Blissemas: Walking in a Winter Wonderland


As part of the Blissemas event, Victoria asked us all to write a Christmas/winter/festive/seasonal type blog post. I admit I scratched my head for a little while before getting my words down on the page. And if you read on, you’ll see why…

I am not what you would call a fan of the winter season. I don’t like being cold, I hate going out when it’s snowy and icy and I would quite happily stay in the house for weeks on end until it’s all buggered off. Having said that, I’ve had some of the most beautiful walks when snow has been on the ground.
Naturally, if the roads are not safe, I’m going nowhere. The OH and I live far enough apart that bad weather has prevented us from seeing each on more than one occasion, so we certainly wouldn’t venture up into the Peak District (my favourite walking venue) if it was dangerous to do so. However, when the roads are good, going out is always on the cards. And once I’m wrapped up in so many layers I can barely move, and armed with a flask of a hot drink, I will grudgingly admit that it’s quite fun and pretty to be outside.

I have some damn good examples, too. Last year, which was a pretty bad one for snow in the UK, the OH and I headed up into the Peak District (for a change ;)) and visited Chatsworth House, who were hosting their Christmas event, which, if I remember rightly was a Russian-themed one. The drive up there was very white and beautiful and as you can see, Chatsworth House looked very beautiful in the snow, despite the dullness of the sky.
After a mooch around the house, with its Christmas trees, decorations, light show and fairies (there was a Nutcracker theme), we headed out into the garden. As you would expect, it was extremely cold, but our trusty thermal clothes and many layers stopped us from freezing up. The same can’t be said for this waterfall. Yes, it’s absolutely frozen solid and incredibly beautiful, hence the photograph, which is one of several I took of it.

We saw many similarly beautiful and interesting things in the gardens that day. Icicles galore, bird and fox footprints, stunning views out across the whitened Peak District, and the coolest trees! As soon as I spotted the beauty in the photo, I decided it looked cold and needed a cuddle (yes, the cold was obviously addling my brain), so I did so. I ended up with green smudges on my coat, but it was totally worth it for the photo and the amusement value. Overall, it was an incredibly fun day, there were no slipping, skidding or falling over incidents (which is one of the main things that makes me hide inside), which means I can look back on the day with fond memories.

So, despite my aversion to cold, snow and ice, what I’m saying is that I *can* be coaxed out of hiding, if I can go and walk in a winter wonderland like this 🙂

And, just to prove I’m not a complete and utter bah humbug type, here’s a competition for you, in ADDITION to the one being run as part of the whole event. So, without further ado, how would you like to win a paperback copy of Immoral Views, which contains my story Caught in the Act? If so, just check out the Rafflecopter below to see how you can enter.

REMEMBER: To enter the Blissemas competition for the grand prize of a KINDLE, make sure to leave a comment on this post with your email address in the BODY of the comment. Victoria will be collecting all entries at the end of the event and choosing the winner.

For MY competition, I’ll be using the Rafflecopter, which includes comments and all the other entry options. So make sure to take advantage and increase your chances of winning! 🙂

GOOD LUCK – now don’t forget to go here and check out the rest of the Blissemas posts!

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  1. Victoria Blisse

    December 13, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I am also a little reticent about walking when it’s icy but you can’t beat wrapping up warm and wandering somewhere beautiful when the air is nippy. It makes it all the nicer when you come home to the lovely warmth!

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  3. Isabella King

    December 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

    That’s a beautiful waterfall photo. The cold weather does produce some great photo opportunities…not least the slipping and sliding ones 😉

    Your post reminds me of the day I got caught out in a hail storm. I was wearing a coat and a hat and wellies but only a short skirt. Those hail stones don’t half sting when they hit bare flesh, and they seemed to reach places that ordinary rain never does…down my neck and in my wellies.

  4. Drea Becraft

    December 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Such pretty pictures. We have yet to get snow thank gosh cause I can’t drive for shit in it lol. I know its going to come I am just waiting for the day it does lol.


  5. Andrea I

    December 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I love the waterfall picture. I don’t like cold weather either. I live in the southern part of the US and we rarely have snow. The cold is bad enough!


