A Winter Walk In The Countryside:)

Frosty Countryside - A frosty morning in the countryside
@Darkwing (21583)
December 28, 2007 6:28pm CST
It's a crisp, frosty morning, so we had better don our warm gear for this one, and our strong, walking boots. I'm going to wear my jeans, a nice, warm jumper, scarf and fleece jacket, my legwarmers, socks and walking boots. I don't have a hat, but I can pull the scarf up around my ears and mouth, if necessary. Oooops, hang on... I nearly forgot my mitts. :) I think that today, we'll head out to the millponds, simply because I know the South Downs will be sparkling with frost and there will be some amazing things to see. So, off we go, down to the south-end of the Street, taking care as we get past the pub, as there are lots of frozen leaves on the ground, making it a little slippery. The Yew trees are heavy with plump, red berries, because the birds avoid them, owing to their being poisonous. So, they make pretty red dots, among the dark green of the foliage... some have fallen down onto the path, and the tops are glistening with frost. Spiders' webs sparkle like delicate, silver woven, lace doilies in the bare twigs of the hedgerows and a squirrel darts across to the other side of the Street, searching for any remnants of acorns and hazelnuts which may have been missed by his friends. We reach the bottom of the Street, and there, in all their grandeur, stand the South Downs, in the distance, and sure enough, they wear a silvery-white coat, which glistens in the pale, morning sun. It takes your breath away for a moment... then, on we head to the field entrance. The ground is hard, and not very even, but everything is cloaked in the hard frost. Parts of tree trunks which lie on the woodland floor, branches of trees, grass, fences and the like, all sparkle and glisten. We come now, to the first millpond. The water is very still and there is a layer of ice on the top, apart from where it overflows down into a small stream, and a trickling sound can be heard, tinkling the water spirits' gleeful song. All is very quiet and peaceful, as animals go underground, and into tree hollows to keep warm... but what's that, I see, up ahead? It's a deer which has wandered out onto the track, and he's standing very still, watching to see what we're going to do next. We stop, and stand silently, watching... he does the same for a couple of minutes, then thinks better of it, and bounds into the woods, elegantly. We reach the second millpond, and there are a few ducks waddling around, and a couple who have found water amongst the ice, paddling around in the water. Icicles hang from branches, and birds fly above, twittering. I love this place. It's so peaceful and basic. There are no fish popping up their heads today... I suppose they'll be amongst the reeds. We sit a while, on the wall at the end of the pond, watching the ducks and the birds. Then, we hear the chime of the church clock in the distance. It's ten o'clock, and time to head back. We'll stop in the pub for a coffee, to warm us, and chat about our morning walk and what we've witnessed. I love winter walks, especially when there's frost, or snow on the ground. I hope you enjoyed it too.
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@weemam (13372)
29 Dec 07
Hiya pal , Yes I did enjoy it , it has been solong since I was able to go for walks , I was with you every step of the way , you described it all so well , take care pal xx
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@Darkwing (21583)
29 Dec 07
I'm glad you enjoyed it, my friend, and I hope you are beginning to get things sorted out for yourself now. I thought we all needed to relax a bit and cast our worries aside for a little while. We can start worrying again tomorrow, huh? lol. Brightest Blessings, love and huggggs. xxx
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@Lakota12 (42600)
• United States
29 Dec 07
that was such a nice and refreashing walk and to see a deer right there in front of you how wonderful. Here I would have to fo into another state and way up in the mountains to see one at this time of year. You paint such a goo d picture of it all I can just see the frost and the snow on the trees fences and ground. Hopt your time in the pub and coffee warmed you up real nicely . and thanks for the walk. hugs
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@Lakota12 (42600)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I still say I need to come visit ya. lol Only p[lace I might could see all thiis is up in Yellowstone park Where we can see elk and moose and down to chipmonks
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@Darkwing (21583)
31 Dec 07
You'd be quite welcome, my friend. There's still quite a bit of open countryside here, where we can walk. We have national trust areas and national heritage where nobody is allowed to build, so the charm is kept. Talking of moose, when I was in Oregon, we went to the coast and on the way back, we saw some free-roaming moose... loads of them. They were left in their natural habitat, and very interesting to see. We don't have moose here, but different types of deer. They roam freely in the countryside, and are more concentrated in some parts. I've seen quite a few in the St. Leonard's Forest areas, which are still green and wooded, and a group of them on the Chanctonbury estate, at the foot of the hills, where Chanconbury Ring stands. I can watch them for hours. :)
@Darkwing (21583)
30 Dec 07
Being in the Forest of St. Leonard, there are still many deer to be seen, which seem to have been around since Saxon times. It doesn't matter which part of the forest you are in, there will always be at least one deer and often, several of them... whole families. I love all that. Other animals which are always around are badgers, foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs and rabbits. The girl in the flat downstairs from me, puts bread on her lounge windowsill, and a badger comes frequently to take the bread. I know... I've heard him screeching his "thank you". lol. Brighest Blessings my friend... I'm glad you enjoyed the walk and yes, the pub coffee, the atmosphere and my lovely friends, warmed me up a treat. Love and hugggggs. xxx
@GardenGerty (157965)
• United States
29 Dec 07
I need to go for a walk more often, perhaps tomorrow will be a day for one. There are birds, I hear them call even as the snow is falling. The blue spruce in my front yard is more beautiful than any Christmas tree I have seen this year. I need to look for the cardinals, though, as I have not seen them lately, and they usually stay around all winter. We have had massive flocks of Canada geese flying over, and it seems we have had more winter this year already than in the last ten combined, although the weather service predicted above average temperatures for this winter for our area. I look in the snow and see rabbit tracks and know my Princess has been observing them as well. I am in the city, nowhere to take a rural walk and slick sidewalks to walk upon. I do not dare go out without a hat. I will take you up for the coffee, though. There is Java John's downtown
@GardenGerty (157965)
• United States
30 Dec 07
As a child, with a floor furnace, and no storm windows, I remember the frost on the inside of the windows. It was fun to warm a penny on the furnace and melt ice holes. I do not remember my feet being cold like they are this year. If they were, however, I could just stand on the floor grate.On another site I just joined a group on phenology-basically seasonal changes and happenings. I think it may motivate me to be out, and to keep journals about it. It was 7 degrees F, last night, which translates to -13.88 C. It almost reached 40 F during the day though.
