I have a number of friends across the world where I don’t have a physical address I can send a card. I therefore decided to create an e-card that I could send, and dug out a photo I had taken earlier in the year when there was snow on the ground. I chose this image for a number of reasons. Firstly its got snow on it, but also you can see that it is still snowing. While white Christmas’ in the UK are rare, snow and Christmas always go together on cards. The second reason I chose this photo is for the image of the footprints and the play that I can make on the more famous footprints in the sand message story that is told in churches. (I’ll let you look it up if you don’t know it). For me its a nice way of having the Christian message of Christmas on the e-card.
Clearly I had chosen to turn the heating on just at the right time as much to my surprise (and most people locally), in the morning I was greated by a light dusting of snow. Compared to early in the year this is just a dusting and it will be gone by the end of the day if not sooner. However this is a fairly significant snowfall as this is the first time in 30 years that I can remember snow falling this early in the year. Whether it’s a one off or a sign that the snowshovel will need to be on hand again this year I’m not sure, but in a year where the weather has had extremes, this is just another instance of the unusual year.
There was more snow overnight but once it had stopped it was clearly play time for others. I’m not an expect on who’s prints these are, but given the visitors I know I have to the garden they are likely to be either squirrels or foxes. Given the foxes often come out and play at night and the number of them I’m leaning towards them rather than the squirrels, but whatever they were, they were clearly having a lot of fun.
Having had a weekend off walking last week, I was back on the footpaths and bridleways today. It was odd weather as I started the walk with everything green and finished the walk with everything white. Part way through the walk, on a very much lesser trodden path, I looked back and saw the above. They are my own, obviously, but it reminded me of the ‘Footprints’ story of the person asking God why during their times of trouble there were only one set of prints.
With all the walking I’m doing at lunchtime, in the cold weather my normal work socks haven’t really been warm enough. I’ve therefore had to revert to my ski socks to ensure that I don’t get cold feet as a result of my strolls. I’ve a variety but with all the snow that has fallen recently I thought that these ones would be the most suitable for the conditions!
With the snow still on the ground I decided to go on a slightly different route for the lunchtime walk. As I’ve said before, I work on the edge of the South Downs and have some wonderful countryside that is easily reachable during even a 30 minute stroll. This was the view of a small village and manor house from one of the small hills I climbed that I thought, for a mobile phone, came out quite well.
Snow has arrived and for once a significant amount. I live on a hill and I wasn’t prepared to drive to work as I wasn’t sure if I’d either stop at the bottom of the hill or get back up at the end of the day, so I took a train to work instead. Walking past the green I noticed the above. Someone had clearly been short of a sled and had decided to improvise. At what time of day (or night) I don’t know as it was quite early when I headed to the station.