Winter views

There was much snow and ice here in Glasgow and Scotland last week


It has been pretty cold, a sudden plunge into deep winter;  after a mild autumn, it has come as a bit of a shock to have to don so many more layers when venturing out!


I took these photos when I arrived home from work one evening, after a fresh fall of snow


A pretty icing sugar dusting on the trees


The next morning was glorious, and everywhere glistened.

imageWhen the the sun shines and the snow sparkles, it is gorgeous. Winter has its brightest coat on days like this one above.

A day for planning


A day of foul, wintry weather in these parts; rain, sleet, hail, strong wind and cold temperatures.

A day for staying in with my new diary,  new notebook and new iPad cover 😄

A day for looking for music for my pupils


A day for snuggling up on the sofa with a cuddly cat

A day to plan and prepare, and to look forward to what’s ahead!

Poem for January

I’m a little late with this poem, as January is already over, but I like this poem very much; and I enjoyed including poetry here over Christmas, and want to carry that on. It’s great to discover new poets and their work and to revisit old favourites. I love the economy of the words in this poem, every one counts and makes the imagery vivid; enjoy.


The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.

–John Updike