Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A lunchtime walk in the snow

I managed to get out of the office at lunchtime today to get my fix of the great outdoors. I'm lucky enough to work next to the canal at Loughborough so I stuck on my wellies, hiking jacket and gloves and headed out for a walk. Well, I say a walk...in places it was more like skating over the ice and trying not to end up on my arse!

The sun was out, shining off the crisp white snow, blinding me as a I walked along the canal bank. I braved taking my gloves off, exposing my hands to the cold to take some pictures. The snow seemed to have stilled everything, the birds hiding away in the trees, people wrapped up warm inside and everything was peaceful and quiet and beautiful.

I crunched along towards the bridge. The canal boats, moored up along the edge were trapped in the ice, unable to move until the thaw. Smoke from their coal fires escaped upwards, making them looking invitingly cosy. Then I turned the corner and saw where all the ducks had disappeared to. Dozens of them, eating lunch courtesy of some fellow walkers. The young swan wasn't impressed I got so close and didn't feed him, hissing at me to move away.

And then, all too soon it was time to go back to work. My co-workers thought I was mad, choosing to go out in the cold. And yet, I'd have happily stayed out there all day.

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