Friday, 21 January 2011
Fine days, cold nights.
We are getting cloudless days of bright sunshine; although it is bitterly cold there is now some warmth in the sun as long as one keeps out of the wind. The price we are paying is very hard frosts at night. This morning everywhere is white with frost and, as we had breakfast, the moon was just setting over the moor, so I popped out in my dressing gown and took a photograph for you. (see what I will suffer for my blogging friends).
Yesterday Tess and I walked over the fields to the village (see how blue the sky is over the village). The sun was warm but in the shady places there was thick ice on the puddles and as we approached the village down our little lane it was so slippery that we gave up the fight and came back a different way - I was scared of falling over.
But the walk was lovely. A little owl flew in front of us until we came to the edge of his territory. I tried to get a photograph of him, but he was far too clever for me and kept making tik-tik-tik noises, telling me to get off his patch.
The frost has removed the bark from an old tree stump in our top Mill Lane field and it has revealed such beautiful colours and interesting nooks and crannies - surely these will make lovely summer homes for some creatures.
Speaking of small creatures I am reading Charles Darwin's Diary and last night read how he lifted a stone and found two rare beetles under it, so he put one in each hand. Then he saw a third rare beetle which he also wanted, so he popped one of the beetles in his mouth!!! It spurted acrid liquid on to his tongue and he spat it out, by which time the third beetle had gone. What these great men would do in the cause of science eh?
today's aros: In January bright sunny days mean cold frosty nights.