Love the fog here Barrie, and the composition. Strong use of lines draws you into where you are heading. I think you've succeeded in portraying a strong emotion here. But I am left asking, 'do you want to go up that path my friend?' I assume that warmth lies beyond...
Such a lovely way of describing your walk up that lane, Barrie - "enter an almost monochrome world". A beautiful way of expressing what almost (even Bill, Down Under) have experienced.
You have created a wonderful image in black and white...and maintained a real range of tones and kept the details, which give me the feeling of walking there with you....feeling the damp mist and listening to our boots squish in some of the muddiness. I imagine there are birds singing, too.
Very well framed, and articulated, Barrie. I don't think you're strictly a "documentarian" anymore - or that you ever really have been only that.