Today we awoke to a cold, cold morning and the street cloaked in a thick blanket of freezing fog. It seemed like an ideal day to have a brisk walk around the local nature reserve at Brandon Marsh. M was a little reluctant, preferring the idea of staying indoors but I tempted her with the idea that she could wear her pyjamas under her clothes and how fun that would be!
To clarify, the pyjamas in question were thermals which M often wears as PJs during the coldest nights. Looking out through the haze at the frozen world this morning, thermals seemed like a good idea to me. Indeed all three of us wore thermal layers under our clothes for today's walk.
I had one other ace up my sleeve today - fairy ballerina wellie socks. How could M resist?
We pulled on our many layers and I defrosted the car so we could get into it. M watched carefully as I took luke warm water and poured it onto the bumper to release the tailgate which was welded under an inch of ice. It took two jugs of warm water to free it, then a little trickled down the door gap before the seal would break. M cheered as the door released and the tailgate swung reluctantly into the air.
Into the car we bundled, piling blankets on top of M as she never wears heavy coats in the car and it takes a while for the heating to get going. After extensive window clearing, we were on our way, albeit slowly to account for the ice on the side roads and lack of visibility. Once we were out of Coventry and heading for Brandon, the road cuts through countryside and it was beautiful. Fog hung low over fields behind the hedgerows while the white trees glistened in the weak sunlight that occasionally managed to break through the cloud cover.
The driveway to the reserve was a little scary, no salt or grit presumably because the run off into the marsh would be detrimental to the wildlife. Sheet ice was plainly visible on the road surface and around the speed bumps as I cautiously made my way down the hill towards the reserve carpark, where we parked without incident.
M donned her snowsuit, boots, scarf, hat and gloves. We grown-ups did up our coats and pulled on our boots.
We were no sooner making our way through the visitor centre courtyard when we spotted our first icy things, Frozen spiders webs.
|Frozen spider's web in the courtyard of the Visitor's Centre at Brandon Marsh.|
|A willow tree in the middle of a frozen lake.|
|The view across a frozen lake.|
|A stick rests on the surface of a frozen lake.|
|M and Dave look out over a frozen lake.|
|M holds up a stick complete with an attached piece of sheet ice.|
|Ice crystals formed in wood chip and leaf litter ground cover in the Mouse Maze.|
|Odd ice formations across a bootprint in the mud.|
|Ice crystals growing out from the stems of plants.|
|Very dramatic looking frozen teasels.|