Ragtag Saturday: Frosted fields

It was -3 degrees in the night. It was still -3 degrees, at nearly nine o’clock in the morning. But I started my walk anyway. Right here in the garden, next to this hellebore.

Here were the pleasures of scrunching through crisp, frosty grass.  Through small puddles, frozen solid.  Watching long shadows extend the trunks of trees across the width of a field.  Sheep doing their best to scratch a breakfast from the hoary grass.  Bracken with delicately rimed edges.  A car on the roadside, blinded by Jack Frost’s artwork.

The sun rose and despite the cold, quickly burnt off the chilly white from the fields. The newborn lambs, which I’d hoped to spot in West Tanfield had been kept indoors – I could hear their plaintive bleating in  barn.  Instead – winter blossom, catkins, and a sky-blue sky.

This is my contribution to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Frosted.  And though I walked on a Wednesday, posted on a Saturday, to Jo’s Monday Walk.

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Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

26 thoughts on “Ragtag Saturday: Frosted fields”

  1. Oh, so pretty, in chilly sort of way! I do love those frosty conditions, for picture taking, if nothing else. The bottom row of b&w photos really appeal to me–love the tire marks!

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  2. That’s a lovely hellebore – almost primrose yellow. I accidentally killed my favourite two last year by going away and leaving them – one of them was a similar colour. It’s funny how often they seem to be looking at one another.

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    1. I never knew a hellebore could die of loneliness! Seriously, I thought they were quite tough, though the flowers almost seem to converse together.


  3. Beautiful! I, like others, like the tyre tracks. At first glance, I thought it was a reflection in a mirror – so symmetrical. I miss that cold winter weather – it’s stickily warm where I am and forecast to get downright hot.

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  4. I haven’t yet seen any signs of new growth here, everything is keeping heads down. I did however see a red squirrel out in the snow looking for a buried hoard.

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