Not so, it snowed all morning interspersed with freezing rain, it was cloudy (for that read really dull and dismal) and it was freezing! Really after I'd seen to my chickens (who steadfastly refuse to set one foot outside when they see that white stuff) and mucked out my mucky duck shed (pond wasn't frozen so the ducks were quite happy) I had to come inside and warm up. I then went out to see that all the garden birds had plenty of food and fresh water. Ditto the coming inside to warm up again!
And so it went on with me managing to nip outside, take a few photos here and there in between having to warm my hands up on hot coffee in between. My fingers were so cold the best I could do was set the camera on Idiot Mode, point and shoot and hope for the best. Forget any fancy macro shots as even wearing gloves (not easy to use a camera with) my hands were like blocks of ice.
Now most of the snow has gone but it's raining, and it's even more muddy around the chicken and duck sheds where somehow when you stomp on snowy grass it turns it into even more of a quagmire than it was before. So rather a disappointing kind of snow!
Anyway, here are a few photos that I did manage to take.
|Rose bud not looking very happy - I think I can safely say that's the end of the roses!|
|A view from my bedroom window taken through the double glazing hence a few blobs|
which are actually the snow (or dirt!) on the panes
|My lake - apart from that bit of green in the field beyond|
everything was looking so monochrome
|The 'moorhen tree' (the willow growing out over the water) |
and the weeping willow on the left giving a faint hint of colour
And so to the wild birds. We have more blue tits here than great tits or sparrows, which I find quite surprising as in previous gardens the great tits have always outnumbered the blue tits, and we'd be feeding hundreds of sparrows! However we don't seem to have very many interesting or different birds coming to our feeders - we saw more variety of birds in the first couple of years that we lived here and since then most have never been seen again. I wonder if it is anything like the other wildlife such as partridges, pheasants, hares and deer that we see so little of any more?
|Here's one of my feeding stations with bird bath. |
There are a number of birds waiting in the wiggly hazel on the left.
|Blue Tit on left and Great Tit on right|
|Not very clear shot but I wanted to show this Greenfinch on the seed feeder, |
along with a couple of Great Tits.
Greenfinches are common birds but we don't see them here very often.
|Mrs Chaffinch taken from a distance. The Chaffinches are common birds |
and like to eat the duck food that I put out!
|A really distant shot hence not clear at all but I wanted to show that we do have|
Blackbirds and Robins here - again common birds, but not easy to get close to!
|This was taken at a distance through my bedroom window and double glazing.|
It's a Fieldfare which are winter visitors and we tend to see them only when
the weather is particularly harsh.
The rest of the shots are all of Blue Tits. They are small birds and one of my favourites. Being small they were so desperate to feed that I was able to get closer to them than the other birds, so some better shots of them.