Garden in winter

It’s easy to find reasons not to get outside over winter, challenge yourself to find beauty at a time of year when nature could easily be overlooked.

Plant life is sleeping, recharging the batteries for the explosion of colour that ignites the landscape in late spring.  Wrap up, get outside and breathe in the air that can at times burn your lungs. 

The outline of trees create a stark contrast against the landscape, shapes and forms are clear and frost can transform even the most simplest of things into something magical. Add snow and the guessing game of what lies beneath begins.

Look out for other patterns carved into stone around the house.
A detail of Stone Carving on blackened stone sourced from the edge of near by Ilkley Moor

The blackened stone of East Riddlesden Hall creates drama, while old walls clothed with ivy bring a rich green to an otherwise simple colour palate.      
In late winter snowdrops give the sign that winter is about to break it’s spell. Once daffodils push their way through the thawing ground you know that true spring is on its way.  

Quite the view of the meadow, encrusted in the first snows of winter.
A view of the meadow, encrusted in the first snows of winter.

The fields and meadows still pull many a walker in, perhaps it’s the simple bareness or the fact the river is truly exposed at this time of year making wildlife more visible.  Pull on those wellington boots, embrace the mud, the wet, the wind and enjoy being at one with the elements.