On Friday most of Britain saw the first real snow of the winter. The snow was heaviest in south Wales and in the south and midlands. Wirral being on the coast tends usually not to get too much snow but Friday saw a few centimeters fall across the whole of the peninsula as well.
Our normal weekend dog walk in Storeton Woods gave us the opportunity to walk through this black and white world. During the morning a fine sleety snow had started to fall which gave a further very fine dusting on the trees.
Lots of families with young children were out enjoying the snow safely wrapped up against the cold but someone had lost their tiger hat which a passerby had thoughtfully placed on the sign at one of the entrances to the woods …
In many areas the snow was melting and the wet saturated ground meant there were pools of icy dark water.
In the fields between the woods and Storeton village the farmers were rounding up the sheep from the snowy grazing land to take them to another field or maybe even to market.
The snow had enveloped all the plants of the woods with a thick blanket of white fluffy snow.
And the trees were all painted with a white dressing of snow on their windward side.
Not many birds were out, I manged to see a colourful Jay in Hancocks Wood but it was too elusive to capture a picture. But I did get to see a Robin redbreast on a green tree in amongst the woods.
Many interesting features were dusted in snow on our walk today.
In a few weeks the winter will have passed and the bare branches will start to see buds forming and bursting open to reveal their leaves to soak up the coming summer’s sunshine, but they will be barren for a few more weeks yet.
I wonder what weather we will have in 2013…