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“Anyone can slay a dragon …but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.”
— Brian Andreas

The frost was beautiful this morning. Overnight the temperature dropped and it was almost as if there had been a light dusting of snow. The meadow always looks completely different when the weather changes, so we headed down there pretty early (for a Sunday anyway) to get some photographs.

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Additionally, to give Buddy a run! He loved it and it seemed that the frozen ground allowed him to pick up a lot more animal scents than usual as he was incredibly busy throwing himself in all the bushes and lakes.

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This afternoon we watched the new Disney film ‘Frozen’ at the cinema, so it seemed fitting that I come home and blog the photographs from this mornings trek! That and the fact that watching a film about cold, snow and ice always makes you feel much more colder than usual when you leave the cinema.

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The ‘storms’ are supposedly hitting us again this evening, although not as bad as before. Hopefully we will get to see in  the New Year with electricity, warmth and trees intact!

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“Tut, Tut, looks like rain”
― A.A. Milne

It’s almost natural instinct to go out with the camera after a storm now, and whilst my intention wasn’t to try and get shots for the local newspaper this time – it was still to try and document how the country is suffering somewhat, with the current weather situation. Much of the County (Hampshire) still remains without power along with several other coastal counties further East of England. The storm is heading towards Scotland now whilst also giving North Wales a bashing – here’s hoping it dies out on the way up.


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Last night was supposed to be bad, but it wasn’t as horrendous as Monday. We kept power and the bins and a few bits of loose garden bits were thrown around but other than that, it was fairly quiet. The flooding hit today, particularly in places like Bournemouth. We headed to the New Forest where the story was much the same, flooded roads, trees down and broken fences.


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Lepe beach was suffering particularly with the beach road closed although a few vehicles braved the flood waters to travel along the coast. The Isle of Wight was just visible, but the weather improved as time went on and gradually a few people started to brave the conditions. Whilst the storms bring chaos for many, they provide good conditions for others, as this wind surfer proved….


Christmas was warm and cosy. Lots of presents were given and received and nobody was disappointed! In fact we tested a brand shiny new Go Pro camera this afternoon whilst out in the Forest, perhaps footage will make its way here soon so all those abroad can see why we keep visiting with the camera! I can see that come January 1st it will be a battle to tear myself away from my new Kindle Paperwhite in order to do the daily blog…but I shall triumph!



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