We’ve been blessed this week with a thick, deep carpet of pristine snow. Because we live in the hilly Pennines it’s perfect for sledging. We’ve had a look online for sledges suitable for (not so) grown ups and there are loads from which to choose.
We love the look of the traditional Scandi wooden examples but they’ll take up a lot of storage space for the 50 or so weeks of the year that they weren’t being used. The fold up aluminium one is much more practical – and lightweight too, for getting up to the top of the hill. The red plastic Delta is cheap & cheerful perfect if you’re in a part of the country that rarely gets snow. The other metal sledge looks like a Formula one version – I wonder what its top speed would be!
Wooden sledge with back rest: £22.90, Amazon Sledge – aluminium construction: £34.99, eBay Aluminium folding sledge – blue: £79.99, Halfords Delta sledge – red: £12.95, UK Sport Imports Davos wooden sledge – 110cm: £78, SimplyPiste
A very merry Christmas to all our friends, readers and loyal customers!
Hope you all had a great Christmas.
We’ve had picturesque, snowy landscapes in these parts…
…this meant lovely walks throughout the holidays…
..with crackling fires, hot tea & mulled wine on our returns home.
It made this year’s Christmas very special.
We remembered to take our camera out with us quite a lot and captured some of the stunning scenery…
…and we even have a bit of action footage to share with you!!
Thanks for all your support & encouragement throughout 2009.
Wishing you all the very best for the year (and decade) ahead.
We’re a bit tardy with our
Out & about post for February.
It began with snow (again!!) – it’s as if winter keeps reminding us that it’s still here at the start of each month.
February isn’t always the best month for walking, but there’s no choice with Fudge looking expectantly at you.
Once we’re outdoors, it’s fine – fresh air & exercise – time to chat or think… and there’s always something to see.
With no leaves on the trees you tend to notice things like bark, moss & lichen.
These old pack horse routes criss-cross our local area – slightly above the valley floor which was once flooded & marshy.
We also come across many of these disused barns and farmhouses – some of them have beautiful views.
It’s easy to imagine them restored – many even retain wonderful original features like stone steps, beams and mullioned windows.
Towards the end of the month we got the first signs that spring was approaching…
… with buds on the trees…
… daffodils and bluebells emerging…
… and planters around the town filled with crocuses & other early flowerers.
It’s nearly time to dig out those shorts & t-shirts!
December started with a cold snap… and January began in the same way.
Lots of snow, frost & ice about again.
Here, a barge has to break through icy water in Rochdale Canal.
We often come across these old baths while wandering around the local fields. How about this for al fresco living? It was about -3ºC on the day we saw these – tempted to take a dip anyone?
And what about this twin-tub arrangement?
We spent a week away in the
Lake District in the middle of the month. Unfortunately, we got 7 solid days of mist & rain.
The area still manages to be beautiful even in the worst of weathers though.
We stayed in
Elterwater and spent our time walking in the surrounding hills… and then drying off in front of fires in our cottage … or the Britannia, the local village pub.
Fudge was always waiting for his next walk… of which there were many!
We did break it up with a day’s shopping, spending a couple of hours in
Windermere. We picked up a few things including these immaculate 1970s headphones and some Holmegaard glass candle holders.
We also stocked up on nice things to eat and drink at
Booths. It’s a small chain of food stores in the North of England – and a firm favourite of ours.
Last week we spent a day taking photos in Manchester – we’ll be doing a blog in the near future about vintage shopping in the city – we’ll keep you posted!
We’ve got some lovely winter scenes to share with you this month.
December saw the first of the winter frost…
…followed closely by the first winter snowfall.
Fudge loves it when it snows!
He’s not the only one – we find going for walks in scenery like this quite magical!
On clear days the low winter sun gives a beautiful light…
…and some memorable sunsets…
We took these next photos at the annual
Christmas Market in Manchester city centre.
So many tempting things on offer…
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas… best wishes for 2009!