I spent much of Monday dwelling on not being able to see the lake in the snow; it was my sole focus. I asked Andy if he would accompany me there the following day which was his day off, as I felt much more confident being out on snow and ice with someone else. Tuesday dawned and after wrapping up warm, off we went. I was so cautious, taking baby steps over the more dangerous looking ground.
The first thing to prompt a photo was this snow walrus! Far superior to snowmen. I have decided whereas I do not like snowmen (or snow mounds with snowballs atop them, which is usually the case) I very much like snow animals. Isn't he wonderful!
We finally got to the heathland surrounding the lake. The heath has the largest concentration of Bronze Age barrows in the area and is they say comparable to patterns seen in places in the proximity of Stonehenge and Avebury. It's an important historical site and is home to roughly twenty two barrow mounds. They think there would have been far more but many would have been destroyed when the lake was constructed in the 18th century. This is one of them ..
And this is me! I could have sold this coat time and again, as every time I go out someone stops me to compliment it and to say how wonderful it is.
I look like a doll here I think. Hmmm, my petticoats are making my coat look bulky around my hips, pooh.
A good shot of one of the barrow mounds -
No idea what I'm looking at, but I look like I have a monobrow, hehe! I have my glittery welly boots on.
Andy was braver than me and took to skidding about.
The grasses looked rather pretty next to the snow.
We finally got to the lake to find it frozen over. In the south, during the three month big freeze of 1963, there are pictures of lorries out on the lake.
Isn't it pretty ..
You can see the ice breaking up ..
I used to be scared of going on these as a child, they were always rather dangerous at the hands of older children, but nevertheless I'm pleased that this one is still here and being used.
We then veered off the heath and went into town as Andy had to go to the bank and I had a hankering for Marks & Spencer iced ring doughnuts. It was in M&S that a lady complimented my coat and another lady said I looked lovely .. quite made my day. We were going to go back past the lake to home but by this time my knee was aching and my back was starting to seize up, so we went along the river and home to tea and doughnuts - yum.
Most importantly I did not slip up - yay! I did have a small mishap when the frozen and icy mud I was walking over suddenly gave way but all was well. I also forgot how much I enjoy taking photographs, I used to take photographs all the time but for some reason just stopped, despite always always having my camera with me. The beauty of the heath and lake was very inspiring and has sparked my interest again.
Blue vintage hair scarf - charity shop
Antique rose fake fur stole - gift
Red coat - gift
Mittens - gift
Navy polka dot skirt - made by me
Black glittered welly boots - hardware shop where I used to live.