  6. Abby-Rae Rose

    December 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Love you pictures. I love cold weather. My dream is to live in Colorado. All the snow in the world, would be a great Christmas present!


  7. Dawn

    December 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I’m from California-US and I don’t care for the cold at all. I like it nice and sunny, but I make the exception for Christmas. During this time I like a little nippiness in the air but not snow- that’s just too cold so me.
    Love the pic of you and the tree!

  8. Sweetpea

    December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I love looking at winter’s magnificent glory in nature – I just don’t want to be in it! LOL

    sweetpea122 at rocketmail dot com

  9. Chris Bails

    December 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I am also a hater of the cold, snow, and winter. The only good thing about winter is Christmas and wearing cool scarves & sweaters. I hate to be cold. I was in a car accident right before Thanksgiving 3 years ago and hit black ice. I hit the steering wheel before the airbag deployed and cracked open my forehead, I had a small crack in my back, and totalled my car. Even since then I have hated it even more.
    You are a new author for me and would love to win and read your book. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  10. Anne

    December 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Great photos. I don’t mind walking outside in the winter as long as my feet are warm and dry, but I don’t usually takes walks in the winter just for fun, I have a destination in mind.

  11. Kathryn Merkel

    December 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    The frozen waterfall is gorgeous.

    Living on the east side of Lake Michigan, I’m no stranger to the slipping, sliding & falling over associated with movement during the winter. We get piles of snow, which they try to melt on the roads with salt, that turns to slush, then freezes over & makes driving more like ice skating. Too bad, they can’t figure out how to put something like a toe pick from a figure skate on a car, so they are easier to stop on slick surfaces.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  12. Danielle Monsch

    December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Gorgeous pictures.

    While I love how winter looks, one of the reasons I moved from Pittsburgh to the Pacific NW was the milder winters and very little snowfall.

    Dani (at) DanielleMonsch (dot) com

  13. Kris

    December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, thanks for the giveaway!
    kris (@) smartones . me . uk

  14. Stacey Siferd

    December 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway chances for Blissmas!! Merry Blissmas to you and your family <3

  15. Paul McDermott

    December 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Dear Lucy et al!
    We all react in different ways to winter weather, I
    guess, but for me the Climate is far more important
    than the Temperature (as measured in degrees C).
    In my misspent Yoof I cooked Christmas Dinner for myself and three equally crazy friends on a Primus stove on the top of Mount Snowdon (2nd highest peak in GB @ 3560ft / 1085m) — the only reason we didn’t go to the Highest peak (Ben Nevis, Scotland) was because Snowdon [North Wales] is closer to Liverpool.

    That was a ‘mere’ -4 / -5 C air temperature.
    You know it’s REALLY cold when you go to Midnight Mass at Christmas in Sweden and the thermometer outside the town jeweller’s shop informs you that the temperature is -26 degrees C !!

    But the Climate is different. It’s a DRY cold, in a sheltered valley with NO Wind Chill, and if you wear three LAYERS of clothing the cold ‘settles’ on the OUTER layer and you can’t FEEL it!

    Simple survival training – the number of layers is what makes the difference! And physical cold is far easier to adapt to than a cold, unromantic person with no soul …

    glædelig jul, allihopp! [Merry Christmas, everyone!]
    Paul McD e-mail:

  16. Tracey D

    December 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I agree the waterfall is beautiful. I would love to have that pictyure as my a screen saver.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. Na S.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    The weather is nice and mild here pretty much all year round. So any snow we get goes away pretty quickly. I don’t mind as long as I can enjoy other’s people winter wonderland via pictures.

