Friday, 18 December 2009

First Snow

I've had a few days away, walking and birdwatching on the Dee estuary. The photo above is of a female kestrel which we came across hunting on what used to be the foreshore. Throughout the 19th century and for the first couple of decades of the 20th, the place in the photo was beach, and old pictures show kids building sandcastles here. But now instead of sand there is a very extensive and mature saltmarsh, full of life. Amazing how quickly plants move in and change a landscape.
When we got back, we found a few centimetres of snow had fallen. Not being southern softies, this did not cause the "chaos" it did in the south east, and after doing the shopping we went out for a walk in the late afternoon sunshine. This is the old railway line, now a bridleway and footpath.
And here is the scene beside the river (our shadows are bottom left!). A nice afternoon.

Not sure when I will get back to the garden, the soil will be frozen for a while now so instead I will finish the seed order and planning for next year.
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