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'Snowdrop walk'.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My friend Ruth and I decided to go on an annual 'snowdrop walk' in the grounds of a nearby stately home.

It's Thorpe Hall, near the village of Rudston in East Yorkshire and is the home of Sir Ian MacDonald of Sleat and his family.
It isn't open to the public except for two week-ends in spring when they have their annual 'snowdrop' and 'daffodil' walks.
Only the woodland area is opened and all the proceeds go to Rudston village church so it's for a good cause too, not commercial like the other stately homes.
There's a newly refurbished tearoom, in the old laundry, run by the village ladies and well worth a visit as it sports mouth wateringly delicious home made tasties and a good cuppa.
They usually have snowdrops and aconites for sale too.

Anyway after the heavy snow we've had we were fearing the worst as last year they didn't do very well with visitors as the flowers were hidden under inches of snow. This year we were lucky, the snow having disappeared only days before the due week-end.

The forecast was decidely gloomy...for sleet and showers and it was very cold and windy so we were bundled up well.
We set off wearing, in my case walking boots and Ruth's case shocking pink wellies with the breast cancer awareness logo all over them, clomping through the rutted muddy track down to the pond which was completely dry, not even soft mud, after the lack of rain throughout the last year so we walked where we hadn't ever walked before.
I'm afraid we went 'off piste' so to speak as it wasn't part of the designated trail...but it was pretty!

The bare woodland plain trunked beech trees were carpeted underfoot with snowdrops and aconites. Intermingled gold, white and green amid the fallen ginger coloured beech masts and leaves.
It was stunning, they stretched out along the track sides and my pictures don't do them justice.

We rounded one bend and bumped into seven people we knew from our own village,there was lots of joking about how 'we should have got a bus up' before saying our goodbyes and we wandered on.

It was so peaceful in the Gypsy Valley, though the little stream wasn't running. The Gypsy Race is what's called ephemeral water as sometimes it disappears underground but it always comes back.
We ambled across an open field before the trees enfolded us and suddenly the sun came out, slanting through the bare branches making the dust motes dance before hiding back behind the clouds.

As we neared the end of the walk, by the lovely old octagonal dairy with it's stained glass windows, we bumped into the lady herself.
Lady Juliet was walking two of her prize winning dalmations. She was very chatty and remembered us as she'd had a cup of tea with us in the tearoom last year at the 'daffodil' walk.
It fair made our afternoon.

Of course, we finished off at the Old Laundry Tearoom for a piece of delicious homemade flapjack, a drink and a well deserved sit down.
We know all the ladies of the village and the seven friends from our own village were there too so we spent a pleasant half hour chatting with friends and catching up with the latest gossip from both villages.
We included some visitors who hadn't been to Thorpe before, they remarked how friendly everyone was and they'd definitely be coming again so we gave them details for the 'daffodil' walk and away they went ' Happy as Larry!
Who is Larry?

Here are a few pictures from the walk:

Sorry, I'm having trouble uploading, it says the file's too big even though it's the same as usual so will try later:

Still having trouble so trying the html instead, hopefully you can then view my flickr posts by clicking on the set Thorpe Hall then clicking on it again, then click on each photo in the set to view on large or you can just click on each of the small photos at the right hand side of the page...there are some of last years 'daffodil walk' in the set too.

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GOLDFISHLIZ 2/21/2012 4:38PM

    Lovely! I love snowdrops - so pretty, and long lasting. Ours were very early this year - early January, so some are going over a bit, but what a treat. I have some daffies just about to pop - and this is Cumbria!

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SUE_2U 2/21/2012 2:33PM

    Oh my it sounds lovely! And the pictures are incredible! So many of them everywhere! I've not seen that many snowdrops all in one place, before!
Love your pictures so much! Thank you for sharing!

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ECONLADY 2/21/2012 1:10PM

    Your writing is as beautiful as your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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Well, hello!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The temperatures have picked up nicely now and the snow is disappearing fast though we've got weather predictions of very low temperatures and possibly more snow for next week.
It's nice to see the sunshine on the viburnum and the hardy little snowdrops which the snow hid are poking is my stone teddy bear!

Snowdrops poking through

Stone teddy bear on the garden wall

Viburnum Bodnantense 'Dawn'

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MARTHA-ANN 2/19/2012 4:34PM


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DOLLBABE56 2/19/2012 3:04PM

    Beautiful pictures.

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SUE_2U 2/17/2012 2:36PM

    What lovely photos! Really enjoyed them very much! Spring is there!

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MARTHA-ANN 2/17/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks everyone emoticon

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XME501 2/17/2012 11:25AM

    Love the little teddy bear!! So cute peeking out from the snow.

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/17/2012 1:46AM

    They blossom is beautiful. Wow, if your snowdrops are popping up, then mine should be. I will have to go look. I hope the next snow storm isn't heavy!

