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Frosted Winter mornings

This week I woke to beautiful white frosted views.  These are from my garden.  The garden itself is in winter slumber.  The grass is covered to ensure the grass dies back for Spring when I will be creating a wild flower garden. The wildflowers need barren earth, they need harsh, they need the support to flourish. There is enough grass here.

The composter has been fed again after an empty into my vegetable garden and the tiles all stacked to be used to roof some eccentric bee and insect house. The garden needs a home for them and with the flowers it will get busy.  They need shelter, wind protection and choice of rooms, and I think there will be arguments about the view.  Cant please em all, but that’s next years project.

For now the countryside sleeps and the cows munch on hay and get muddy socks.  They don’t mind the cold, the wind, the lack of sunshine.  They hate rain. Don’t we all when it starts to get into your ears.  Next week the calves may head for the warmth of the barn, mothers may follow for a couple of months as the temperature plummets.  I am abandoning ship for a month to visit my hometown London.  We have stacked up wood for drying and hung curtains to stop drafts, ancient 1970’s fabrics from my mother-in-law [fabrics I just have to use as they are so bright and welcoming], and bought in thick scarves, hats and coats in reediness for our chilled return in January.

But until then, hopefully a few more chill walks in the frosted fields.

Judi Castille Winter FrostingJudi Castille Garden in slumberJudi Castille Frosted morning

13 thoughts on “Frosted Winter mornings

    1. Sure does. We were planning today over morning coffee about the garden. I have tonnes of stone and decided to start patio in Jan when back from UK. Its cold, so great way to keep warm, doing gardening and then its all ready for planting in the spring.

    1. It is lovely. The light changes by the minute, so you have to be quick with the camera. BTW I am off to Paris in a month, just for a few days and definitely going to visit Shakespeare and Co. You have made me very curious about it.

      1. You can never over-enthuse enough about book shops. Down in Kent, where I used to live, is Baggins Bookshop – huge. I have been known to wear gloves in there during a winter sleuth, after having spent almost four hours searching the depths for history books – fingers almost falling off from numbness. When in London next month I am hauling my better half off to Charing Cross Road to hunt out books on cheese. Luckily he also adores books and we co-ordinate watches to meet later so we have time to browse our chosen subjects. If the bookshop serves anything like tea and cakes – it becomes something akin to paradise.

      2. You must try and visit. London is full of second-hand books and if you love cooking – try the famous – Books For Cooks in Nottinghill. New books mainly, but every subject that involves food or drink. They have a small café at rear and sell olive oil from their Ibiza supplier.

    1. Thank you. The frost does go quick and I haven’t managed to set my wake up alarm early enough to really catch the moment. Today I overslept and Mr Sunshine was up and doing his thing – so no frost for me today!

  1. I miss the frost in Cantal … here it is more ‘go directly to snow’ but I guess it is the capital of the Alps so I shouldnt’ really argue. I am told I will get frosty out of town in December but that they always but always have snow in November. We shall see ….

    1. Its lovely having snow if your not commuting. Her apparently we don’t get snow 😦 too windy. Shame as the countryside would look wonderful. We are quite near Switzerland, so maybe next year we might venture over. We did buy a house near Dijon, which was very handy for other countries, but we had to pull out. I still feel that house might have been a better choice, but pros and cons. BTW just writing article about Cantal cheese. Do you have any good photos of salers cows you would be happy to pass over? or any anecdotes about cantal or salers cheese I could quote. That’s actually my issue re cheese – until I get to visit some of the farms, and even after that, getting interesting stories about the cheese is not easy. I will definitely be doing some cooking with the cheeses from next year. The aim is to get a good rounded article in the end.

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