  18. books4me

    December 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Great photos. I’m not a fan of the cold but I just LOVE snow. SO if it MUST be cold, at least let there be snow!!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  19. tammy ramey

    December 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Lucy,
    what a beautiful set of pictures. they remind me of where i grew up in Wyoming and of going to just outside Yellowstone to snowmobile and all of the waterfalls that would be frozen coming down the sides of the mountains next to the road. 🙂
    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway and i hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday Season

  20. Joder

    December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I live in the Midwest and HATE the cold too. I try to hibernate as much as possible. The locations you discussed sound and look beautiful and I would love to visit the UK for just that reason. Gorgeous historical sites.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  21. Patricia

    December 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Love the waterfall. I grew up with snow, and can do without it. I tend to stay inside when the temp starts to drop. thanks for the chance to win.
    panthers.ravens@yahoo DOT com

  22. Emerald

    December 14, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I love this post, Lucy! I relate to a lot of what you said—I too have been known to feel an aversion to cold, and I definitely feel wary about traveling in winter precipitation or icy conditions. I also, though, share your appreciation of being out in the cold once I’m all bundled up—and I also find winter’s appearance often beautiful. I was just considering such as I was out walking the dogs tonight. It’s feeling a bit cold here, but it wasn’t windy, so once I bundled up it was lovely to be outside appreciating the season.

    Thanks for sharing, and love the pictures!


    emerald (at) thegreenlightdistrict (dot) org

  23. Shadow

    December 14, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Hi! How are you? Great post! I love the pictures. There beautiful! I live in Michigan so the winter is always horrible. I hate the cold! Immortal Views is so good! I gobbled it in one sitting! ;D Very hot! Thank you! (I won a copy from you a while ago) Thanks! Happy holidays!!!

  24. Michelle B

    December 14, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for the lovely photos….I also have to be extra careful when it gets icy with being a klutz & all.

    Merry Christmas,
    Michelle B. aka koshkalady


  25. J.C. Martin

    December 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Wow, love that picture of the frozen waterfall! I’m the kind who LOVE it when it snows, especially if it means a day off work and an extra day of writing! 🙂 Sadly, this year’s winter is turning out to be a bummer…not a single snowflake! 🙁 Sometimes I wish I live further up north.

  26. Carol L

    December 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Hi Lucy,
    Your pictures are gorgeous. Like you I’d rather stay indoors and look out on Winter’s beauty like in your pics. I hate the winter weather because the cold plays havoc with my back big time.If I could I’d move to much more warmer climate.I’d be so much happier and warmer. :)Thanks for participating. Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  27. Mary Preston

    December 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    The frozen waterfall is amazing. So incredibly beautiful.


  28. Darcy

    December 15, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I love the cooler temperatures, as the heat is really not my thing…
    Saying that…guess where I live?
    The interior of Alaska north of Fairbanks where we have had snow since early Oct….*S*
    As much as I love Alaska I am not fond of the frigid Artic temperatures for long periods, and I miss those great big trees your hugging Lucy…There are NOT many pine trees here but instead spruce that are stunted to a certain extent due to the long winters a sub zero temps….
    So Lucy…hugs more of those lovely trees for me would you…?
    I miss them…*S*
    Thank you for the giveaway…and wishing you a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!


  29. Teresa Kleeman

    December 15, 2011 at 5:32 am


    I so enjoyed looking at your beautiful pictures. Love the beautiful house with the snow on the ground and so loved the frozen waterfall. That’s amazing. Anyway I wish you & yours a Happy Christmas and a very Happy New year.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

  30. kimmy L

    December 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Great Christmas memories. Thank you for sharing them with us. I loved your excerpt! Another great read to add to my Christmas list! Thanks!

  31. terra oenning

    December 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    wow nice pics !!! im not a winter person lol.. Hope you have a great day!!!!

  32. Gayle Orwluk

    December 16, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I finally moved away from the cold for the winters. I spend them in Las,Vegas at my daughters. Cold is just too hard on these old bones.

  33. Debbie S

    December 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    What wonderful pictures. If you truly like big trees you should plan a trip to the coast of California and visit the redwood trees there. They are huge, some so big you can drive a car through. Not only are they big they are beautiful! The forests there are wonderfully beautiful, maybe even an inspiration for a book setting? Enjoyed the post thank you.

  34. Tonya

    December 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Beauticul pictures. That waterful is gorgeous! And that tree is huge!! That building looks a bit creepy. lol Thanks for sharing! Happy holidays!

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