A half inch of snow fell last night. For us at Blenheim Lodge, it was the first snow of this Autumn/Winter. Looking out of the window this morning at 8:30, I saw that the snow was patchy at best, although a covering of frost was widely evident.
It is now approximately 2:20 pm as I write, and all the snow has melted under the (admittedly) insipid sunshine. However, I think that we will have another hard frost tonight and possibly more snow tomorrow morning. The weather forecast has been one of dry but very cold days.
The sad thing about the recent frost is that it has killed half the plants in our window boxes. I had only recently posted an image of a view from Blenheim Lodge and you can see some window boxes depicted to the right of the photograph (reposted above). Well, the red plants you can see in the picture are now all dead. Sigh!
So what does the Lake District look and feel like at present? Well, it is cold, but the sun is definitely trying to keep his hat on. I can see bright rays of sunlight sparking their way through light blue grey clouds. The wind seems to be blowing most hesitantly indeed at my small conifers, causing them to dance a little. Meanwhile, their neighbours, my poor dead plants, stand ramrod straight, sheltered on either side by the conifers but quite lifeless otherwise.
It has been quiet in the Lake District of late, what with the scaremongering tales of heavy rainfall around much of the country prior to the latest newspaper announcement I read this weekend of upcoming drier but colder weather. As usual, the scenery of the Lakes remains resplendent in the midst of this cold snap, and intrepid walkers and sightseers are not put off. The ferries continue to cruise Windermere, and yachts can be seen with sails unfurled against the wind on the Lake.
Meanwhile I am sitting in the lounge at Blenheim Lodge, snugly warm and listening to the soothing, yet atmospheric, strains of Tomaso Albinoni’s ‘Adagio in G Minor’ (www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMbvcp480Y4). You’ve guessed it! I am still working on those YouTube videos, and it will be sometime yet before I am done.
I am now working on a section of the video where I have written about some Lake District homes and gardens to visit. One of these is Muncaster Castle, which is considered one of the most haunted castles in the UK. One of its best known ghosts is that of Mary Bragg, a young girl murdered near the Castle gates in the 1880s.
Another home mentioned in the video is Blackwell House, near Blenheim Lodge. No expense was spared in creating this lovely Arts and Crafts home, which can be seen in the intricate detail lavished upon every single aspect of the house. The workmanship is absolutely superb in this Grade I listed building.
Despite chilly days and nights, Blenheim Lodge continues to extend a warm welcome and snug retreat to our guests. We are open for New Year too, which may well be white if the weather forecasts are accurate. However, the roads should be gritted if the Roads Department does their job properly, and thus access in, around and out of the Lake District should go smoothly.
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