All was quiet in the deep dark wood…

18 Jan

The approach to Black Down is deeply snowy, piled four feet deep in places.  Dusk is already falling as we climb up the path into the woods, slipping a little on the ice and piles of slimy leaves.   The children run on ahead with the exuberance of puppies, delighted to be released from the confines of the car into the frosty air.

The tall pine trees shelter us from a cold wind and the ground is squelchy underfoot.  Ponds are still covered in ice, which the children jump on, splashing freezing water into their wellies.  Huge branches litter the ground, casualties of the heavy snow.  The sun is setting across the wintry valley, silhouetting trees and bathing the children’s faces in a beautiful warm light which belies the air temperature.

It is easy to feel depressed during English winters.  It is dark when you wake up, often grey for much of the day, then dark again at about 4pm.  Getting three children dressed for the cold and the rain is a tiresome chore.  But a walk on a winter afternoon is worth the effort.

The woods are magical as darkness is falling.  Anything could happen…


7 Responses to “All was quiet in the deep dark wood…”

  1. Becky 19/01/2010 at 12:08 pm #

    very atmospheric and almost makes me want to take a walk…

  2. Celestial Mother 19/01/2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Anything could indeed happen: this sounds very mysterious and magical and I adore the last photo xx

  3. Mummy Mania 19/01/2010 at 6:57 pm #

    always worth it when you finally get them there!

  4. Sarah V. 22/01/2010 at 3:26 pm #

    I loved reading this…its so different there compared to our winters here in Texas (70s and sunny). Sounds wonderful though! Sometimes I miss the “real” winters we experienced when we lived further north.

  5. Jen 23/01/2010 at 1:48 am #

    I can’t believe how perfectly centered that sun spot is on that last picture. Great picture!

  6. Amy @ The Q Family 24/01/2010 at 5:40 am #

    I absolutely love the last picture! Great capturing the moment.

  7. Glennia/ The Silent I 24/01/2010 at 7:43 am #

    Loved the last photo with the sun bubble. The first two look so cold and damp, but it looks like the kids didn’t mind!

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