We were VERY excited to wake up to snow this morning.  School was cancelled and it looked like it was going to be difficult to get a car out.  These are a few pics from our walk down the lane.  It was so quiet!  The only sounds were the crump of snow as we walked, and the sound of snowflakes hitting my hood.

It was the first time our dogs had seen snow.  Ziggy was a leaping gazelle.  Ruby was a snowplough, adopting the straight-through-and low-to-the-ground approach.  They both came back caked in little snowballs, and Ruby had white eye-brows, moustache and goatee.

I love the shape of this tree; the angular black twigginess contrasted with soft snow:

Below is the ‘orchard’ and ‘meadow’!  (See previous post Folly alert! The meadow experiment.)  My wildflower pluglets are under there somewhere:And this is the ‘rose garden’ (See previous post, Mouth-wateringly fruity roses). The leaf-buds have been unfurling in the last week, but they will be fine.  I love the cappuccino froth on the table and the pots:

I have cleared the snow from the bird feeders a few times.  A blackbird has been guarding the apple and fat-balls.  The long-tailed tits dart in but are too chicken to challenge.  Over on the other feeder, a chaffinch, robin, great tits, blue tits and goldfinches are taking turns quite nicely.

I do wonder how these tiny little birds survive the cold when we have to come in for hot chocolate after half an hour.

And finally, here is Eric.  We didn’t have a carrot for his nose, so he has a gherkin.  He looks nice enough in the first picture, but is there a slightly wicked glint in his eye in the second?


30 Comments Add yours

  1. We are hoping for that kind of snow tomorrow! Fingers crossed! Enjoy the lovely soft quietness that comes with snow. 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      Oh, I hope you get some too! It is a magical quiet, isn’t it?

  2. Sharon says:

    Beautiful photos of your snow day. We have about a centimetre of now here in west London

    1. Ali says:

      I was sooo excited to get more!!! We had 9”! I know, because we stuck a ruler in! 😂

  3. annpappas says:

    It looks so pretty – winter wonderland!

    1. Ali says:

      It is, Ann. It transforms everything.

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Yes, the quietness of snow. We had our big fall in mid-December. It was very beautiful, but we’ve had enough winter now, so please don’t let your snow out of Kent.

    1. Ali says:

      Ok. Will try to hold on to it, Tish.

  5. Cathy says:

    Our dog loves the snow too and ploughs through it with her nose and then rolls in it! (And eats it!) Looks like it was a fun day, and quite a novelty for Kent, isn’t it? 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      That’s so sweet! Love dogs’ funny behaviours when they encounter snow! Yes, it is four years since the last good snow, so a real treat!

  6. bcparkison says:

    And a beautiful snow it is. enjoy…..but you can keep it. lol

  7. fredgardener says:

    Lovely photos Ali ! We expect this snow on Thursday here but not so much….your children seem to be very happy!

    1. Ali says:

      A day off school and a good snow is guaranteed to bring happiness!

  8. Jodi says:

    Yahooooo! Fun and beautiful!

  9. That’s am impressive amount of snow! Beautiful, though it’s nice to be viewing it from the vantage point of the equator, with temps bobbing between 60 and 85 F. :)) enjoy the bounty, and do people make snow icecream any more, or is the snow toxic?!!!

    1. Ali says:

      No, the snow isn’t toxic! I don’t know about making snow ice cream, but Ziggy ate all the snowballs that were clinging to his paws!

      1. i remember – from long ago – scooping the fresh pure snow into a stainless-steel mixing bowl; inside, mix with milk (or cream!) vanilla flavoring – and i think we used powdered sugar.. very simple, all by hand… i think if i were making it today, i’d dump the ingredients in a blender, add some freeze-dried coffee and make a ‘batido de cafe=milkshake —- or add chocolate to that as well!

      2. Ali says:

        Ooh. That sounds tempting! Might nip out for some snow!

  10. Gerkin, now that’s an idea. You made a three ball snowman. We did a two ball one. Not sure why we have two types.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes. That wasn’t my design decision! There are some more competent snowman engineers in our household.

      1. I would suggest you have genius!

  11. Laura says:

    Fun photos. Enjoy the snow 🙂

  12. Janice says:

    Great scenes of fresh snow!

    1. Ali says:

      And we’re off again! It is coming down heavily again!

      1. Janice says:

        We woke up to snow this morning and it’s been falling off and on all day…we did have a stretch of melt…

  13. Wow Ali– these photos are magical!! We live in So. California, no snow here. I’m just thankful for a little needed rain this morning!! You live in a beautiful place!

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you, Rhonda! I’ve heard California is pretty nice too! 😄 It’s hard to imagine sunshiny warmth right now!

  14. Rupali says:

    Lovely images Alison.

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