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CELLOPLAYER1 2/16/2012 6:06PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ECONLADY 2/16/2012 4:13PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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MOM2ACAT 2/16/2012 3:13PM

    Beautiful pics!
I have a few snowdrops too but haven't seen them yet this year.

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ONESPOTLEFT 2/16/2012 6:29AM

    I love snow drops!

I just love the flowers that break the snow blanket

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my world...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's minus ten this morning with a very cold wind making the wind chill factor even more .

We live in a small village but the council gritters have done a good job and we weren't snowed in this year!

Here are a few views heading out around the village:

At least the road's been cleared!

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/15/2012 3:15PM

    Sorry I am late reading your blog. The snow is so pretty. You have old interesting trees as well. I love to see them bare, especially against the snow. Wonderful pictures!

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XME501 2/12/2012 12:32PM

    Beautiful!! But looks so cold.

We had only a smidgen of snow this winter and a very cold spell. But, it is sunny and warmer this morning. Am planning to get out for a walk this afternoon - and will stop at the club after a trip to WalMart. Need ink for my printer and more light bulbs for the dining room - the last one of 5 blew yesterday.

You have certainly had your share of the snow and cold. Just hope you are staying warm!!

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MARTHA-ANN 2/12/2012 7:20AM

    Thanks, it is beautiful but it makes life difficult!

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SUE_2U 2/11/2012 9:08PM

    Really beautiful photos! But so cold!!!! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 2/11/2012 2:13PM

    Beautiful scenery!

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Sleepy time gal...

Monday, February 06, 2012

It's been an odd week-end.

Saturday wasn't too bad.
I went grocery shopping, then met my son and grand daughter and we walked along the seashore. It's quite usual for us to do this, nothing out of the ordinary exercise wise, but towards the evening I began feeling tired. Nothing specific, no aches or pains, no feeling queasy...I just kept nodding off!

Sunday I didn't wake until 10.20am which isn't at all like me and then most of the afternoon and evening I just kept nodding off. I even missed a TV programme I'd been wanting to watch!

My DH said 'You'll never sleep tonight if you keep nodding off like that' but I did...all night until 8.20 am this morning'm still tired!

This morning we set off late for my hospital treatment because of the five inches of snow we got Saturday evening.
I don't actually have an appointment, I can go anytime between 7am and 11 am, we usually go for 8am but today we didn't get there until around 10am.
It was pretty cold in the car as the air was temperature outside was at minus 9 but I still managed to fall asleep on the way there!

I've only been back about an hour and so far I've had a hot drink and another nap!

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ECONLADY 2/11/2012 10:16AM

    Yikes! Makes me appreciate our weather! Keep warm!

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MARTHA-ANN 2/8/2012 10:30AM

    I aren't worrying not getting anything done!
It's too easy to stay curled up by the fire with this cold snowy weather

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ONESPOTLEFT 2/8/2012 6:13AM

    yes I agree listen to your body and let it rest.

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SNUZSUZ 2/7/2012 2:54PM

    You must need it, so relax and enjoy:)

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MARTHA-ANN 2/6/2012 8:34AM

    Thanks, I aren't worrying. I know it's to do with some medication I'm trying emoticon

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ECONLADY 2/6/2012 8:19AM

    Let your body get the sleep it needs and don't worry.

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Sunset's golden glow

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We went to a retail outfit for DH to buy shoes and on the way back stopped off at Hornsea mere. It's an inland fresh water mere and a haven for wildlife. Lots of Canada Geese and Mute Swans over winter here
It was a really cold day and very windy but the sun was just setting.
It looked beautiful.
DH was a wimp and stayed in the car drinking hot chocolate while I walked around the shore. He'd had two cups by the time I got back and when I asked for a cup said it was all gone!
He had kept the car heater running so I was soon toasty again!

Here are a few pictures of the sunset:

The setting sun casts a long gleam over the mere

A boat is silhouetted against the horizon

Terns heading in to roost

Terns swooping in

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LILSUNFLOWER 1/30/2012 7:21AM

    How very beautiful. Those pictures are inspiring.
What camera do you use?

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/27/2012 11:42PM

    Fantastic photos Martha. It was a beautiful sunset. Loved the birds too!

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MARTHA-ANN 1/27/2012 7:16AM

    Thanks everyone, I've always got my camera with me where ever I go, never know when an opportunity will arise! emoticon

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SUE_2U 1/27/2012 6:36AM

    Wow! I'd love blow ups of any of those on my wall, especially the ones with the terns. Beautiful work!

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ECONLADY 1/25/2012 7:34AM

    Wow! Truly beautiful!

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XME501 1/25/2012 7:06AM

    Absolutely beautiful!!

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