Today was a frosty, Winter's day. And I relished it, because tomorrow it will rain (again) and our Wetlands Winter will resume as usual: WET.
But will you take a look at this; isn't it lovely? My dog Gina and I took our usual morning walk along the cycle path and the box hedge was decked out with tiny frosted edges.
So what, you Canadians, North-Americans, French, Germans, Russians and Scandinavians think. But you still experience genuine winter weather. We, Wetlanders, don't.
We haven't had a proper Winter since 2010/2011 and again 2011/2012. (Coo, that was a Winter, folks! I battled snow storms on my bicycle for weeks, seriously!)
This is my Erica, and if you watch very carefully and closely you can spot the hoarfrost on those tiny leaves as well.
My predominant thought was that it may very well be the only hoarfrost I will see this winter, so I'd better photograph it with my deficient Samsung. (I should start a crowd-funding project in order to obtain an iPhone. This Samsung is almost an ex-Samsung).
The thing is - I like a proper Winter. Not that I do any ice skating these days, those days are very much in my past. But I like the frost and snow. Not so much the ever present icy Northern or Easterly winds that will howl across the wetlands when there is a proper winter.
Come to think of it, the last time I did any ice skating was in 1995. Golly.
That was so much fun though! My husband, best friend Martin and I did the River Meije-Tour. Look it up on Google Earth, why don't you? A pretty-pretty little Dutch River which turned into a typical Dutch ice amusement park, with people alongside it turning their gardens into "koek-en-zopie" stands (food and drink) and Martin and me (never able to keep up with my athletic husband) having to duck underneath countless little bridges and Martin getting stuck there because of his too high bag pack and me collapsing in giggles on the ice due to too many Berenburgers (Dutch liquor) in my hot chocolate.
But. As I said already. The weather forecast for tomorrow is rain. All day. Damn.