Sunday, 9 January 2011
Wall to wall.
The temperature hovers around freezing. There is wall to wall sunshine and a deep blue sky. Unfortunately there is also wall to wall ice everywhere and the roads are lethal. The ice is so bad here at the moment that I have heard of at least two vehicles which have been parked up on hills and have slid down in spite of the hand brake being securely on. Even going out to the bird table is dangerous and a friend rang this morning to tell me not to go to the bird table in my carpet slippers as she had heard on the radio of a spate of broken wrists from people doing just that!
One thing about the sunshine though, it does cheer everywhere up. Tess follows it round the house, sitting in patches wherever they fall. Yesterday another friend gave me some daffodils (she knows how much I love them this time of the year). By this morning they are in full bloom in the warm room - and they do the heart good, as do the hyacinths which were a present from Santa. I suppose we love them all because they are a reminder of what is to come in the garden.
The helebores are out (Christmas roses). As usual they are pretty scruffy blooms although their pristine whiteness shines through and I love them.
There is a strong west wind blowing and as I spilt my morning coffee sitting up in bed this morning, I have changed the bedding and as I type this the farmer is pegging it out on the washing line to dry in the strong breeze.
today's aros: leave the fallen leaves to the North wind, he will tidy them up for you.