We are lucky enough to live in extremely quiet surroundings, so we did not realise that snow had fallen overnight until we woke. I never fail to be uplifted by the sight of snow - the beauty always strikes me before any impracticalities.
And this is the first time I am experiencing the garden under snow as seen from my new sewing/computer room - a double delight. That is my computer area above, with at my right elbow a radiator, and the hydrangea which gives me great joy.
At my back as I sit at my computer is my sewing machine table - close enough to use the same radiator, and the same chair
and with a window out towards the back of the main house.
We call it the bay room because of a wide bay containing three windows onto the garden. The above view is out of the left pane of the left window, and below is the view from the right pane of that same window. The fence marks our boundary with the church path. Beyond is the cemetery, and fields further away.
The middle window has a view down to the black poplar, and the far end of the beech hedge which marks a boundary with the wetland part of the garden. In the foreground is a splendid mahonia which is about to flower, and the buds of which attract many little birds for a feast without diminishing the fragrant bounty. We have two mahonias: this one is a smaller one, while the big shrub can be seen behind and to the left of the yew above.
From the right window in the bay can be seen the church above the beech hedge and the willows of the wetland.
While working at the computer - and as I type this post - can be seen the wetland in a slice through the French windows, and I look forward to the whole view when warmer weather comes and I can take my stitching outdoors.
The room is more or less generally sorted now. I am sure that I will make adjustments certainly small, and possibly large as I go along, but meantime I am happier than even I imagined.
It is a big room, and I am extremely fortunate to have so much space in addition to the kitchen for prints, and a large cupboard besides - and the large annex bathroom as a temporary (!) dumping ground.
True the stuff that still needs sorting remains in ominous piles,
but some areas just came together naturally.