Apparently 1st March is the first day of the meteorological spring, it didn’t feel like it when I went with Tilly for our early morning walk! I decided to pass on climbing Hambledon Hill today the wind was strong and very cold and the snow had started. I instead I walked towards Shroton Brake and the Stone Circle and then back under the base of the hill which was sheltered at times!

The sheep below had been fed fresh hay and looked comfortable in their thick woolly coats as the snow came down.

Sheep in the snow!
Sheep in the snow!

I was hoping to see more of a covering of snow on the Stones but no luck, I thought I might venture out the next day but it was not to be as we had frozen rain overnight into 2nd March, covering the deep snow with ice, even the windows looked as though we had frosted glass and getting anywhere was tricky. I was looking forward to getting some snowy pictures!

Stone Circle
Stone Circle

It looked very grim towards Fontmell Down, a sign of the day ahead, it was still nice to be out and fairly comfortable underfoot.

Towards Fontmell down
Towards Fontmell down

As I got back to the village the Lime Avenue looked imposing with Hambledon Hill behind, another well photographed view by myself, again the view changes with the seasons.

Lime Avenue, Child Okeford Manor
Lime Avenue, Child Okeford Manor

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