10 Nov 2016

The First Snow of Winter

Where to even begin.

I'm currently in a state of shock as to the current events that have come to pass over the last day or so.  So shocked in fact that I feel as though I am still yet to process everything; like I am numb to the horror and the enormity of it all.

I woke to a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach on the morning of the 9th November.  However it was fortunately later alleviated for a short while, by going for a hike and witnessing the magic of a light dusting of snow that had covered the higher ground of the Peak District the night before.
I knew that the only way for me to really deal with the news from America was to attempt to get away from people and to go as far as I could into the middle of nowhere.  This has the advantage of no phone reception, so no constant scrolling through Twitter in disbelief and no solemn texts shared between family and friends.

The cold was almost cleansing; it made me feel invigorated, yet calm all at once.

I saw a total of three people and one dog, which kind of felt like too many, but I was most certainly grateful it wasn't more.
To me, snow always has that feeling of being given a new slate or a blank canvas, like nature's way of enabling the earth to start over temporarily.  The timing of this particular snowfall drew close parallels with the news, like a signal for a new beginning.  I just hope with every fibre of my being, that this change won't come to be what I fear.

In the time that I got to spend alone with my dog in the wilderness, surrounded by such awe-inspiring natural beauty, I was made aware of how unbelievably thankful I am not to live in fear and to be surrounded by such kind and thoughtful people from many different walks of life.

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  1. So serene and beautiful - a perfect respite from all the nasties happening in social-land right now :(
    Gosh, I love snow before christmas! Please send some our way. The peak district looks so perfect & explorable with it's white dusting, such a beautiful palette of tones & colour.
    Thankyou for transporting us to this place through your blog :) <3

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    1. Oh serene is definitely the word I'd choose and yes it really was. Sending all the positive snow vibes I can (hoping for more here too)!
      Thanks so much lovely x

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  2. Anya! ^_^ These shots are so gorgeous! I can't believe it's snowing up country! That's definitely one thing Cornwall doesn't (often) have ;) Thanks for sharing - I always love reading what's going on in your world and these shots have been such a brightener on an otherwise dismal few days :) xx

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    1. Thanks Alex :) The Peaks are like wandering into a different country in the winter months; where there is no snow in the city, the countryside is often covered with the stuff! Ah but you get the amazing coast (which I'm aiming to visit again next year for sure). Thanks again x

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  3. I share the same sense of disbelief as you. Im in utter shock.

    You're photos are beautiful however, it's almost like the calm before the storm. Sort of tragically poetic really xx

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    1. It's just so hard to comprehend isn't it? Thank you x

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  4. Such beautiful views and the snow just makes it look even more magical! S x

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  5. So beautiful. I wish I could escape here when I needed to xx

    Nicole
    www.roseandmuse.co.uk

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    1. It is stunning isn't it? I wish I lived a bit closer than I do, although I'd probably never leave x

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  6. I'm from the opposite side of the Earth, and I'm still in shock. I wish there's someplace close that I can escape to for a while, but all that's near are shopping malls. And, oh, what I'd give to experience winter.

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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    1. I hope you get to experience it one day, it can be so wonderful x

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