Saturday, March 23, 2013

What a difference a year makes

March 23. This is looking from Skip south towards Rammel Hill. Wamphray did not get the severe snow experienced by the west of Dumfries and Galloway yesterday, or even what came down last weekend. Small comfort, as the fierce cold wind made it unpleasant to be out and about today. Quite different to one year ago, see here.

 These crocuses in the garden are trying to put a brave face on it!

My first clump of daffodils are thinking about flowering, but do not seem convinced that spring is here yet!

I held the camera close by when I was working last week to see if my acrobatic pheasant would get up to his tricks again. Not only does he think he's a coal tit, but here he is complaining that the feeders are empty.

Since he seems to have adopted me, perhaps I should give him a name? How does 'Big Boy' sound?

Photos © Skip Cottage

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Forecast 'showers'

I do keep my eyes on the weather forecasts these days, especially if I plan to travel anywhere in my wee car. The Met Office website which I follow had this for today, "Mostly cloudy today with scattered showers, these falling as snow over hills and down to low levels at first this morning."

So when the snow began this morning I was a little surprised, the flakes being almost saucer sized. I figured that it wouldn't last, but changed my plans anyway. It's good being able to make the decision not to drive, when one doesn't have to.

An hour later, still snowing. This is what passes as a 'scattered shower' in Wamphray. I'm not sure I want to be here if the Met Office ever forecasts really bad weather!

It was just past noon when I took this photo, and by one o'clock there was more that 7 cm, or nearly 3 inches, of snow in the garden

You have to admit, it IS pretty!

This crow seemed to be playing in the snow. There are lots of crows locally, but they don't seem to come into the garden much. Perhaps they don't like crowds - I counted more than thirty birds around the feeders at the same time this morning.

PS I see the Met Office now has a yellow warning out for more snow later today and tomorrow. More? Batten down the hatches.

I guess it's all my fault. I contemplated taking the snow shovel out of the car yesterday evening, after I had tried to catch a photo of this weak rainbow. Annandale weather is nothing if not 'changeable'. Mind you, I feel for friends who are already at the lambing this month.

Pix © Skip Cottage

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Early March Sunshine

When I've been working out in the garden recently, I've had the company of this noisy, and industrious, blackie. He finally managed to hold still for me while I took his photo!

Another frequent visitor to the garden recently! It was rather funny when he tried to be a blue tit, and perched on top of the feeder! On another occasion he sat on top of the wall - then promptly fell off.

All together now, with pace:

'I'm not a pheasant plucker
I'm a pheasant plucker's son,
And I'm only plucking pheasants
Til the pheasant plucker comes.'

That was a really nice spell of weather for ten days or more. This is my favourite tree, on one of my regular walks near Skip.

I had a day down in the Lake District recently, read here. There was a time in my adrenaline junkie years when this might have been me paragliding from the slopes of Skiddaw. It looked great fun!

Pix © Skip Cottage