Storm Gertrude and My Captured Moment

This weekend was one of those perfect, chilled family weekends. You know the ones, where you get up when you feel like it, have a long leisurely breakfast, and several cups of coffee by a roaring fire. Storm Gertrude was doing her best outside, and from our little house on the top of a hill we were experience strong winds, hail, sleet and at times heavy snow.

But when you have nowhere to be it just doesn’t matter does it? It was also Chris’s birthday weekend. We had decided to have a chilled day on Saturday and had friends calling in, and on Sunday we planned to wrap up warm and walk 3 miles to a nearby village for a pub lunch.

As soon as Jack cottoned on that Chris’s parents were meeting us at the pub, his foot took a terrible turn for the worse and he hitched a lift with his grandparents. Chris, Joe and I however are made of stronger stuff and set of in the wind and rain into the eye of Gertrude for a country adventure.

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

The key with days like this is wrap up warm, and ensure you have a great waterproof jacket and footwear. The rain was lashing down by the time we arrived in the next village, but we were warm and dry, and had earned our honeycomb cheesecake and Bailey’s coffee deserts.

Joe and I amused ourselves along the way by trying to take photos in the rain, my homework for this week had been movement. So as long as Joe was willing to participate I had him jumping up and down to try out my fast shutter speed. After not very long he however got bored and chased of after Chris, who was on a mission to get to a warm dry country pub as quickly as possible, I fear he is losing patience with my keep stopping to take photos every where we go?

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment
At one stage when we were passing a field of sheep they all took a real shine to me and followed me along the fence. Joe and I decided that my new white Trespass coat made me resemble one of them and they were welcoming me into the flock with open arms. We put it to the test with Joe and I taking different directions, Joe armed with grass as bait. They snubbed the bait and continued in their pursuit of myself and my lovely white ski jacket

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

It was around this point we were passed by Chris’s parents and Joe bailed and jumped in the car with them. Leaving Chris and I to continue our walk just the two of us, something that doesn’t often happen. We were left enjoying the last leg of our journey, peaceful, and thankfully due to a little planing warm and dry.

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

 

When we arrived at the pub we were welcomed with a glass of wine, and a roaring fire, great company and a hearty roast dinner.  I felt I had most definitely earned my dessert.  Weekends like this are just wonderful aren’t they? Chilled out, yes maybe cold and wet, but most definitely fun.

 

Hurricane Gertrude and My Captured Moment

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16 Comments

  1. 4th February 2016 / 8:40 pm

    It sounds like an excellent weekend, it is my ambition to enjoy one of these soon! Lovely pictures Sarah, I love that the boys bailed when they could, my girls would have definitely done the same xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th February 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks lisa, and yes ha ha typical of our two up for adventure but took the easy option x

  2. 4th February 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Sounds the perfect weekend Sarah and laughing at Jack saying about his foot so he could have a lift. Typical teens eh. I can imagine that glass of wine and roast was very well deserved after your 3 mile walk. I hope you got a lift home x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th February 2016 / 9:55 pm

      I know Tracey ha ha, and oh yes the wine and fire were well received x

  3. 4th February 2016 / 11:24 pm

    That definitely sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday to me. Jack looks ruddy freezing in those photos! #MyCapturedMoment

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th February 2016 / 9:56 pm

      It was cold Victoria, it was a wonderful Sunday afternoon x

  4. 5th February 2016 / 10:45 am

    Hi Sarah, I’d say you’d earned your pudding (honeycomb cheesecake sounds fab!). I hope the two balers only got to watch you enjoy yours… Okay, so that wouldn’t have been fair, but I hope you got the largest portion!

    Sheep are funny creatures and probably did think you were one of them!

    It does sound like the perfect way to spend a birthday and I hope Chris enjoyed it.

    xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th February 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Ha ha, trust me Debbie that pair never ever miss a pudding, x

  5. 7th February 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Wow it looks cold! Your coat looks very snug though and the puddings sound very well deserved. #MyCapturedMoment

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      8th February 2016 / 10:10 pm

      It was definitely put through the test and passed with flying colours, it is so snug and warm x

  6. 8th February 2016 / 2:46 pm

    What lovely pictures, the weather has been wild recently hasn’t it! x #mycapturedmoment

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      8th February 2016 / 10:15 pm

      I know and not showing any sign of improvement either, thank you xx

  7. 9th February 2016 / 9:36 am

    Ah Sarah that sounds like a perfect weekend! I’m such a sucker for a roaring wood fire, the noise, the smell, the cosy, warm feeling! These are beautiful pictures too. I love the selfie of you in your big fluffy white coat, it’s just perfect for you and your colours. Thank you so much for joining #MyCapturedMoment xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      10th February 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you Heledd, yes I love a fire, and I love my new coat it is soooo cozy x

  8. 12th April 2016 / 8:24 am

    Your jacket is beautiful! I’m still not sure that the cheesecake and coffee deserts would be worth going out in that weather though.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      16th April 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much Stella, ha ha it really was honestly although where we live you would never go out during the winter if you let the weather put you off x

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