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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Frozen Christmas Rose

26 December 2009 20:24:56
Frozen Beauty

Frozen Beauty

Santa has been and gone and hopefully most Christmas wishes have been granted. The scene here on Christmas day was like a Christmas card but the downside was that all water to horses and livestock has been frozen since Christmas Eve it's still not working even though it started to thaw today. It was a quiet Christmas here with no kids in the house and only six for dinner which is always in the evening as horses and cattle have to be fed. The morning was sunny and I would have loved to have got photos from the top of the farm but by the time I managed to get out in the afternoon the sun had gone no fabulous sunset to capture but still the beauty of the frosted trees and winter views just make me realise how lucky I am to live in such an unspoilt part of the country. The birds have been crazy on the feeder on the arch with frantic comings and goings I will have to try and get it positioned in a situation that can be watched from the kitchen or sunroom. I have posted up photos in the Dec album, Christmas at Cloncaw and Birdwatch at Cloncaw.

The temperature is dropping again and it is freezing on top of the partially melted snow and compacted ice and listening to the weather we are going to have another cold spell.

Took this photo of a rose in the east bed it was just frozen solid and glistening with frost so beautiful.


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Jacinta Jacinta 26 December 2009 20:28:19

So beautiful. It looks like a cake decoration.


kitkat kitkat 26 December 2009 20:48:31

Your frozen rose is beautiful.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 December 2009 21:35:05

A frozen beauty it is for sure Cloncaw.Today here has been thawing well but from around 6 pm the stars are back on the roads.I was sort of hoping it had all passed but it does not look like that im afraid.


Lìga Lìga 27 December 2009 08:37:36

Nice pictures Cloncaw,everything so white.Japanise peonys look very good,i got one orange,,,i hope they will look same like on picture:)


Hoeys Hoeys 27 December 2009 09:49:13

so pretty and so fragile. Nature has a power to survive. your place is so beautiful with all the snow.


milkchurns milkchurns 27 December 2009 10:36:01

cloncaw your puddings,cake and stortbread all went down very well. i have of  bit of pudding left which will be eaten after dinner today.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 December 2009 11:39:01

Paul glad you enjoyed the Christmas goodies, if you would like anymore puddings let me know as no one else really eats them here and I can let you have some more.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 December 2009 11:45:01

Jacinta and Kit Kat, it looks a bit sad now that the frost is gone it would have looked wonderful on a cake.

John The thaw is on here but everywhere is just like a bottle, sun's out but don't know if it'll thaw enough so hate to think what it'll be like if we get the wather as per forecasts.

Liga and Hoey the place did look so beautiful in the snow and frost and Liga I hope the peonys turn out like the picture, just have to plan where to plant them, still in my very cool porch waiting.


Lìga Lìga 27 December 2009 15:28:03

I repoted it in bigger pot,i did't find place jet,and is winter time,,so better weit for spring,,any way have to make place first,and then plant.Do you have usual peonias-Paeonia lactiflora?


Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 December 2009 18:03:35

Liga I have 2 Peony roses - Sarah Bernhardt the one in my picture profile also in photos the other I think will be dark red - it was minus a plant label when I bought it, was planted into a bigger pot and is in my plants in waiting. Good idea to do the same with the Japanese Peonys so as they have a bit of a head start- oh how I wish I had a greenhouse or tunnel really must sort something.


milkchurns milkchurns 27 December 2009 22:11:44

cloncaw i will have to pass on your offer on the puddings. i got a push bike from santa and from today on its salads and stir frys for me and a daily run on the push bike.i have put on over a stone since i started do the odd run in the lorrys.


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