5 DECEMBER 1952, Page 24

Winter Scene On a sunny day the view across the

undulating moor is most pleasant, but now, as we came to it, everything looked desolate and not a bit improved by the leaden surface' of the lake in the hollow. One had only to look to the distant hills to see that snow was on the way. They were partly obscured by what might have been a mist,but, because it was so cold, could only be snow or sleet. There Were little patches of ice on the road, and as we went on it seemed as though more and more of the surface was becoming frozen. The veil of snow blotted out the far landscape, and then all at once it obscured the hill ahead and began to envelop us. It was sleet that fell, piling up on the windscreen-wipers and covering the icy road. A wind bore it along diagonally, and I was sorry for two miserable sheep that stood with their backs to it, looking down the road. They had broken through the fence, and had not the wits to find their way back; so they remained where they were, waiting for the storm to pass. They were without the slightest shelter, and the relentless wind was driving the sleet into their fleeces.