Worth waking up

17 Jan

It’s been cold. Overcast. January.

I can feel the turn of the seasons already, and that is A Good Thing.  The sun is up earlier in the morning.  The kids come home in a ever-lightening twilight gloom, rather than pitch blackness.

But still, I’ve been doing a lot of shivering.  Huddling by the fire.  Shoulder hunching against the seeming permanence of winter.

In the past few days my corner of Camelot has been glittered and frozen with a transcendent frosted fog.  The temperatures are below freezing and the cold is sharp right to the bone, but if you happen to be out walking and come across a river full of ducks and trout, a small wetland sculpted by frost, and the famous Arlington Row in the Cotswold village of Bibury …

IMG_3488… you might not care at all.

For the first time I feel the beauty and poignance of winter here in Camelot.  Not just a season to survive but something of value on its own.

IMG_3589Even inglorious weeds become graceful white ladies bobbing over crystalized fields.

IMG_3694Ending a cold walk with with a warm mulled cider fireside at a cozy inn?  Perfection.




14 Responses to “Worth waking up”

  1. Teresa January 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Beautiful photos. Makes me really miss England!

    • Monique January 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Pretty magical the last few days. Not too far for a visit. 🙂

  2. Zazzy January 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Frost is rather pretty – mostly when it’s somewhere else. It looks lovely in your photos. As does the warm mulled cider. I will skip to that part, thank you.

    • Monique January 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Absolutely, the cider made the day. 😉

  3. greatscott3 January 18, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Gorgeous post. Wahhh – I miss England!

    • Monique January 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      England misses you, too!! Hope you are well!

  4. Aubrey Price Pettyjohn January 18, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Lovely photos! There’s no place like the Cotswolds!

    • Monique January 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      True! I feel lucky to be here.

  5. satnavandcider January 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Definitely worth waking up for. Your photos turned out beautifully.

  6. Sally - My Custard Pie January 21, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    A bit different to the pics I took on my walk there in summer! I love that stark beauty of the Cotswolds. The hot toddy was essential.


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