Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Receding snowline.. at last!

Views seen from our bedroom window over the rooftops.

The above photos were taken from our bedroom window/through all the rain and snow lashed fug layers on the window panes. Hence the lack of real clarity.
Thank goodness to see blue skies again, even though there are some clouds.
We had everything thrown at us yesterday.  Hail, rain, sleet and large snowflakes. High winds too. Yet, here we are today, and most of the snow has retreated back up to the lakeland fells. 
I was meant to travel to play my indoor flat green bowls yesterday, but the weather put a stop to that!  It was blizzard conditions by the time I was ready to set off, so I decided, out of fear; since I was travelling alone, not to go.    I think I mentioned in my previous entry that it was 30 miles to Penrith from here and meant travelling up through the fells along the motorway.   I wish it had been today instead...but c'est la vie!

This picture hangs on the wall opposite my chair.  It is the interior of Hill Top Cottage which was once Beatrix Potter's home..
It's not too clever, as I can see my own reflection in it, but it gives an idea as to what it is like inside.
There is a cat by the door in the sunshine and another one lying on the ragrug in front of a roaring fire.  The table is set for tea.
The National Trust now look after the cottage which is just across the lake from our village.
Bye for now....

Monday, 4 February 2013

This was last weeks snow.  It stayed a day and come the rained.  It is almost gone off the fells now, but nary a sign of it on the roads and gardens.
Today.. powerful gusts of wind are propelling those on foot up our steep hill.  This weather can come in handy!  lol
The little yellow wagtail is a regular daily visitor to the feeding station under our stone bench. Porridge oats and suet fatballs have been seeing him and other wild birds through these hard months.
A pair of robins visit the station.  A rare sight.  They must be a couple, as males don't allow other males into their territory.
Blackbirds, sparrows and wrens also visit, as well as a deformed pigeon and its partner. 
I am not overly fond of pigeons, but at this time of year I can't bear to see any living creature suffer without food.
There is a cute little mouse which lives in the stone wall... it hopped down and up onto the wall again before the sun rose.  It was so tiny!
I'm off to play  indoor flat green bowling tomorrow up at Penrith. ( About 30 miles from here).
A large group of us take over the facilities for the day, once a fortnight.  Lunch is prepared and served buffet style for us, before we resume again in the afternoon.  I so enjoy the day!
Bryan doesn't join me now as he plays for an indoor short bowls team.  He found that playing the longer flat green bowls didn't help his accuracy when playing short green bowls.

We both play crown green bowls from spring through to the beginning of winter. That's a different game altogether compared to flat green bowling.   Crown Green Bowling is more difficult because each green has a crown and various dips and hollows which you have to work out for yourself as you play.  We play in the Rural and Senior team which gets our old tickers going when taking part in competitions.   lol 

I hope to make this the first of regular entries from me....hopefully!
Since Facebook came along there has been fewer entries.  I never thought that would happen but...there you are!  Such is life.