When the storm coming north from Portugal, that has been named Emma, met the mass of cold air from Siberia, which was called The Beast from the East, we all knew we were in for a bad few days. They met in the English Channel so the south coast of England got the worst of this lot, before it moved northwards, on Thursday.
Down here in the south west of England we hardly have any snow, usually just a sprinkling, the last time we had snow like this was the winter of 2010/11. Then we had 10 inches, this time a mere 7 inches.
We were told that we had freezing rain overnight. The rain starts falling then meets a frozen surface when it immediately turns to ice, this is what happened to my windows. It also meant that when it fell to the ground it made a thick layer of ice on top of the snow which made walking in it very difficult, even just to the bird feeders to top up their food.
While all this was going on, I had to keep the feeders filled for the birds and they came in droves, all varieties, frantically feeding. I had to refill the feeders three times.
I then put a load of sunflower hearts onto the snow for the birds which prefer to eat from down below and soon had some visitors from Russia!
Each winter we get migrants from the north east, usually from Russia and Scandinavia. These birds fly west to us to overwinter in our milder winters, they brought the snow with them this time!
The thaw started last night, but it is now freezing once more so it will be like an ice rink outside, thank goodness I filled the feeders up last night just as it was going dark, I can stay safely inside until it warms up a bit more.
Of course this means that there is not a snowdrop to be seen, nor a hellebore or any of the other flowers that had been making such a lovely display in the garden a few days ago. I’ll just have to wait and see what has survived when the snow finally goes. Is your garden under snow or is it happily flowering away?
PS. I’ve just discovered my central heating boiler isn’t working!!!