The weather has been terrible here for most of the week - strong winds, incredibly heavy rain causing flooding, very stormy. It's not like February at all, but kind of like October. I listen to the wind roaring around the house and the rain lashing against my window during the early hours of the morning and I have to admit, I actually quite like it. There's something so cosy about being warm indoors, curled up in bed under the quilt, when the weather is horrible outside. What I don't like, however, is that I've managed to get outside for a proper walk just once this week. I've made it my mission to exercise more this year, so this is not good news. But yesterday the weather improved, and so I went for a walk along the country roads just before it got dark. I could sense that there would be some good opportunities for photos, so I took the iPad Mini with me and snapped away. I find I use the iPad for a lot of my photos these days - it's so quick and easy compared to my Canon camera and I'm impressed with the quality of the images, especially after minimal editing in Afterlight. So, here you are; enjoy a little of the Suffolk countryside. Quite different to Paris, non?
^^^ There's a sort-of-abandoned Christmas tree farm just up the road from us; they look so beautiful silhouetted against the sky with the Moon above.
^^^ This field is at the end of our street. It looks like there's a lake there, right? That's not a lake but a flooded field.
^^^ Ploughed winter fields; always a favourite of mine. I can't resist those furrows and the gorgeous texture of the earth.
^^^ Tree silhouettes - another favourite!
^^^ I spy some sheep.
^^^ This is so Tess of the d'Urbervilles. I watched the 2008 BBC four-part adaptation on YouTube the other day. Saddest story ever; completely heart-wrenching. But oh so good. Watch it if you can (I enjoyed episodes 2, 3 and 4 more than episode 1 - it definitely improves as it goes along). A tale of love, missed opportunities, betrayal, bad decisions and bad timing. More than once I wanted to get hold of Tess and say, "What the hell are you doing?!". And Angel? We won't even go there. I love it. I may have to watch it again.
^^^ You kind of expect to see Angel Clare appearing on the horizon, right? Or is that just me?
Photographs © Natasha Newton 2014