Tuesday View (7th January)

While we are hearing news of the polar vortex pushing down across North America and creating frigid conditions for many regions, in comparison the Central European temperatures are positively balmy… currently 8Β°C on our patio, with warm sunshine and barely a breeze. A lack of snow in the Bavarian Alps is worrying the ski resorts as only areas above 1,000 metres are covered – and no snow is forecast for at least another ten days…

My view, at around 2pm today, shows the blue sky and sunshine, although the rockery is still in its winter shade. The lavender looks almost blue today too.


My thoughts are turning to spring, and I have already noticed the days are growing longer!

(The snowman may have to wait another year!)


Have you built a snowman this year yet?

56 thoughts on “Tuesday View (7th January)

  1. We are also out of the path of the polar vortex but my lavender has gone dormant for the winter. A few fragrant springs would be glorious!

  2. We are just having more and more rain, more flooding and waves higher than have been seen before. Them temperature is 10C but with no sun and a stong wind, it doesn’t seem like it! Haven’t seen a blue sky like that for some time!

  3. It does seem odd not to have had freezing cold and snow after the last couple of winters. But with the crazy weather we seem to be getting all over the world, who knows what the rest of January has in store!

    • It’s the other way round here… mostly misty and the occasional spot of sunshine! We often get some blue sky to the north, where those trees stand, even on an otherwise cloudy day…

  4. I truly envy the beautiful weather you are experiencing now. Thanks for sharing your pictures to give us hope for a speedy spring!

    • I’ve given up on hopes for wintry weather, and am hoping (very cautiously) for an early spring… we had snow at Easter last year though…. πŸ˜‰

  5. This is kind of confusing here in Germany, isn’t it? It’s like spring but I bet winter will come around february/march! Nice view!

  6. We have been lucky here, lots of wind and rain but not cold. The garden seems to think spring is nearly here and so do the birds. Let’s hope they are right.

  7. What a beautiful pic. I went dog-walking with a friend this evening and noticed that it’s staying light a little longer – or maybe I was imagining it now that Christmas is over and I’m dreaming of Spring. My daughter asked on the way to school this morning though, “Are we not going to have snow this year?” and although I’ve been enjoying our milder winter, I have to admit that I would like to make a snowman with her.

  8. Lovely to look at…I’m not going to complain about our temps, when others have it so much worse, but a little warmer would be nice…the grass is crunchy when I walk on it.
    It can be spring now. Really. Fine by me… πŸ™‚

    • I’m going to look for my snowdrops again tomorrow… it’s becoming a daily habit! No shoots showing yet though. I just hope they don’t appear and then get covered in snow for weeks on end like last year! Yes, spring would be good.

  9. Nothing but rain and wind over here in the UK but we have been fortunate in our own neck of the woods Cathy compared to other counties. That sky is a glorious colour. Hope that you get some snow soon – we need to be reassured that it is winter!

  10. This must be one of my favourite photos of your garden . . . love the mix of the bare and the green and the bluish under that perfect sky. Have a number of blogfriends caught up in that Mother of a Storm in Illinois . . . not easy especially if one is looking after animals . . .

    • Hi Eha! Yes, I really feel for them in the US – anyone working with plants or animals must be quite distraught. Looks like it’s warming up again slowly now though.

  11. That sky looks great and I also hope to notice the lengthening days soon…. just haven’t been outside enough to see!
    We’re in the vortex now, it’s such a great name for an arctic blast of cold air, but I’m hoping it finds it’s way back up north soon.

  12. All that blue sky is divine! It’s been dark and gloomy here. Yes, my daughter made a snowman and it’s in the freezer. It didn’t snow much, so the snowman is only eight inches tall!

  13. What a beautiful scene you have right in your own backyard. It doesn’t even look like winter, or not as I would imagine anyway! I forget that the ski resorts need their winter…we all have concerns for the local economies. I’m obviously not experiencing any real cold, but everything is a bit drab and dormant. I’m pouring over the seed catalogues and dreaming of spring, too. I think if I were in the path of this current polar vortex I wouldn’t be capable of dreaming for much, I’m afraid. I admire those who can “weather” extreme cold. πŸ™‚

    • We usually get very cold weather for a short time, sometimes even a few weeks, but this year it’s nowhere in sight… I’m not complaining! I received another catalogue today too, which I will enjoy perusing over my morning coffee tomorrow. Happy dreaming Debra! πŸ˜€

  14. No snowman here and even in the worst winter you may not find enough snow. πŸ˜‰ We have 15Β°C and I’m wondering about all these flowers and swelling buds as winter is surely lurking somewhere…

    • It was 11Β°C here today Annette… quite odd, but very pleasant! Yes, let’s hope we don’t get a sharp shock later in the season. There are no buds out here yet, but the snowdrop shoots are just peeping out the ground!

  15. Enjoy those warm breezes when they come. We will be suntanning and thawing out come Sat. at the beach πŸ™‚ it will go from below very far below 0F to in the mid 40’s and low 50’s F πŸ™‚ YIPPEE!!!!!!

  16. Wow, you’ve been having stellar weather! It has warmed up here a great deal – lots of Chinooks rolling in over the past couple of weeks, and the wind is eating all the snow. I feel horrible for all the people in eastern/northern Canada and in the States who are suffering in the extreme cold.

  17. I’m amazed that you garden looks more like spring than winter. When we were in Bavaria in October, they had just had 15 inches of snow. It is hard to believe that it had been so warm in your area lately. We have had the below freezing temps and lots of snow on the ground but today we have freezing rain turning into rain by tonight. Very strange winter.

    • Yes Karen, an unusual pattern of weather everywhere this winter. They have had very little snow in the mountains and are having to spread artificial snow in the ski resorts. It could still get cold though! πŸ˜‰ Stay safe in those icy conditions you have!

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