Already January is nearly over, and this last week we have had some winter weather with the temperatures dropping and some frost and ice about. Today we had blue skies and winter sunshine. This morning we walked at Busketts after delivering a Birthday Present to Jean (and tonight we are celebrating at our favourite Italian restaurant) We met up with a few doggy friends , including little Magic the Labrador puppy. This afternoon we walked at Ocknell Lots of big puddles and plenty of water in the pond. At the end of January the nights are already getting lighter and soon Spring promises to be here. The snowdrops in the garden are in full bloom now.
There was quite a frost last night and when we started our walk ,it looked very cold and wintry, with icy puddles and grey skies. it wasn't long before the sun came out and with very little wind we were soon feeling pleasantly warm. The ground was very hard beneath our feet and the ice on the puddles held the weight of Miss Taivas, but splintered with the weight of the flatcoats! At one point we had a very brief snow shower bt it was just a few minutes and was soon gone and sunny again. We also passed a lot of bones from some long dead animal, all the dogs had a good sniff but even they did not find them that interesting.
The strong winds and rain came back last night, but the rain had stopped by morning and the winds had dropped a bit. The sun was shining when we went for our walk, and it is still very mild for this time of year. However we are told it is going to get colder next week!
Today we woke to sunshine, it is still very mild for January and it was a lovely day for walking. We went to Fritham and strolled along. We followed the gravel track to HollyHatch cottage and then we walked along the banks of Dockens water before climbing Hallickhole hill, where we saw some deer in the distance.As we walked back towards fritham we saw some more deer right by the path. They were soon chased off by some stray dogs who had run away from their owners on cycles.