As Neda has noted in her posting of yesterday, Northern Europe is now in the grips of a cold snap, as was evident on my dog walk this morning.
My last post was about artificial Xmas decorations, so I was pleased to find this leaf today. Often in Christmas decorations you get the spray-on snow or ice, but this was the real thing. Not a good enough camera (enlarged you can get some idea) but the leaf glittered in reality with thousands of little ice diamonds in the sunshine. So the leaf held much value on its on it's intricate surface. Apart from the pleasure it gave me to look at it. 'Held' is a suitable word because the cold allowed the ice crystals to adhere to the leaf; raindrops, though sparkly, tend to fall off easily.
I have also posted some sparkling icy leaves, which I thought Lisa might appreciate, and also another valuable entity, Ruby the Rottweiler ( a rescue dog, cherished as you can tell from the coat, and a name which has connotations of a Northern working class woman of a certain age with a heart of gold) Scamp's best mate, decked out in her smart winter coat which keeps out the cold.
Postscript. This is a great challenge which I have thoroughly enjoyed doing for some weeks now. So interesting seeing all the different ideas people come up with, from all corners of the globe. Now it is made even more valuable by j. m. tewesbury's generous offer of $5 per entry to hugely deserving charities. I'm going to get a better camera! I'm going to think of really good ideas! The Two Things Challenge can be found through 'Debi Cates Photo A Day', and 'The Great Grannies Blog', through the comment on this posting.