Tuesday, 30 November 2010

It's very cold in England

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams

W.B. Yeats

I woke up this morning to a white world.  England is covered in a blanket of snow.  It looks pretty but it is causing havoc as usual.

I am hoping not to go out today unless just in the garden to feed the birds.  I have bought some mealworms to feed the robin and he is very grateful, hopping back and forward all day long to take his fill.  I'm hoping to take a short video of him later to show you but first I have lots of ironing to do.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost (1923)
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Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

I took these pictures in my magical wood last year but since it looks exactly the same today, I am posting them again. I don't think you can have too much of a good thing.



  1. Nice pictures and poetry. What happened to autumn? The snow drove it away, that's what happened to autumn. Unusual and unwanted.

  2. That next to last picture is spooky! Great shots, whatever year you took them in your magical wood. Stay safe and warm inside, Star.

  3. Lovely photos and beautiful poetry.
    The snow for sure looks pretty. Shame about the chaos that it brings.
    We have not had any.

  4. First snow is so refreshing and hopeful. It goes so well with the words in the last stanza of that poem.

  5. What lovely photography, I love the snow but brrrrr it is so cold here. We have only had a fluttering really compared to most, but it does look pretty. Thank you for your lovely comment, was in no particular order but he should be higher up and have now popped him in at number 4 ;0) As for the Doorstops, I use a pearl barley/rice mix and use scented oil in a little muslin ball for the scent, which I pop in. I use lavender, cranberry, rose, lavender etc. Very very simple to make let me know if you want the details.



  6. Lovely snowy pictures! Keep warm!

    We are getting heavy rain just now Over an inch and a half so far....

  7. I agree with DJan about that picture. They are all lovely. I enjoy that initial hush that comes with a fresh snowfall. I know it can get to be a pain, but that first little while before you start thinking about all the extra work to shovel, etc., is so sweet. I'm hoping we get some snow here soon...


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