During the past two weeks snowdrops have appeared in growing numbers beneath hedgerows, in woodlands and on the verges beside the bridle way. They will be with us for the next few weeks.
What joy these small flowers brings at this time of the year! With remarkable resilience the snowdrop forces its way through frozen earth, through matted ivies, nettles, decaying leaves and fallen branches to produce a carpet of pure white.
Two days ago we woke to discover that the landscape had been transformed overnight. Fields, trees and buildings were covered with a blanket of snow – the first of the winter – creating a hushed, fairyland scene.
The photographs were taken looking out through the kitchen window.
The snow on the patio furniture provides an indication of the depth of the snowfall.
It has been a most unusual winter so far: lots of rain, lots of wind, a succession of damaging storms, but on Sunday morning we woke to discover everywhere covered by a picturesque blanket of snow. ‘ Is this the beginning of winter?’ we asked..
Jackdaws and crows retreated to the highest branches of trees and looked down in disgust.
A bemused blackbird peered over the roof top.