For my first post of 2015 I am sweeping you away on a very windy walk. This is a local walk near Cowbit that myself and Mr Teen regularly frequent and due to the fact that I had a fall on the ice last week, I just needed to be local. With me just beginning to feel a little more human again (the fact that the ice has also melted has helped enormously!), with bruises beginning to heal and a headache finally beginning to subside, off we went to brave the elements and blow those cobwebs away.
Getting out of the car was a triumph in itself! Let me explain, the place where we park is up on a bank which stretches a few miles. This bank is one of many flood defenses in the Fens and stops the flooded areas reaching others (the bank is to the right of the shot below). The wind whips up a storm on these wintry days so when we opened my car's doors the air practically popped our ears!
"It will be better when we get down the bank", I shouted to Mr Teen, bless him, he believed me! Yes,it was slightly better but as we came away from the bank wall the incessant cold icy blast dug dip into our ears and stung our cheeks. However, this was our first walk of 2015 and we battled on.
The camera was held up on a few occasions only to be knocked back or to the side, however that's half the fun isn't it? Unfortunately the gloves weren't on as they were hanging on the washing line to dry (an unfortunate incident with cleaning up after Coco (my dog) last night when going for a short walk!), so my hands were blue with cold.
I wondered if these dog walkers on the opposite bank had the same problem?!
Now, here in the flat landscape of the Fens in Lincolnshire, we have thousands of acres of sky, and to witness this ever changing canvas is always wonderful and breathtaking.
The silhouetted landscape against the enormous sky was a joy to capture and my fingers were ready to fall off, but it was worth it.
I couldn't take my eyes off it.
The wind was so strong that even after a couple of seconds, the whole sky changed. On the ground the grasses all danced madly with the sunlight making their fluffy tails glisten.
Then another gust of wind and the grass that usually stands so tall and proud were practically laying horizontal.
The howling wind sang tunes to us while we stood on the bridge and watched briefly the river below us creating large ripples in the water. Dog walkers and cyclists passed us by, all looking as frozen as us today. No idle chit chat that we usually have during the summer months.
So many different directions we could have taken, but we needed warmth, we needed to be away from this icy blast.
Only one thing for it, to get back to the car and walk past fences with no real purpose.
So, home to a very welcome hot cup of coffee and a slow thaw. No doubt we will be back here again soon, but it will probably be a little warmer!
The wind settled down when it was time for Coco's walk this evening (which passed without 'incident') and the gloves are beautifully clean.
Wishing you all a wonderful first weekend of 2015!
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