Shapes of Winter

24 Jan

As much as I do not like being cold, there are some wondrous sights to be seen in the great outdoors this time of year – if I can prise myself away from Hobo’s warm and comfy cocoon that is.

Or, better still, if the John is out and about with his camera and feeding me the pics as I toast my toes in front of this beauty…IMG_20150114_074740

Probably the biggest log we’ve had in the Squirrel to date.

Outside, muddy puddles become works of art…IMG_20141230_100820IMG_20150117_103759


Pretty patterns everywhere…IMG_20141226_085808


And this…?

Can you see what it is yet…?IMG_20150104_102918Of course – a very frozen car.

Up close, it looks almost alive, like a surreal frozen forest…IMG_20150104_102918

And the river…IMG_20150120_160823Icing over too.

Be careful where you park your bike though…


If you need to make a quick getaway.

Speaking of which…

John’s airstrip looking a little frost-bound.

And the adjacent field somewhat waterlogged but John has the solution…IMG_20150117_111246

Digging drainage channels, although it looks more like a waterfall to me.

So that’s the real world: a wintry mix of ice, water, mud and slime as dished out to us so far this season.

But BB’s head is often elsewhere.

Somewhere warmer…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 041

Somewhere brighter…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 042

Somewhere stunning…100_1603100_1730

Somewhere the days are longer…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 008

Somewhere exciting…SA Summer 2011 and 2012 027 (3)011055

Somewhere far away but never very far from my heart..IMG_0412

South Africa. Maybe next year.

6 Responses to “Shapes of Winter”

  1. Soo n Chris January 24, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Love the pics and the sentiment… Don’t get chilblains tho Annie! X

    • Boatbird January 24, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Fun pics aren’t they? The John did good!
      Have avoided chilblains so far… xx

  2. Trish U January 25, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Stunning pics – and of course am a bit envious – wish we were on our boat… But we have just booked out tickets and arrive in the UK in March although I assume the ice will be gone. Joburg temperature today was over 30 degrees Celsius but the scenery slightly less dramatic than your SA pics!

    • Boatbird January 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

      Glad you like Trish – we were quite impressed..!
      We’ve been promised more sub zero temperatures for the back end of the week but I think you’ll be OK in March – hope so anyway..!!
      March will soon come round and your boat will no doubt be happy to see you too – Braunston isn’t a million miles from me, maybe I cold come and find you…

      • Boatbird January 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

        Got cold on the brain… should say could!

      • Trish U January 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

        We’ll be doing plenty of cruising so will perhaps be near to you too. I’ll be in touch when we have a sense of our itinerary. Would be fun to meet.

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