back home. I was keen to go to my favourite café and have a cup of coffee or tea, and with this add another little walk around my old estate, but Bruno had been working all night and he was tired. So, instead, I started walking back home slowly, taking some more photos.
As soon as I got home, the snow started falling again, and I could not believe it! More snow? Jackpot!!
I made a cup of tea and sat outside with my giant coat on. Watching the tiny snowflakes fall on the trees is one of my favourite things to do! I love the contrast of green with tiny white circles. It's almost like the tree is illuminated with white Christmas lights, only it's actually snow!
I live for snow. Honestly, I spend 365 days a year praying that I get to see this as many days as possible in the year. I genuinely love it! Some people tell me 'Ok, so you say you love snow, but would you even go outside if it actually snows or would you just stay home looking out the window? Because if I stay home looking out the window, I love it too...'
They don't get it...of course I go outside! Of course I go and enjoy it. Every single time! Unless I'm at work and can't. And trust me, even so, I grab my phone and do a happy dance while I go from window to window taking photos...the ladies I work with think I'm crazy! And they are right! But think of how boring I would be if I wasn't crazy! Give me crazy every day.