Saturday, 14 January 2012

Winter watch

Our first walk in the new year: a winter walk.

Last night there was a sudden drop in temperature that resulted in a sharp frost.

We waited until the afternoon to go out but the chill was still in the air so we were all bundled up.  We took the usual route, mainly to observe anything new this season.

A clear blue sky, which is quite rare in England these days:

Bare trees and branches.  We also spied some early spring buds.

A frozen pond.

Friendly and curious horses.

Walking across fields after a sharp frost is fascinating, if you can live with having to wash up extremely muddy boots...

Mud has its usefulness though.  We certainly saw many animal tracks that fascinated us, even though we already knew which animals they were from: dogs, deer, and horses.


Winter is also a good time to look for animal homes since the lack of bushes reveal their location more readily.  It didn't take long to find many holes of different sizes on our walk.  Most of them are rabbit warrens (evidenced by the rabbit droppings nearby), the rest are probably foxes' dens.

This post is linked up to several blog hops, where you can visit to see what other homeschoolers have been busy with.


  1. Isn't it fun to search for animal prints on walks? Right now we've been seeing them in SNOW and recently found lots of squirrel prints!

  2. What fun to take a walk & explore nature up close & personal!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  3. We rarely see animal prints here, which is a shame, but yours are interesting to look at.

    Thanks for linking to Science Sunday again!

  4. We're enjoying exploring nature in the winter and enjoyin our English blue skied frosty mornings - we're learning about winter birds at the moment. Lovely pics!

  5. Beautiful! What a lovely place you live in.

  6. Love the pictures of horses :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday!!!


  7. Wow, looks amazing! i love that you looked for animal homes and tracks. Thanks for linking to Fun Sparks. x


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