I didn't go to Finland - daunted by the snow and the thought of the trip taking twice as long as normal so I stayed at home. Quite literally as the roads round our way are not ploughed or gritted so it was a little treacherous to say the least.
By mid week I was a tad stir crazy and rather sick of trying to clear the snow and ice on the drive and having to take a barrel of brandy with me on the trip to the bird feeder lest I got lost in a snow drift!
Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This was early morning as I was putting the kettle on for my first cuppa of the day. The bird feeder is way in the back covered in massive lumps of ice and snow.
My lovely alpina clematis has gone from this (admittedly much earlier in the year!)
Looks like Jack Frost swept both of his hands over it many, many times!
The 'Summer House' was in danger of becoming an igloo. I haven't dared go inside to check out the contents. This was taken at the beginning of the week.
Snow, we are all a bit sick of it, pretty and spectacular as it is so I have turned my attentions inwards. Needless to say I have been busy most evenings with festive makings, none of which can be revealed just yet but since my youngest shares my love of all things Christmassy we have put the tree up. I have spent the afternoon decorating the house - lights and garlands and Christmas bunting galore! I had planned to get a short, fat tree this year (much to Will's chagrin) but when I went to the local nursery to buy one there were none to be had. Apparently, they were all so deep in snow that no-one wanted to dig them up so I ended up with a tall, fat tree instead (much to WIll's joy).
I always use popcorn and cranberry garlands on the tree rather than tinsel etc but the tree is so big that last year's makings were insufficient so this evening will be spent stringing the freshly popped corn and fresh cranberries.....
The tree is all white this year. In fact, it's the theme for the whole room - to match the snow and Will declared it rather 'classy'. I nearly fell off my seat! Compliments are few and far between but gratefully received. I'll try and take a night photo but my skills and camera are equally crappy. I've put less on it this year as the tree is rather beautiful all on its own.
Wishing you all a warm, safe and happy weekend. No doubt you'll all be beavering away as the big day seems to be approaching at great speed!