Saturday was a perfect weather day. It was bright and sunny but absolutely freezing. The sort of cold where even your nipples are afraid to come out. The sun was just warm enough to take the chill off the air without melting the frost.
In the shade it felt arctic. Some of the frost was so thick it looked like a fine dusting of snow.
It turns out frost doesn’t affect a nettles ability to sting your bottom and ankles while you’re crouching down to take photos! Ouchies.
We decided to make the most of the weather and headed up to the forest for a long walk. We love walking there but don’t go as often as we’d like to because a round trip is 2-3 hours. So it’s generally somewhere we venture to at the weekend or on Summer evenings.
Only a few weeks ago these ferns were bright green. Now they’re all brown and covered in thick frost.
And look at the tiny icicles growing on this fence post!
As many of you know, I never go anywhere without snacks. I packed some lunch but we couldn’t find anywhere to sit and eat it so we drank a big flask of hot chocolate instead. Things like this always taste better enjoyed outdoors in the cold. You don’t truly appreciate hot chocolate in a central heated house.
This flask is brilliant by the way – 2 hours after making our hot chocolate it was still scorching hot. I’ve not been paid to say that, I just really like it! It’s the only bit of outdoorsy kit we own, although thanks to edition 12 of Folklings. I’ve now got my eye on these enamelware cups for our forest adventures! I can imagine using them on walks for eating soup and dunking in big fat wedges of crusty bread and butter.
Anyway, the sun started to disappear and after finishing up every last drop of hot chocolate we headed back home to our warm house before it got dark. I wish every day of Winter could be like this. If I could explore, take photos and eat food outdoors for a living I’d be a very happy woman.