Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Weather Outside is Frightful


Living in England we have come to expect changeable weather - every day is different - you never know what to expect.  This was the view from the bedroom window yesterday - bright, clear and sunny but very cold.  This morning - totally different - freezing fog, heavy ground frost.


The mornings take forever to get light - this was taken at seven thirty.  Every morning I go up to the plot to feed my two sheep, put some hay down for them and break the ice on their water buckets.  Every morning without fail Alfie is waiting at the gate looking forward to his breakfast.



Look at that face - how could I refuse him?


After licking their bowls clean the sheep wander down into the frosted field, keeping to the hedgerow where it is a little more sheltered, and munching on nettles till the grass thaws out a little.


The horses in the field next door all have their winter coats on - this one looked expectantly at me hoping for tit-bits - I had none.

Tomorrow the weather will be different again - no two days the same - that is the joy of living in England - and I look forward to each and every one of them - mostly.

22 comments:

  1. At the moment elaine, our weather, is pretty much the same.
    Last week was heavy heavy rain,mist and cold. The weekend it picked up a little. Today the sun is shining its all looking lovely..but its cold.
    Not as cold as you get it in England.
    poor Alfie..he looks perplexed with all the snow.
    How nice that you have two sheep.
    You must live in a rural area like me..
    happy days
    val

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    1. The sheep are the last remnants of my smallholding days - they are both getting old now sadly.

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  2. Poor sheep, it can't be much fun out in this cold. At least they've got nice warm fleeces! I hate this weather, roll on Spring :)

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    1. They don't seem to mind the cold - it's rain they don't like - as soon as we get a few spots they run for their shed.

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  3. BRRR! Funny we have just had a series of misty cold days and all have been remarking - "just like London" What do we know, we've never lived in London, but have had plenty of it on all too brief visits! I adore your sheep!

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    1. This has been a funny old year for bad weather - but it is to be expected at this time of year.

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  4. I didn't realise you had sheep - he's gorgeous :-)

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    1. He was hand-reared so very tame, the other one Ed is a b*****d, he bullies Alfie something rotten (and me come to that).

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  5. We had the same thing this morning, and the frost hasn't thawed at all, it just took me 20 minutes to defrost the car.

    I LOVE Alfie, how wonderful that you have two, although I bet it's no fun running out with feed at the crack of dawn when it's freezing.

    Lovely piccies.xxxxx

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    1. I have been going out at the crack of dawn for so long I don't even think about it now. The fog never lifted all day here.

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  6. Very seasonal post (and song love it by Dean Martin)

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    1. I've just checked out the second line David - and its
      But the fire is so delightful

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  7. Oh I love your frosty photos. But I'm a terribly weakling when it comes to cold so I will stay here and oooh and ahhh at pictures. Do give Alfie a pet for me. No, that face can't be resisted!

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    1. I'm like you - I just hate being cold. Alfie is an old sweetie but very old - I shall miss him when his time is up.

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  8. Brrrrrr! Very atmospheric photos and so nice to share some of your morning chores, especially from the comfort of my living room. I love the photo of home with the lights on. Great to meet Alfie :)

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    1. No so pleasant to be out in - but today is different again - I'm afraid I go into hibernation during this kind of weather.

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  9. It's like that here today so I've not ventured out, except to feed the birds first thing. Flighty xx

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    1. Bright and sunny here today but really frosty - I put loads of food out for the poor birds (I bet they had a cold night) and I have never seen so many blackbirds all together, a flock of about 24 starlings, a woodpecker on the nuts, sparrows, finches - green and gold, tits of all types - it was a wonderful sight - so much so - that I was so busy watching them I let my porridge boil over!

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  10. Elaine! You have sheep! Could your life get any better! Sheep would be high on my wish list...jealous? Moi? Just a tad x

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  11. It's amazing how changeable our weather is isnt it? I dont mind cold as long as its bright, but I hate freezing fog. Love your little Alfie, what a gorgeous face, I couldnt resist him either!

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  12. Ha, we have the same weather, every day is different, at least we never get bored. Your sheep calls sweet memories. When the children were little, we had some sheep, until they were grown up. I love life with animals and real country life so do you I see.

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  13. Great photos Elaine, so evocative. And I share your love of our so-varied weather. Never boring!

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