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!