Three inches of snow here this morning and still snowing. The snow plough has just been up and down the lane and the farmer has just gone off in his tractor to help our neighbour empty some of his slurry out of the tank and on to the fields. It is on days like this that he appreciates the outlay and a newer/more powerful tractor at the beginning of Winter.
I put out a tray of bits for the birds at eight o'clock this morning and by ten minutes past it had all disappeared. They are really desperate for food. In addition to the tray the farmer refills niger seed, mixed seed, sunflower hearts, peanuts and mealworms every day and by late afternoon they are all empty again. I suspect all wild animals are suffering, although the fox prints suggest that the foxes are out scouting for rabbits.
We had an old hen die a week ago and we put her out for the fox - she disappeared and on Saturday, when the syndicate were shooting the marshy field, the farmer noticed the remains there, so we assumed that the fox had taken it and had a meal off it (although it was a thin old thing).
Our schools are closed today because of the snow. Many of our rural schools have closed and children are bussed in to bigger ones which have remained open. On days like today the buses will be unable to get to the schools so it is best to close them in advance so that parents know.
On days like today it is a question of filling one's time with useful occupations. I am compiling another cryptic quiz for our local Nature Reserve, so there is that to type up trying various formats (knowing my computer skills that should take up a bit of time!) and there is always my Afghan blanket to crochet - that keeps me warm while I am doing it as well.
Poor Tess has such a job to walk in this depth of snow, she has to do it in leaps and bounds, but she doesn't seem to mind and comes in wet through but happy. What it is to be young!
I have to say that looking out of the window on to a white and silent world - it is very beautiful. The trouble is when it begins to go then it is just a mess. Keep warm.