Some of these are a little out of focus, sorry about that, it was cold and I was in a rush (to get the car sorted and get to work).
Our tree – looking like someone dusted it with icing sugar.
Our poor willow tree – small but feisty, looks so sad despite the natural decorations.
Couldn’t get this close-up (of one of the last remaining leaves on the willow) to work well – my hands were too shaky in the cold.
Nature’s natural Christmas decorations – frozen spider webs.
Spider webs up-close (sorry for the terrible photography).
It’s been a while since I bored you updated you on the state of the garden. Since you can’t see any of it due to the snow, I thought now was a good time!
We’ve had a couple of decent snow falls over the last week or so, the first didn’t melt before the second arrived, although the skies have finally cleared so we might be okay for the rest of the day. Here’s a long shot of the garden.
We bought a water tub / plant feature thing ages ago, it’s probably been in a few shots of the garden. We take no care of it at all, and each year it grows a few plants from the bulbs which somehow survive. We keep it mainly because the cats like drinking from it in the summer when the water is pretty clean. At the moment, it’s an ice cube.
Much like the surface of the canal near here, which is now solid ice (kids have been cycling on it) except for a couple of areas of free flowing water where all the birds are hanging around. Anyway, here’s two shots of our apple tree.
-5 celsius in Mansfield and -3 celsius in Nottingham (western edge). Pretty damn cold. Mansfield still has a lot of snow on the ground and any ungritted roads are really dangerous – the road down to our friends’ isn’t owned by the council yet and was slick with compacted snow and ice.
Made it in one piece though.
Gonna be a cold night.
Totally clear night last night (Saturday to Sunday, since technically I’m writing this on Monday morning), so it was always going to be cold. The frost this morning though was amazing. On the shed roof it looked a little like snow, but the grass and leaves on the ground looked like they’ve been coated in sugar.
Tried to get some shots, but not really pleased with how they came out. I’ve whacked a Picasa album up (including the shots of the snow we had recently) which you can see over here.
Here’s my favourite shot though (click for full size) and check out the album above for a couple more.
Why are they so evocative? Click the pictures for full size images. It snowed in Nottingham today, for about 15 minutes, really heavy wet snow which lay and then started to vanish almost as quickly as it had arrived.
Both cats are old hands with the whole snow thing so no sudden flurry of excitement from them, although Fizz did try and eat a few snowflakes as they fell on her.