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first snow

November 30, 2010

A few days ago, it began as a powdering on the hills.

The standing stone in a nearby field was transformed into an Easter Island statue, with the bonfire blaze of the notafagi behind it.

The dogs were delighted by the first snow of the season, as dogs always are.

In the woods, the bracken was dusted with icing sugar.

Our wee lochan is frozen over again: it seems no time at all since it was frozen solid from December to March last winter.

More snow on Friday night gave us enough for toboganning in the garden on Saturday. We were not the only creatures to have been there: a pheasant has left his distinctive tracks across the garden path. ‘He went thataway!’ The arrows mislead the pursuer, pointing away from the route of the bird.

One little crab apple glows bravely against the snow, determined that it is really still the end of autumn and not  – as all the evidence of the weather would suggest – the beginning of another winter.

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  1. November 30, 2010 1:57 pm

    We’ve got snow here in London too, but not half as magical looking. Never realised that about pheasant tracks before, how very deceptive. And I love the glow of that apple, really does look as though it is lit from within. Can’t quite believe that we have slid into another winter!

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      November 30, 2010 5:23 pm

      Neither can I – we are all feeling slightly bewildered, I think. The snow here – after one weekend – is almost as deep as last January, and we thought it was remarkable then. I love London in the snow when it’s fresh. It looks so romantic. Not so much when it turns to grey slush in the morning commute though. We’re relying on you for some lovely snowy pictures of London before that happens!

  2. November 30, 2010 3:18 pm

    Great photos! I wish I had a standing stone nearby. I’d take such good care of it.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      November 30, 2010 5:24 pm

      There are quite a few solitary standing stones in this area. Were they just boundary stones, or something more significant? We’ll never know. I really like them though.

  3. Vivian permalink
    November 30, 2010 8:43 pm

    Lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing!

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      November 30, 2010 10:06 pm

      My pleasure, thank you.

  4. December 4, 2010 10:27 pm

    Remarkable pictures, and you have a standing stone too!!! No snow of any significance yet over here. Thbder along with snow is not all that rare here – I remember one day some years ago driving in a snowstorm in Halifax and just as I reached one of the tallest hills in town, crowned by an intersection a huge pink bolt of lightning struck the road right in front of my car – Zeus spoke indeed!
    Hope you are soon all sorted out and mobile again, but the snow makes your park look so lovely.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      December 5, 2010 11:53 pm

      Thank you, Janet. That ‘thunderbolt’ sounds quite terrifying – and very memorable. For us it is a real rarity to have a snowstorm with thunder, in fact none of us have encountered it before. I think – as Violet Sky in Ontario has been complaining – that we have got your winter!


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