A few hours on the Surface

24th February – Weekly Prompts Challenge Surface   Also linked to Fandango’sMyth and RDP’s Resilience.

“Sheep, like goats, are associated with Christmas in folk tales told across northern Europe and the British Isles. On Christmas eve, these tales report, all sheep face east, bow three times, and are gifted with the power of speech from the stroke of midnight until the rise of the sun.” Sheep Folklore

A Morning in Yorkshire

This is a second response to GC and my weekend challenge Surface from our site Weekly Prompts

Awake at half past five and powerless to fall back asleep, I reclined in bed with my coffee and caught up with WordPress Reader. An hour later, upon opening my bedroom blinds, I was pleasantly surprised to find the surface of the earth around my house was covered in a soft and fluffy blanket of snow.  What a welcome change from non-stop rain!

Waking up to snow cropped

From my bedroom I watched the cattle make their way up the side field toward the manger in the front.

The view from my landingStill not quite daylight, looking out from my landing window I admired the beauty of the sprinkling of snow on the trees

A Snow MorningEager to document this  day in my journal (we might not get another), I pulled on my wellies and wax jacket over my PJs, picked up my camera and iPhone and braved the weather.

SONY DSCAlthough resilient and hardy, these few sheep looked particularly gloomy. 

After walking up the drive to the farm gate, I took a few photos of the lane and the cattle at the manger

Up and down the LaneThe only vehicles taking a short cut on the lane this morning were the 4 X 4s, and there are plenty of those around here.

I found it hard to resist the sound of the cattle chomping on the hay, so I filmed an 18-second video!

Soon after, whilst still clothed for the weather, I topped up the bird feeders and brought in a few logs.

Sheep in the snow 08-20 AMFollowing my warming breakfast of porridge, I took a few more photos of the tups (rams) that were just below my sitting room balcony. By now, although much lighter than an hour earlier, a fog had set in.

At 09:00 AM, after waiting over an hour for the school bus that failed to turn up, my two teenaged grandchildren returned home, I heard them moving around and thought we had burglars!

England never changes, the moment it snows we come to a standstill! Later we heard that the missing school bus was due to a couple of accidents that resulted in road closures!

Evie builds a snowmanIt wouldn’t be a winter blog without a snowman.

These days it doesn’t snow as often as it used to, but when it does, the children are delighted. Daughter Sophie sent this photo of five-year old Evie who was outside bright and early building a snowman before 07:30 AM.

And now at quarter past one and just a few short hours after taking the first photographs, the snow on the fields is melting and once again forms a mini river around my house.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020. Weekend Challenge Surface from Weekly Prompts,  Fandango’s one word challenge Myth, and Rag Tag Daily Prompt Resilience

33 thoughts on “A few hours on the Surface

  1. Wow, great photographs and a wonderful description, Sue. I love that name, ‘Tup’ and admit to not having heard it before until we moved to Wales. No snow here, just the continuation of the incessant rain.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Trev. We continue to learn don’t we, I wonder if Tup is used in other parts of the U.K.?
      Amazing the the change in the weather in just a few hours. So far we’ve had snow, fog, rain and sunshine!

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      1. My Mother, who was Welsh would use the word Tup when I had done something silly as a boy. I think that spelling was ‘Twp’ and it meant something like being daft. She would say something like, “..there’s twp you are.”

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    1. The sheep have lanolin and a thick fleece to keep them warm and the cattle have grown thick winter coats. It’s obvious that none of them like the wind and rain, you’ve only got to see them all head for a sheltered spot to realise that. Thank you, Lois. 🙂

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  2. Murphy's Law

    What great shots you got! I know the sheep are warm, but I want to wrap blankets around each of them!!

    Good thing you were up early or you would’ve missed these beautiful, but brief, winter scenes.

    Perfect pose for the hat Evie is wearing. Adorable.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. You’re right, Ginger, I’m delighted I opened the blinds early. It’s almost three o’clock and the snow has gone, but the mini river remains. Thank you, Ginger 🙂


  3. Your snowy photos reminded me of a winter visit to my sister in Ilkley. It was cold, grey and windy, but she had a good fire going and hot soup on the stove. I turned my volume right up to hear the cattle munching. 😀

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    1. It was quite loud but didn’t come over as Well as I’d hoped. Always windy up here and Ilkley a mere twenty minutes away, it used to be quicker but speed cameras have slowed down the traffic. Thank you. Sylvia 🙂

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    1. If only we could spread a little more of that magic! Snow used to be a more regular occurrence, but perhaps a couple of times a year now. Lovely to see though.
      It’s just begun to fall again but t seems a little to wet to lay. I have my cameras at the ready. The log burner is lit and a hot bacon sandwich is in my hand and I’m all set for a cosy day in. Thank you. Maureen 🙂


  4. OH! Beautiful snowy scenes! Great photos and vids! I actually felt cold just looking at them! 😉
    Such a cute snowman! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Maybe the sheep are worried the snow will camouflage them and not able to find each other! 😉 HA! ;-D

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  5. gc

    Snow is an unusual entity. Yes I said entity. It is a thing of beauty. We all long for the first snows of winter. Snowmen gain their form from over imaginative children. Blankets of snow protect the environment in their own way. A beautiful thing to behold and a bloody nuisance to have to shovel. 🙂 When ice crystals gang up on the countryside all we can really do is take a deep breath, get nostalgic and enjoy a hot cup of chocolate.

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    1. You’re right of course, and said beautifully.

      I take great pleasure in seeing it, but when it hangs about and freezes it’s a different ‘ball’ game!
      I would have liked it to have lasted a little longer, but it was short lived . 🙂


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