Very early this morning we woke to this beautiful scene.
Heavy snow fell through the early hours, covering our village (and most of the UK) in a white blanket.
I don’t like snow. Yes it’s pretty to look at, but for me the novelty soon wears off.
The roofing to the walk-in chicken runs need attention, well, they need completely replacing to be fair and weight bearing snow really didn’t help matters, but we managed to clear most of it off the sheeting before it turns to ice and completely buckles the structures. This all took quite a bit of time today and our toes and fingers were really throbbing. The chickens were very suspicious of the snow and dull white sky, choosing to spend time inside the coops, sulking.
However, at least one member of the garden smallholding enjoyed it…..
She loved every moment of the snow, she’s sprawled out on the sofa snoring now.
We visited one of our favourite places to walk yesterday, a chance to give our dog a good run and sniffing adventure before the anticipated storm arrived to knock our socks off. It was also a great opportunity to take some photos of beautiful Browns Wood at this magical time of year.
It was a perfect autumnal day and the woods offered plenty of beautiful subjects to photograph. Glowing Field Maple leaves caught my attention, the exotic colour highlighted further by sunlight streaming down onto the tree branches from above.
Looking around at the ground I often find things of interest, like this forgotten tree stump covered in a thick coat of Ivy.
Dried teasel line a long path, separating the new section of woodland from the field beyond. Long grasses sway in the wind, wildflower seed heads rattle eerily, scattering seeds everywhere.
Deeper into the ancient woods, light struggled to filter through from above, creating dramatic light, colour and long shadows.
Exiting the ancient woods, dark and dramatic shadows greet the light from the fields beyond.
Heavy rain fell overnight and it appears our location escaped the damaging wind. Looking at news reports today, others were not so lucky with gusts of up to 105 mph, trees coming down, flooding and loss of power.