No dreamin’… we will have a white Christmas. At -12C (10F) at 6.30am it’s a pretty chilly Christmas Eve morning too. Not a morning for standing still too long in the garden! Nope… coats, hats, gloves and scarves may not be enough to keep warm today. How about a party?
Click on the image above to enlarge it. This is a scanned copy (with added copyright notice) from a Christmas card I sent out this year. I found it fun… the queuing and stand-offs are pretty accurate too. It made me smile.
Our snow has been with us for a week now whilst areas just a few miles North and South of us have been clear. It’s always weird when that happens. As the News now reports, snow and ice is widespread throughout Scotland and the UK. Driving conditions are dangerous especially with the low temperatures.
Just under 14cm (5 1/2 inches) read my ruler pushed into the snow on top of my outside table. For visitors outside the UK, this is a good snowfall for here although by no means the most we have had. I spent a few hours yesterday clearing our front drive. Snow was up over my step and had come up my door. I know this is nothing compared with other countries like the US and Canada… but I’m not in the Highlands of Scotland.
The photos below were taken yesterday in my garden just before dusk. We had a little more snowfall overnight but my garden looks pretty much like this still… except the bird feeders are almost empty! I’ll fill them up shortly.
Okay… enough snow chat… everyone is busy today! I’m heading out shortly myself (walking). Do take care if you are out and about too.
There are two pine trees in this area the one with a feeder and silver baubles is outside my window. You can see the arch with more feeders and the bird table roof tucked behind snow laden bamboo branches. Spot the mature tree in the distance catching the last rays of evening sun.
Mr & Mrs Chaffinch having a quite Christmas drink… from the snowflakes on the pine tree in front of my hedge. This tree was only moved here a few months ago and is very popular as a queuing spot for the feeders.
Even the popular ‘smiler’ snowman is bent over with the weight of snowfall. You’d never know a small pond was behind it now. Note the igloo on the right. This was an experiment to find a way for the ground feeding birds to find food in the snow. It’s an unused fruit basket with a large handle on its side and I built up snow around it. It is working okay.
Finally, a bit of tradition in many houses here… displaying Christmas Cards along staircases. I like walking past mine.
Whatever traditions you follow at Christmas and however you celebrate it I’d like to wish you a good one! I hope its all you’d like it to be 😀
Update 2pm: Having lunch, looking out the window and guess who came to join me? I’m thrilled to catch my first glimpses of the Long-tailed tits returning (buzzing) through my garden.
I’ve been watching for both them and the Blackcap that can appear at this time of year too. Don’t know how many Long-tailed tits are in the group. At a guess at least five… they spread themselves around three feeders so are difficult to count.
It’s going to be hard… but I must pull myself away from the window and put my camera away in its bag so I won’t be tempted to use it for the next couple of hours!! Okay… let’s be realistic… I’ll just go and busy myself in another room. Perhaps I should put a Christmas CD on and then I’ll get through my jobs quicker 😉
All snow photos except the long-tailed tits were taken in my garden on December 23rd. If you click on them they will enlarge.