For a week now they have been threatening snow, this usually ends with a smattering of flakes similar to the other day, however this morning we awoke to a white landscape with large snowflakes happily floating down hour after hour.
Naturally being Sunday many people remained indoors, I was one of them, but some have to be out and about and a few cars slowly slugged their way along the streets. Before the snow began cold rain had fallen and the gritter lorries work was being washed away. This meant the snow lay thus giving the moaning minnies an excuse to grumble that there were no gritter lorries on the roads.
Any excuse for a moan and usually with no idea of how to operate a gritter service.
Of course I don't have a car and don't need to go out.
Having decided to remain closeted beside the heater I ventured to open the window sufficiently to photograph the effect of the snow on bare tree branches. Apart from flurries in my face I took a few shots and returned about an hour later for more as the snow had thickened considerably in that time before beginning to thin out.
Thick snow meant many were indoors however the tailwaggers of this world were not inclined to sit by the fire like a cat would, the park was full of people being pulled along by dogs of various sizes, tails wagging, the dogs not the people, while they chased across the park delighting in the new experience and meeting their mates doing the same thing. Most dogs here appear to get on well. The owners, wrapped up like Nanook of the North,' followed obediently discussing hot Bovril and firesides.
Also to be seen were several children who had not experienced such an event before. It might be seven years since the last deep snow fall, I don't recall too much last year, and sleighs pulled by dad were enjoyed by many, but less so by dad who will now be grumbling about his bad back.
After a while it calmed down so I opened the wee window for air and returned to my important lazing around on the laptop and after a while i heard a clattering noise. At the window hang the bird feeders and a Robin had foolishly come through the small gap, deliberately small to stop this happening. I think he might be youngish and not experienced enough to avoid such things but there he was above the, closed, big window.
I tried gently to persuade him to venture towards the wee window but he remained determined to aim for the big one. This is not easy to open or close and I wished him to follow orders, he would not. Up on the curtains, on the wall, on books, papers and even when tired for a moment on my finger the scared and tired wee lad was constantly aiming for the high points and refusing to duck low and head for the wee window. Several times he could see it, and by this time I drew the curtains on the big window to stop him, but he could not comprehend that was the way out. Eventually I managed to get him trapped near the right window and forced him on to the windowsill. His escape was clear, the window was open wide, the air was cold and what to do now? He sat on the bar holding the window open and considered his options. Possibly he realised it was warmer inside?
He flew off, glad to escape and with adrenalin pumping.
A wise woman claims he sat on the bar rather than fly off because he was male, could this be true?
As always with a couple of inches of snow the roads are blocked, daft people crash cars, trains cease, runways are closed and the minnies moan about it in the usual fashion. A similar but weaker day will follow tomorrow I hear, a working day and many will find the roads slippy early on. I have food, heating, a laptop and the door firmly closed to notions of walking in snow.
I feel sorry for the birds in this weather and rather wished Robin had settled down until it was clear to fly again, he would have been well fed. However many birds sat through the storm, the starlings were constantly at the feeders today showing that few other options were open for them. You can just make out a wood pigeon sitting towards the top of this picture facing to the east into the snow as it falls. No hiding for the birds in this weather.
Soon of course it will be slush, then wet, floods here and there and more reason to grumble.
How often we faced this in Edinburgh? Yet today there was frost up there and no snow whatsoever! It is a disgrace that we get their snow, it belongs to them up north. I watched the game at Airdrie on BBC ALBA and by six in the evening as the game finished the BBC weather claimed the temperature was minus four! Colder than Moscow as the tabloids like to boast. It is merely zero here now.