12 December 2012

Frosty England

I've never been a big fan of winter
but my kids are

I'm one step closer to loving this season 
for all that England has shown me...

Making the most of every day
regardless of weather

Each day is a weather adventure
- snow, rain, sun, clouds, fog, or frost -

Look for more

Frozen spiderwebs look like icicles due to 'hoar frost'

As we drove to school today
my daughter looked at a fence and asked if those were real spiderwebs

'No, those are too thick to be real'

But sure enough, spiderwebs were visible with all the frost,
revealing an invisible world 
everywhere I turned

Unbelievable, no?

This is exactly what it looked like - no photo tinkering

Countless hues of grey*
- soft & muted -

The lighting in England is so different from anywhere else I've lived before

Frozen grasses look like white clouds resting in the heath

Everything is better with a cozy blanket

A gorgeous countryside drive
is never far away

'All is calm, all is bright'

Beauty is everywhere

And wear gloves with fingers on next photo shoot :)

- all photos by me -

* 'Grey' is the British spelling; 'gray' the American - important as there is so much of it here :)


my little red suitcase said...

it's lovely isn't it, jack frost is truly here! Heather x

Kirsteen Murray said...

I love a crisp frosty day! In our part of Scotland the ground has been white with either frost or snow for a few weeks now. Despite the greyness I think everything looks so pretty!

Barbara said...

There is something about the frozen earth that is so beautiful. Still I rather enjoy it from inside, with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

Holledayz said...

Love this blog - so very peaceful. I've never thought of the "hues of grey" so typical in England as beautiful...thanks for changing my impression!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous frosty pictures! The spider's web is so dainty! Greetings from equally frosty Switzerland!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What beautiful pictures, it is a frosty wonderland. You are lucky to experience such beauty, it all adds to the holiday.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Those are really gorgeous photos! Our morning was quite frosty here today too. It was the first time this year. I actually love winter, and love all the muted tones and leafless trees. It's a whole different world. You captured it beautifully! I especially love those spiderwebs.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Love these photos, there's real beauty in the frost.....so cold though brrrrrr! :)

Gesci said...

Oh, this is going to make me cry!! I was a hot-weather girl until England, and now I honestly miss the cold, the frost, the snow. England just has a way about doing winter right, you know?!
Those spider web pictures are fantastic! I made Paul pull over in the Highlands once because I couldn't believe it was just frosted spiderwebs- they are so surreal and remarkable!

Thanks for sharing, even if seeing them broke my heart a bit!!
(Keep the posts coming- I'm having my English winter vicariously now!)

Expat mum said...

Wow - I love those spiderwebs.
And now I'm a little bit homesick.

Gillian said...

These photos are beautiful. I drove down to Sheffield to see a friend today and the whole way down the light and views were so beautiful, even from the M1! Frosted hills, watery light, lots of grey and lilac and pale pinks and yellows...but I was driving so no photos, typical!

Down by the sea said...

What beautiful pictures and those spider webs are amazing!
Sarah x

paisleysummer said...

It looks very cold but amazingly beautiful! x

Sissym said...

Winter! Amazing pictures!

Rosemary said...

Today Mother Nature painted the countryside like a magical fairyland, and it was beautiful, better than any painting bought in a shop.

likeschocolate said...

Simply stunning!

greenthumb said...

Such a lovely group of photos, but is dose look very cold.

My Garden Diaries said...

Your photos are wonderful. I have never seen anything like that web...wow! I would so enjoy walks there. So calm and peaceful. Makes me long for living in the country. Stunning!

Iota said...

I love frost. Love it. I couldn't work out why we didn't have frost where I was in the Midwest (Great Plains). Is it to do with not having ground moisture? I noticed we didn't have dew either. Why would that be, I wonder?

Privet and Holly said...

Gorgeous, my friend.
You captured the mood
just perfectly...
And thank you for
clarifying grey vs gray,
as I never understood
the difference!

I LOVE that your kids
love the cold weather.
They'd fit in perfectly,
here, where we rec'd
17 inches of snow last

xo Suzanne

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Grey is my favourite colour ... clearly I'm a true Brit!

Years ago I won a school poetry competition with a poem about a frosty cobweb. I never cease to marvel at their beauty but it's odd to think that what seems everyday to me can seem exotic to someone less familiar with them.

A glorious set of photographs :D

Wendy said...

Gorgeous photos!! Love the frosty spider webs. Once in a great while we get a frosty morning like this but not often and I can't say as I remember seeing frosty spider webs! Enjoy your Christmas Holidays!

ann said...

What great winter beauty. The spider web is fantastic!

Noelle the dreamer said...

So nice to share with us Laura! Many thanks and enjoy this blessed Season to its fullest!
Keep warm,

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Amazing photos! Thanks for braving the elements to share the beauty.

Paula said...

It is so lovely where you live! I would love to visit England in the winter time!

Tabitha said...

What stunning photographs, you have an amazing eye.