Well, it's snowed here at Fradley for 3 days on and off.
Which makes it such a beautiful landscape, all nice and clean with all this white stuff.
The canal didn't seem to have that much ice on it, so we decided to risk it and get to the tap - the tap which Dave has been monitoring every day, morning and evening, making sure it's ever so slightly on, so as not to freeze up (like water tap no.2 next to it). He told the continuous moorer, the first boat past the water point, what he was trying to do, as some "helpful" soul had been turning it off, and thankfully, it remained usable and unfrozen when we came to use it.
The ice was quite a bit thicker than we thought, but as we only had a few yards to go through the thick bits, we persevered, and thankfully reached the tap. As you can see, there isn't any ice from the taps and around the junction.
Unfortunately, Nemo cat WILL NOT go outside. He does not like the snow one little bit. We keep throwing him out the front door, but he just runs round to his cat flap at the back in again. So that's something else we now have to cart from shop to boat - cat litter.
The wood opposite looks magical with the snow. Lots of owls about, but no good for trying to get a photo. Same for the fox we saw last night, I did try taking a photo, but it just came out as a black blob in the wood as the light was fading.
We put the feeders up as soon as we arrived here, and the local birds are very grateful, although the robins seem to spend most of their time chasing each other off, rather than just getting on with eating. I hope you've got your feeders up! I know most of you won't carry bird seed around with you, but crushed up cornflakes, the odd raisin, porrage oats, bit of the old Atora suet, fruit, even an old apple core thrown at the base of a tree will provide great sustenance to our little birdies.
Birds on the feeder blog coming soon! (We had a pair of spotted woodpeckers today, but someone came past & frightened them off before I could whip out the camera).
A big buzzard opposite. No doubt eyeing up the birdies on the feeders!