The image above was shot on the iPhone yesterday on my walk to buy the daily newspaper. On most days the phone accompanies that walk and yesterday there were a number of pauses to ‘catch’ the fallen leaves edged by frost. Today is different, warmer with no frost, but colder weather is set to return. In the UK we are inclined to make a bit of a meal of snowfall. Truth is we are not accustomed to it often enough and therefore there has been a failure to invest in the necessary infrastructure to cope with the relatively rare occasions when it is needed.
The last time we had a significant cold December was 2010 and that was really cold and prolonged. I recall going out for a post-prandial (after lunch) walk round the village on Christmas Day to see the icicles hanging a foot long from guttering.
It was a month that lingers long in my memory and the following images are ones that spring to mind as the most evocative of that month – all of them captured on a familiar walk round the outskirts of the village where we used to live.