Everyone, please consider signing this petition, these forests are ours and most of the coniferous woodlands enjoyed by so many in my part of Britain were planted as national assets. The fifteen million pounds the government currently spends on maintaining and protecting these huge areas of woodland is in my humble opinion worth every last penny.
A spread of pictures today, the first in the bright frosty sunshine this morning on the way back from the cottage. The snow is a little less today despite a light overnight fall but the sheep that remain in the fields are having to work hard to find food, though it has to be said that most are having supplementary feed.
By late afternoon, a light cloud cover was forming but the temperature still plummeting and the horses were glad to be in and fed.
On the drive home I stopped in the dark to get some shots of the “Old Man’s Baccy” I had seen earlier and immediately began to have doubts as I got out of the Landrover. It was freezing! By the time I finished the tips of my gloved fingers were beginning to throb, (oh how we suffer for our art?)
It was minus 7c……
I had to drive over to Lanchester this afternoon for a meeting, it was a nice journey in wonderful frosty sunshine. It had been another very cold night.
From the A68, (fans of John Buchan’s “Thirty Nine Steps” will know the road well!), the view across to Muggleswick Common and the old lead mines of Waskerly was spectacular covered in a blanket of deep snow.
I spotted this old barn on Cronkley Fell above Derwent Reservoir the other day but the light wasn’t very good, so it was nice to get a second chance today.
Not as cold today and the snow is starting to melt, so sad. I only took one photo today.
This is it!
The glory of this morning’s sunshine and frozen air was somewhat tempered by the heater fan freezing solid on the Landrover!
Sitting in a sub zero tin can trying not to breathe as every exhalation coated the windscreen with ice, while trying to keep on the snow covered raods was not a great deal of fun. I eventually arrived at the cottage in a fug of de-icer applied to the inside of the windows. My lungs remained unfrozen throughout…….
Thankfully, the heater thawed out by the time I drove home. Anyone who knows about Landrovers will know that the heaters are grossly inadequate but it was bliss!
The journey to Durham started well with our personal snow plough, (thanks Mr Ridley!) who does a great job keeping the road to Slaley clear every winter.
The rest of the drive was snowy but without incident and we arrived at the Passport Office in good time for one of the girls to get her emergency passport. The UN New York trip with school can go ahead! JUST!!
Durham was beautiful as usual despite the covering of snow and the Cathedral dramatic against the winter sky.
These cattle looking for forage on the way home reminded us that the snow was not only great fun but hard too.
Horses done this morning, I headed off up to the cottage to check on my Mother and see to the donkeys and hens. We had more snow overnight, a couple of inches in the valley but more higher up on the road to the village.
My road is over there somewhere?
Three inches of snow fell in the hour and a half I was there and a lot more on the journey home. The second picture is the same piece of road on the way home. Just after I stopped to take this shot a little blizzard blew up and the road started to fill in with the visibility awful. Thankfully it didn’t last too long but the rest of the journey was interesting…..
Still snowing so the evening shift of doing the horses etc should be full of excitement!
No school today, what happy “little” people and one not so little one who doesn’t have to drive into the Pennines and give a presentation to the teachers and other staff at her school.
Somehow, Jonny got to work at 5.30 this morning. It’s amazing what the promise of wages will do for a 20 year old’s resolve in the face of adversity!
The battery was flat on the Landrover this morning but when that was sorted, the foot of snow was no problem! Up at the yard, this years crop of Weetabix looked good.
Back home for lunch and this snow is falling quite heavily, could be quite an afternoon seeing to the animals and the attendant 20+ miles of driving…….