24 December, 2009

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Snow is unusual before Christmas in southern England (despite the traditional pictures on Christmas cards), which is just as well given the transport chaos it causes. It looks very pretty if you're not trying to travel, though :-)

Snow on holly berries












Snowy path through the woods
















.... with many snow-laden overhanging branches bowed down over the path, just waiting to tip snow down your neck if you forget to duck

















Sunlight catching the snow in the canopy













Field covered in snow

9 comments:

Susan Higginbotham said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Doug said...

An excellent opportunity to test my father's belief that snow before Christmas is followed by a mild winter (certainly I recall several severe winters which started after Christmas). We may often get a tiny trace before Christmas, which may not count, but there is no doubt we've had some this time.
Well said, it's lovely if you are inside looking out at it, but I've never been very good at walking on it safely, let alone any serious transport!

Annis said...

Looks magical! We're basking in sunshine here Down Under-- Merry Christmas :)

Gabriele C. said...

Ohh, pretty snow.

Merry Christmas to you.

Carla said...

Thanks, everybody, and happy Christmas to all of you.

Doug - I hope your father's theory is right, given the transport chaos :-) Snow looks lovely, but not if you have to travel a long way...

Rick said...

This is actually a bit surprising. I think of snow, culturally, as a North American thing, not English. Tobogganing (sp?), mittens, snowballs, all that.

(The parts of North America where our traditions formed, not the part where I live, where you drive to the mountains if you want snow.)

Bernita said...

"It looks very pretty if you're not trying to travel, though..."
Aye and amen.
Happy Christmas, Carla.

tenthmedieval said...

I lasted four days of ice-sheet roads before finally executing an unplanned but graceful slide in mid-turn on my bicycle, luckily with no traffic around. It was nice for a couple of days but I'm glad it's mostly gone now!

Carla said...

Rick - Serious snowfall hasn't been as common in England in the last few winters as it was a few decades ago, but it does happen, especially the further north you go and over high ground. Not to anything like the extent that the Mid-West and New England can do snowfall, though!

Bernita - I don't think our snow can compare with Canada :-) Happy Christmas!

Tenthmedieval - You're braver than I am. I took one look at the ice rink on the lanes, put my bike back in the shed and walked across the fields to get the shopping in. The best place for snow is Christmas cards :-)