Let’s talk snow… it’s just a memory.

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There was a time when I lived in a place where, if it snowed…  boy did it snow!  Massive drifts of the beautiful white stuff was the norm. And being snowed in the house was not unusual. The car needed snow chains on to get anywhere and the boot of it was always weighted down… for extra traction.

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They don’t make snow like they used to, these days.

I live in a vale that seems to be in a no man’s land… and bang in between weather systems. To the north and south of us there is weather. Where we are, we can expect the exact opposite of what others are getting.

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This is not to say that we don’t get some fabulous weather and skies. We have big skies here. But, they can threaten snow, thunderstorms and clear off just as quickly as they appeared.

And sometimes it’s too cold to snow. The immediate world is just frozen solid.

We seem to have our very own weather system.

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I happen to love snow. Hey, who’d have thought it?

  • I love the quiet and peacefulness that it brings. That sense of solitude. The dull sound of the traffic as it slowly rolls past our cottage, when we have heavy snow
  • The sundown barn owl that looks for its tea over the long grass, protruding from the snow, at the edge of the field
  • The footprints in the snow… human and animal
  • The quality of light that a layer of thick snow radiates
  • Walks at night in the snow… no torches required. Team it with a full moon… perfection
  • Battling my way through a blizzard
  • The beautiful landscapes just waiting to be photographed, painted and written about

If you’re well wrapped up against the elements there is no better thing than trudging through the snow… and a great work out for the leg muscles as well. The freezing, clear air creeps into your body and gives you a detox. You’re pitted against nature and it’s a battle to survive. That element of danger is addictive and yet terrifying. Snow deserves respect.

And then when you make it back home, there’s the tea and crumpets to savour. Don’t worry about the calories… you’ve just done your exercise for the day.

So, bring on the snow I say. I want to walk and play and see what other animals have been out playing and walking in it.

How about you… do you love the snow?

Thanks for dropping by.

Dorne x

 

 

 

 

Two thoughts for the day and a picture.

Article from A Southern Fairytale (Rachel Matthews)
Article from A Southern Fairytale (Rachel Matthews)

Oh, if only days lasted for longer than 24 hours; we didn’t need to sleep, do chores and some of us were actually organised!

I don’t pop up on here, nor my sister blog Write Dorne, as often as I would like. So, here’s two thoughts for today.

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Article from bloglovin

If nothing else I make sure of the dirty feet, messy hair and sparkling eyes.

Join me in having dirty feet today and look for the joy in life. Turn off the telly and radio. Back away from that newspaper and leave the gloomers and doomers to their own misery. Yes, the world is going mad… in parts; but, there are some good things out there.

And I’m off to find them, in my usual messy way…coming?

Carpet of water lilies by Dorne
Carpet of water lilies by Dorne

Thanks for dropping by.

Dorne x

 

 

See the beauty: the sun doesn’t need to always shine.

WP_20160412_16_43_50_Pro_edited trees 9Just checking in with some images I got the other day, whilst out walking my faithful greyhound,

It was a grey day and the heavens had opened…on my poor hubby on his mobility scooter!

But afterwards, there was a wonderful light. So I took some pictures.

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That’s it for now.

I apologize for being rather absent from here of lately. I will try to keep up: famous last words!

Thanks for stopping by.

Dorne x

My autumn: a video, music and me just playing.

Sometimes I like to just play around… it’s good for the soul: and this blog is all about the inner child.

I love autumn… in all of its glory.

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The mist, sunrises, sunsets, early frosts, the coming and going of birds, the dramatic animal shows and of course nature’s spectacular splash of colour.

I may be called Dorne and yes, it is pronounced dawn, but, I am not a true morning person. So, some of these shots are absolute miracles, as they were taken at dawn.

Here’s a short video, with an original track I’ve put together. I don’t think Mr Speilberg has anything to worry about!

Hope you enjoy and thanks for taking the time to drop by here.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

Tree root chandeliers.

Found on zeutch.com
Found on zeutch.com

I’m still a Pinterest virgin, but I’m learning…I hope. Today’s foray into this wonderful and inspiring internet zone has brought these rather cool images to my attention. So, now I bring them to you. Keep clicking on the images to bring up a proper size picture.

In this installation by Guiseppe Lican tree roots emerge from the ceiling.

I love all things trees, their leaves, bark, roots, the sounds they make and the cycles they go through. Where would we be without beautiful trees….quite possibly extinct?

What a cool idea for chandeliers. Just stunning…I hope you agree.

That’s it for now and a big thanks for dropping by here. Have a great Thursday evening.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

 

The humble starling: or is he?

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Photo credit: petinfoclub.com

The starling: a beautiful and very clever bird in his own right. But, put him with a few friends in the fall and they can do this:

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Unbelievable indeed. Quite how and why they do this is beyond me. But, sometimes it makes nature’s spectacles all the more magnificent, when we don’t have all of the answers and we can just observe things like this…through child-like, wondrous eyes.

It is one of my dreams to film a display like this one day. If I ever manage it, I will post it on here…I won’t be able to help myself.

Nature at its most amazing.

Enjoy.

Thanks for visiting and have a great Sunday evening.

Until the next time.

Dorne x