The Mistbow

Early yesterday morning, after a full (or almost full) moon, a frost had dusted the fields with icing sugar and caused a white mist.  We went for a walk just as the sun was struggling to break through it.

We had the camera ready to photograph some new lambs the farmer has put into the field but they were too far in to get a good picture so we snapped this instead and called it a mistbow although somebody else probably already has or maybe it has some other name.  If you know, please enlighten me.

In any case, the mist cleared, we had a beautiful, sunny day and the new garden suddenly seems full of possibilities with the snowdrops finished but daffodils and crocus open, tons of hellebores both white and purple, and a patch of heather pulsating with bees.  I’m hoping they are honey bees although it seems a bit early.  If they are though and I can track down the owner of the hives, it would be great to be able to buy some of the honey.

I can’t believe it’s already the last day of February.  Who would have thought that lockdown would make the time pass faster?  Or is that just me?




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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on February 28, 2021 - 08:22

    Wow! I have never seen one of those – magic!

    • #2 by tialys on February 28, 2021 - 11:40

      I expect, if we weren’t in lockdown, those local pagans would have been out indulging in some sort of ceremony at the wondrous sight. Maybe it’s possible they were doing something online on a Zoom meeting or in a WhatsApp group. I’d like to think so.

  2. #5 by DawnGillDesigns on February 28, 2021 - 09:36

    that’s a gorgeous photo. Thank you for sharing it.

    • #6 by tialys on February 28, 2021 - 11:37

      You’re welcome Dawn.

  3. #7 by claire93 on February 28, 2021 - 10:09

    amazing photo!
    and could well be honey bees you saw. The husband is very pleased to see that his bees have survived the winter and have started heading off on their daily flights, coming home with pollen sacks full.

    • #8 by tialys on February 28, 2021 - 11:37

      That’s good to hear Claire. I will try to find out if anybody has hives locally although, of course, they could be wild ones (or whatever you call bees not kept in domestic hives 🐝

  4. #9 by katechiconi on February 28, 2021 - 10:27

    How beautiful and special! I’m glad the English countryside is proving to be inspiring and encouraging, rather than a poor second to what you had in France.

    • #10 by tialys on February 28, 2021 - 11:35

      Definitely not a poor second. I could wish for a tad more space inside but the benefits overrule that slight inconvenience.

      • #11 by katechiconi on February 28, 2021 - 11:50

        Very happy to hear it. How is organising the sewing space coming along?

      • #12 by tialys on February 28, 2021 - 13:20

        Hmmm. Everything is put away but don’t ask me where. I need to label the outside of containers. I just had to order six black buttons online to finish a top I’ve made (the gathered sleeve hack for the cropped ZW top) and yet I know, somewhere, I have a huge glass container of black buttons. Maybe it’s still in France.

      • #13 by katechiconi on February 28, 2021 - 21:38

        I keep looking at boxes of stuff in which I rootle sometimes, thinking I should really muck them out, since it’s been a couple of years! Can’t wait to see the new top.

  5. #14 by Emmely on February 28, 2021 - 15:21

    If every day appears the same it does feel like time passes quicker. When you think back on what you did it’s just “stayed home all month” and the memories sort of merge into one. If you want time to feel longer you need to engage in a whole lot of new activities that all become separate memories. Hard to do during lockdown….
    That mistbow is amazing! Surely a good new memory. 😉

    • #15 by tialys on March 1, 2021 - 11:21

      I prefer your explanation to Cathy’s (old age) although there might be a grain of truth in that too. In ‘normal’ times, having moved to an entirely new place, I would have been joining groups/gym/workshops etc. visiting old friends and some family members I haven’t seen for ages and generally ‘putting myself about’. Of course, none of that is possible and, although there’s lots of settling in to do in the house, we need to get a few problem areas sorted before we do any decorating so that’s not even underway yet. So, every day does tend to be a bit samey for a lot of people I’m sure but we are lucky to be living where we are, the husband can work from home now and Spring is here which are all reasons to be cheerful.

      • #16 by Emmely on March 1, 2021 - 17:49

        Yes, spring!!! Sooo looking forward to spring!

  6. #17 by kathyreeves on February 28, 2021 - 16:10

    Frame that photo, it is lovely and serene, great for a bathroom or bedroom!

    • #18 by tialys on March 1, 2021 - 11:08

      I might see how it comes out on the printer.

  7. #19 by craftycreeky on February 28, 2021 - 16:53

    Beautiful photo, mistbow sounds a great name.

    • #20 by tialys on March 1, 2021 - 11:07

      Perhaps I should patent it 😉

  8. #21 by CurlsnSkirls on February 28, 2021 - 20:52

    Agreeing with Kathy above – you should print and frame this gorgeous shot!

  9. #23 by nanacathy2 on February 28, 2021 - 23:18

    Love the mistbow- send to your local press- meantime- time passing quickly- it’s old age, sorry.

    • #24 by tialys on March 1, 2021 - 11:06

      I prefer Emmely’s explanation!

  10. #25 by Laurie Graves on March 1, 2021 - 04:23

    A mistbow! I have never seen such a thing. How lovely and ethereal. Wonderful that spring comes so early. In Maine, it usually doesn’t come until the end of April.

    • #26 by tialys on March 1, 2021 - 11:05

      The first lambs are in the fields so it’s definitely spring 🐑

  11. #28 by anne54 on March 1, 2021 - 04:35

    Mistbow is the perfect word. If there is some meteorological term, it should be replaced my mistbow. One of the delights of a new garden must be to see what will appear in Spring.

    • #29 by tialys on March 1, 2021 - 11:03

      Yes, we’re just now seeing what is popping up here and there.

  12. #30 by magpiesue on March 2, 2021 - 19:19

    I agree with Anne, ‘mistbow’ should be the official name for that natural occurrence. 🙂

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