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What a name for a weather front! But it was all true – and the chilling temperatures of The Beast met the snow that came with Storm Emma to give us a fantastic few days of proper weather. I’ve seen snow before and I’ve known it cold, but neither of those have been experienced at the levels we’ve had for the past few days. We’ve had -7 celcius combined with wind chill of -13 celcius and some snow drifts are around 3 – 4 feet high in our area of England.

Luckily, I didn’t need to travel today and was able to wrap up warm with the uni books. I took a well earned break exploring the countryside and grabbing a few photographs though, thanks to my Dad’s 4 x 4.


We found a Lapwing (bird) on our travels! He/she was sitting on the side of the road, freezing. We didn’t think it would make it but my Mum wrapped it up in her scarf and I think it spent the afternoon by their fire thawing out and is now doing well again!


We also (thought) we rescued an elderly lady making her way down the road. It really wasn’t safe for anyone to be walking but she was braving it – we asked her where she was going and took her there, turns out she was going to someone’s house to do their ironing! It was sort of a good deed but gosh… dedication to the job there.



The snow has stopped and a thaw is forecast over the weekend – I’ve never seen such constant snow before, followed by freezing rain – which really is a thing. We have intermittent heating and hopefully that will be fixed over the weekend but in the meantime we’re wrapping up warm and keeping calm! Enjoy the photos… it’s been a while hasn’t it…













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β€œAn adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
― G.K. Chesterton

This weekend has given us the strangest weather – beautiful mornings or beautiful evenings but the rest of the time it just rains! We made the most of it though and went on two fairly long walks to explore the local area. They were both rather odd. We live on the edge of a beautiful Forest but given that we’re on a ‘new build’ estate the owners have very much got ahead of the game and secured most of the private aspects of the land.

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We therefore have to drive a little way down the road to get to a public right of way because the roads are too dangerous to walk Maisy along. Both walks that we did this weekend we ended up getting nearer to home than the car!

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The first was Saturday evening and we got a glimpse of some Deer and Hares playing in the fields and forest since it was so quiet. Maisy enjoyed herself having her first long walk since getting a poorly paw at the beginning of the month.

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The second walk today was across a few hours although we only covered four miles or so. We walked across country and then surprisingly found ourselves at a petrol station on the edge of a dual carriageway. Some climbing was needed to get to the paths that would take us safely back into the Forest!

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We walked past a piggery (which smell delightful although William disagrees!) and walked for around an hour through the forest, coming out at a layby on the edge of the very same dual carriageway that we were on before, half a mile from the petrol station. It was a momentous time. Eventually we were rescued and given bacon sandwiches (the piggery hadn’t put us off) and the adventure came to an end!

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