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@Darkwing (21583)
30 Dec 07
Yes... why not tomorrow? I love the sound of your blue spruce covered in snow and cardinals... we don't have them here. Canadian Geese fly to our mill ponds in the spring, and breed on a little island out in the pond. I'll have to take a pic some time when I go out there. They fly right past my home, honking, in the early hours of the morning. I always know when they're here. Oh for the snow of my younger days when I too could witness rabbit and fox tracks, along with birds' imprints. Before central heating, we used to go to bed with a stone hot water bottle for our feet and a candle to light our way, and when we awoke in the morning, there would be frost patterns on our window. We could even scrape the frost off the INside of our windows with our thumb nails. Those were the days... they seem to have long gone now, and it makes me sad to think that my children and grandchildren never had that experience. As for the coffee... show me the way to Java John's. I'm with you, my friend! Brightest Blessings.
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@Darkwing (21583)
31 Dec 07
Wow... that's very interesting. Yes, you should keep a journal, and maybe write your memoirs of those days gone by, when you used to melt ice holes with warmed pennies. I love to read things like that. I used to stay with my grandmother from time to time when I was a kid, and she lived in a row of cottages out in the countryside, with a baker's at one end, and a cobbler at the other. It used to really fascinate me to go and watch the cobbler at work and the smell of bread baking was wonderful. My grandmother had gas lights downstairs and no lighting upstairs whatsoever. We used to have to carry a candle to the upstairs rooms. She used to put a stone hot water bottle in the bottom of my bed, to take the chill off and warm my feet, and I loved every minute of being there. They were hard times, as the privvy was down the garden, and we had no indoor toilet at all... chamber pots were under the beds, also... but, they are good memories. We even used a wash board and a bar of soap as well as a copper for boiling the white washing. Remember those days? Wow... we don't know we're born today. Nothing holds so much value and charm as it did then. Brightest Blessings, my friend, for a wonderful 2008, filled with light and love. x
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@lecanis (16647)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
29 Dec 07
I did indeed enjoy it. Beautiful. I read it and then went and looked out my window at my own snow here before replying... :)
@Darkwing (21583)
30 Dec 07
Awwwwwww, you are so lucky to have snow at this time of year. We have none, in the south of England, but I believe there is some in the north, today. Oh for a white Christmas! Brightest Blessings, my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. :)
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@Darkwing (21583)
31 Dec 07
Oh wow! That must be great to watch... the snow modelling at the Winter Carnival. We HAVE been forecast a bit of snow on Thursday, but not very much... if we blink, we'll probably miss those two snowflakes. ha ha ha. Brightest Blessings for a light-filled 2008, to you and your family, my friend. x
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@lecanis (16647)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
30 Dec 07
*laughs* Where I live, we usually have some amount of snow from the end of October right up to April or even May. :P In fact, coming up pretty soon, we'll have our Winter Carnival, and people will build snow statues that are as big as buildings in some cases. We get that much snow here!
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@raydene (9871)
• United States
29 Dec 07
It sound lovely.. Thanks for taking me on another walk..I've missed your walk discussions of late so I'm glad you are back at it again.. xoxooxxoxo
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@Darkwing (21583)
30 Dec 07
Yes, I know... I'm sorry my friend. So many people ask for walks and I've let it go a bit, but coming into Spring, we should have a great time walking. I'll have to find somewhere new to go... broaden the area a little. I look forward to Spring, now. Hope you're well and that you had a good Christmas, and Brightest Blessings come with wishes for a Happy New Year! Love and huggggs. xxxxx
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
2 Jan 08
aww so beautiful and i enjoyed this walk very much.very well written and oh so inspiring to the mind.thanks so much for this lovely walk once again.hope all is good and happy new years hon to you and your family.pattie xoxoxoxoxo
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@Darkwing (21583)
2 Jan 08
Thank you Pattie... I'm glad you enjoyed it. A Happy New Year to you and yours, also. Love and hugs. xxx