Yesterday was a day to fill my heart as my world was sprinkled with icing sugar and I do love that sparkly sprinkling!
This is what we lovingly refer to the 'scenic route' to and from school but alas as the boys get older they like the busier child laden route where they can bump into friends but I miss the 'scenic route', it is so beautiful. You get to feel the seasons change so easily here, from the leaves falling off the centuries old trees, the berries appearing on the holly bushes, the carpet of snowdrops through to the spring daffodils and the lush new leaves. These pictures give the impression of boundless country fields which could not be further from the truth. I live in a New Town made up of many, many, many, many houses and just a few less shops but my little piece happens to be built on the farm land of the 'big house' and luckily the building - Howden House- (pictured above) and it's surrounding parkland are still there for us to enjoy. It breaks my heart that the building is slowly dying through neglect and vandalism (the repair and bringing back to former glory is on the lottery win wish list). I have so many memories of this park and the adjoining Mews ( I think it's called Howden park Centre now); a theatre inside the old stable yard. Of visiting as a child for bizarre puppet shows and at Christmas for the local amateur group Panto, bark rubbings in the park and snow, you know the snow like we never have anymore! There are hopes for Howden House as the Mews has just had a very expensive and lenghty re-furb which may affect the need to improve the House as you have to pass it's unsightliness to reach the Centre. Fingers crossed!! Toes crossed painfully if it'll help!!
Yet yesterday all I could feel was the beauty of the sparkling sprinkled blanket of the icing sugar frost!