No, this photograph was not taken this year. It was taken in January three years ago when we had a sudden heavy snowfall. I used it for our Christmas card that same year and I just came across it by chance the other day.
Snow is so photogenic, isn't it? It looks so pretty on the trees and lying in the fields; not so pretty for the farmers who have to go out in it to feed the animals (and sometimes dig the sheep out of snow drifts). What happens, of course, is that farmers usually end up with osteo-arthritis and my farmer is no exception, suffering from it in his knees, shoulders and hands.
Today is bitterly cold here and snow lies on the top of the Moor and on the top of Penn Hill, both of which we can see from our kitchen window. Here though it is raining heavily one minute and what the farmer calls a 'glishy' sun the next. I have just taken Tess for her after-lunch walk and water is pouring down the lane in a river. Pity the poor souls in the West Country who have had a miserable Christmas with the flooding. Some people in our village are still not back to normal after our flooding, and that was a couple of months ago.
The wood-burner beckons and putting on one's outdoor clothes, scarves, hat and gloves is such a bind. Then when one gets out and gets moving it is quite enjoyable. Tess just doesn't seem to notice the weather at all.
Tomorrow will be New Year's Eve and another party although I wonder how many people will be able to come and how many will be struck down with the bug that is going round here. I thought on Thursday that I was getting it as I felt quite ill, but gradually I have begun to feel better until today I am almost back to normal, so I hope I have fought it off without too many ill effects.
If you are venturing out to a party or if, like me, you are giving one - do enjoy it and see in the New Year. Here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year with good health for everyone - surely the most important thing on a personal level. On a wider level then the greatest hope has got to be for Peace around the world, but with what is going on in Syria, as well as other places where persecution of minorities or ill treatment of women seem to be commonplace and taken forgranted, I fear this is a vain hope.