The snow has come back.
View from our kitchen window yesterday looking out onto the sheltered side of the house:
Not a great deal, only about three or four inches but it was steady and determined. For a week or so we had a thaw with higher temperatures which meant that I could get out into the garden and catch up on a few jobs I had not managed to do before I left for Paris. Like draining the hose pipe, now thawed out, reeling it up and putting it away, and beginning to rake the leaves from the paths. I did not like to sweep them up when it was colder because of all the beasties taking cover underneath them which would have been disturbed. But once I felt it was warm enough for them to move to new homes I raked several paths. And I was right, of course! The visible creatures comprised worms of various sizes and colours including tiny baby ones, snails and spiders, and I think I managed to make suitable piles of leaves in good places for them to live out the rest of the winter. I saw several birds looking very interested in where I had swept so the animals I had missed because they were too small for me to see, made several birds very happy. I suppose that is some kind of compromise.
It then grew very cold again so I am glad I managed to get it done when I did.
Our kitchen is quite low down, we live on a steep hillside, so this one window looks up the hill to our boundary wall and out into the yard (for American readers this is a small paved area which is more utility than garden, somewhere for the dustbins, shoe scrapers etc): we have another kitchen window which looks out over the orchard so that not all our views are enclosed. Since this particular view is always rather confined and a little dark I have decided to leave the Christmas star lights up in this one place until the weather improves, and the days lengthen, whatever the customs of 12th night decree.
They look so cheering during the day and now that it has snowed again they look even lovelier against the white covering outside.
River of Stones – today’s pebble: “Snowy dumplings on triangles of green ivy: nature serves up another winter’s banquet”.