For anyone currently suffering any kind of over-heating, herewith some cooling images of frosted ferns. These photos were taken a few Decembers ago during a sudden frigid spell in Hay-on-Wye, widely known as the book capitol of the world. We’d planned a long weekend there – a brief trip out of Shropshire and into Powys. It was only an hour or so’s drive. Up to the moment we set off, we’d had mild winter weather, but even as we stopped for a cup of tea half way in scenic Eardisland, we could feel the bank of cold, cold air closing in.
And so it proved to be three nights of cold comfort. On one of them the central heating system in our inn failed altogether. In between times a gale blew through the place as no one thought to shut the doors. Nor thought to light the log burning stove in the bar while we ate our evening meal. Street wandering could only be undertaken in small doses. Or at least that was our excuse for popping into Eve’s for regular rescue infusions of hot chocolate. Thank goodness, too, for Hay’s many hostelries that were far more welcoming than ours and for Richard Booth’s bookshop with its big squidgy sofas to camp out in.
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Tish, you have some fantastic photos for this week. Thanks for playing along 😀
Cheers, Cee. As ever, thanks for the challenge.
You’ve nicely cooled me down, Tish!
I’m loving the coolness, Tish. Thanks.
You’re most welcome, Janet! How is the heat with you? Not sure I’d cope.
We’ve actually dropped down into the 90s some of the time. It will still be a little while before it cools down more than that.
Cooled into the 90s! Goodness. My PC tells me it’s 68F here.
Sounds delightful to me.
Cold does catch us off guard on occasion. We are very wet at the moment and somewhat cooler but it won’t last.
Good to hear you’ve had some relief from the heat.
Sounds fun, even the unwelcome gale in a sense. To frosty ferns! The licorice kind too, like we get our way. They seem to have a way of surviving no matter what. Stay cool Tish! Thunderstorms predicted today, in the south of Germany.
Cheers, Bill. Thinking of you.
Likewise! Almost the same continent now even! People swim it!
I’m not sure I remember what cold feels like. But I’m sure in a couple of months, I will suddenly remember.
It’s fascinating how fast one forgets. We were shivering through most of the spring and early summer.
A lovely post, even if it reminds us that winter’s on its way.
Thanks, Margaret. Not sure why I’m winter-focused so soon. Today’s post too.
Time to give yourself a good talking to! Whatever the weather, this winter won’t be easy.
You are too right about that, Margaret, and on many fronts.
Thank you for sending some cold comfort my way through your beautiful frosty images!
Happy to provide some coolness.
A beautiful photo, and very cooling!
Thank you, Jennie.
You’re welcome, Tish.
Great post and images. Could feel the cold.