Late November and early December 2010 produced a week of extreme snow weather in Staffordshire. Some places did look lovely though: the impressive gardens at the Trentham Estate, designed around the middle of the 18th Century, looked spectacular.
Looking towards the east of the county, the early morning sun tries in vain to warm up the frozen village of Stramshall, near Uttoxeter.
Rob sent in this photo of Mow Cop Castle. The structure, which lies on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border, is a folly of a ruined castle that was built in 1754.
Some kind soul lent the statue of Josiah Wedgwood in Stoke a woolly hat (you can just about see it in his hand through the snowfall).
Deb Asplin from Kingsley Holt sent in this photo of a squirrel stocking up with nuts for Christmas. Great photo!
Ashley Lewis sent in this photo taken of a field in Blythe Bridge in north Staffordshire.
Andrew James writes "Made this igloo yesterday with my two girls. Our neighbours were great, letting us pinch their snow to help make the igloo."
This photo sent in by Paula from Meir. Cutest photo of the year...
A VERY snowy day in Hanley...
Laura Barnes writes: "This was the view from my back door this morning - duvet day very much in order!"
Hannah Blissett took this photo of some frosty-looking sheep in a nearby field in Grindon, Staffordshire.
Hannah also took a picture of her dog, Oscar. The moorlands never looks better than in the snow... even if it is more treacherous than it looks.
Dan Morris sent in this photo of his 1972 GT Beetle. A snow-car.
Jonathan White sent in this photo of Kingsley & Froghall railway station, which is on the Churnet Valley line in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Hanley Town Hall takes on a distinctly Christmassy feel.
An icy Stowe Pool glistens in the foreground of Lichfield Cathedral.
The pool in Lichfield's Beacon Park is currently being restored by the city council. The park has a number of statues including one of the Captain of the Titanic, Edward John Smith - who might well not be enjoying another sight of ice...
The hill in Hanley Forest Park is actually a coal spoilheap left over after the closure of Hanley Deep Pit. For years it continued to smoulder, but it looks like it has no warmth left in it now!