Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr, beautiful here this morning, but cold. Don't really mind at this point in the winter, as it's the first blast of cold we've had and lets us know we do indeed still have seasons, that we've not been going through one long extended autumn.
Took the grandbabes to Harlow Carr yesterday, we set off in blisteringly cold weather, noticing halfway there that it had turned into a blizzard. Izzi and Ava were mega-excited and so on we ploughed, in fact we were driving behind a snow plough gritting the roads for some of the way... yay the penny has finally dropped in the UK that we can deal with a covering of snow without it becoming a national emergency. Good for you Harrogate council.
When we arrived, we were practically the only people in the garden. Only a couple of other families were crazy enough to brave the snow, but we were all so glad we did. We headed straight for the maze with Isabella making zigzag tracks in the snow down the hill.
The children were happy to be messing around in the snow and didn't need any other amusement, but we did have a pretend cuppa at the outdoor Bettys, which was of course shut.
Bettys' glorious Valentine window beckoned as we made our way back to the car, so we rushed inside to warm up. Bowls of tomato soup and chips were ordered with steaming hot chocolate. Not flavours you'd immediately put together I know, but big fat chip butties definitely hit the spot on days like this.
Harrogate looked magical in the snow as we drove home, the trees festooned with fairy lights, each tree bedecked with it's own colour of green, blue, red or silver.
Just enough time when we got back for Izzi and Ava to have a game of bagatelle, with the kitties looking on and doing their best to join in.
There were two very tired girls for Nicky to collect, off to bed in anticipation of Isabella's birthday today.
|View from woodland walk across the winter garden|
|Tracks in the snow|
|Can't catch me in the maze|
|Anyone for tea?|
|Izzi in front of Bettys Valentine window|
|Django watches as Ava sets a record score|
|Arlo thinks he can do better!|