05.02.12 - Walk to Nowhere (if you want a laugh at my expense feel free to read the whole caption)
This was a very very weird day! Firstly, thanks for your comments on my snowy pic yesterday, and apologies that I didn't reciprocate, but that was down to my very very weird day :)
A few days ago my friend Andy, here in the pic, asked if I wanted to take photos of a cross country race that he was taking part in? I jumped at the chance to shoot something different, especially with the possibly of it taking place in snow. The last couple of days we were worried that it would be cancelled because of the weather, but the website kept saying that it was on. Then the snow closed many local roads overnight, and they were still only "passable with care" Sunday morning as we set off on a 25 mile drive to the race. When we arrived in the village there was no sign of anyone, no tyre tracks, no posters or direction signs. After driving around for ages we decided that it had been cancelled and that we were the only people who didn't get the message. We didn't want a wasted trip, so pulled the car up onto the verge and set off to get rid of our adrenaline on a mystery walk around the fields, trying to follow footpath signs and not get shot by over zealous landowners! There was barely 2 inches of snow on the ground, but it had drifted deeper in places, and the thick fog made the whole thing very surreal, with trees looming out of the gloom at regular intervals like this. We did our walk and headed back to town, where I still had a sledging appointment with the twins and their Mum. At was at this point that my "ex" told us that she'd looked at the race website, and the event had been on Saturday, in glorious frosty sunshine, no wonder we didn't see any sign of it!!!!!! Embarrassment all round, but holes refused to open up in the ground to spare our blushes.
But then I did have a great time sledging, teaching the kids that on your tummy face first is definitely the way to go! The icing on the cake was an awesome dusk walk with Mr Willis in unbelievable light as the sun finally came out.
Yes a weird day, but ultimately a beautiful one too :)