Thursday, December 02, 2010

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful.....

Yeah. So. Bit nippy. I've been at my sisters place kitten sitting and all was going swimmingly....until it suddenly went all winter.  The rest of the country has been languishing under harsh blizzard and icy conditions for the past week, but so far the very south has been immune...much to my disappointment.

Then last night the disgusting freezing murk, which had been the weather condition of choice for the last few days, was happily replaced by perfectly formed crystals of H2O falling....and most importantly settling...we all got a little excited, apart from the kittens that is who were utterly confused.

Like a small child at Christmas I was up at the crack of dawn...after politely declining the request to go out the night before to build a snowman in my pyjamas at 11pm, as suggested by a certain Floridian...*coughs* Kim *coughs*...up and out shortly after 8am I wandered through Old Portchester Village to the Castle.

How about this for some stereotypical winter scenes

Unfortunately the gates to Castle were shut, but I managed to walk all the way round the outer wall.

And the snow was virtually untouched since it was so early...after I'd wandered around...not so much...meh

Stopped by this lamp post to see if Mr. Tumnus was about, alas no

I did manage to get a pic of the church through the gate, that sky looks a little ominus

I found a little wooded glen which had yet to be explored in the snow which was frightfully festive indeed.

Yet still no characters from Narnia....starting to think that it's not a real place y'know ;-)

 And then there was the village itself, ancient thatched cottages with rickety roofs and very 'Ye Olde England'

Unfortunately the snow was too powdery to attempt a decent snowman, but I did find enough to thrash my sister in a snowball fight, her partner's sudden disappearance as the snowballs started flying shows what a big wimp she is.  I did however end up, rather suspiciously I might add, with a self imploding snowball which covered my face and most of my upper body with snow....and that stuff gets everywhere, including the underside of my glasses, in my mouth and up my nose....good times!

Shortly after we retreated back into the flat to thaw out and I'm currently relaxing under a warm blanket with A Muppets Christmas Carol on the telly....even contemplating cracking open the hot chocolate, on the whole a un-sucky snow day.


Kimberly said...

Oh Emma, you out did yourself this time! The pics are splendid and really help set the mood for Christmas! You had me cracking up with the "self imploding" snowball. I bet you were a sight!

Thank you for the beautiful pics!

Jenn said...

I think I saw a Mr. Beaver in one of the pictures faintly in the background. They are mysterious you know:) I want to come visit. It's just beautiful!!! Hugs, Jenn

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say these pictures are wonderful! The one of the Church has a real mood to it. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

P.s. are we still kitten sitting next weekend? I am so excited about seeing the little angels again, and it was just such a nice couple of days last time!

Stace said...

Gorgeous pics!! I've been attacked by self imploding snowballs myself...always an unwelcome surprise IMO..but entertaining to anyone who witnesses it! :P Have fun in all that snow! :)