Wednesday, November 30, 2016

First snow








We woke to a light dusting of snow yesterday, the first snow of the season. I went out to the backyard very early, before making breakfast and helping the children get ready for school, to look around and take a few pictures. The hens were awake and they watched me walking around the yard. They were cold, nearly silent and mostly still, standing on one leg at a time while waiting for their breakfast.

I was cold too. We've been having much colder than average temperatures this week, which looks to continue into next week too. It's hard to believe that we started November with warm, almost balmy weather, and now it's ending in a wintry way. You can see our warm autumn, though, in the way some of the leaves are still green. There are even still a few geranium flowers, in spite of our new sub-freezing nights. It's their last hurrah, for sure, so I've been savoring the sight of them on the patio. Yesterday, their leaves were little star-shaped cups of snow.

Flurries fell throughout yesterday morning. The sun hid; an icy wind blew. This morning, it's frigidly cold but the sun is bright. Things have changed out there. The backyard looks different, already a bit less green. The trees across the arroyo, which glowed golden last week, now wear just a few brittle, brown leaves. The mountain peaks are delicately frosted today, white lace against a crystalline sky.

19 comments:

  1. We're waking to a blanket of white too at the moment, though ours is frost rather than snow. We had snow a couple of weeks ago though, very early for us. I hope it doesn't mean it's going to be a harsh winter.

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  2. We had our first snow a couple of weeks ago and have been having very cold, frosty mornings this week. Last winter was very mild but it might be very different this year. Anyway, weather like this always makes for cosy days at home and I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. I am jealous! I love winter, and snow in particular. This year I walk to work a lot, so I am leary of slippery sidewalks.

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  4. You're lucky to have had some snow.. neat images.. my favorite is the Nandina berries with the snow.. so pretty. Enjoy it.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. No snow here, oh wouldn't it be lovely if we have a white Christmas... xx

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  6. It's snowing here this morning too. It's our second snowfall of the season and I think it will melt tomorrow but our November seems to be much like yours was. Very warm for most of the month but the past week has been cold. I must admit I really like the warmer weather though. Your photos are pretty Jennifer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Very frosty here in the UK today, but no snow in Berkshire yet - I have my fingers crossed for some, now that I no longer have to do the school run. Your garden looks beautiful with its white coating and I love the idea of your hens hopping from one foot to the other. Our chucks were staying put inside today but I managed to tempt them out briefly for some left over mashed potato - warmed up in the microwave just for them! xx

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  8. Chilly here too, but as Veggie Mummy says no snow yet. It didn't defrost at all today which is unusual for this part of the world. I am clutching a hot water bottle as I type. Wishing you a good weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  9. We had a tiny skiff of snow early this morning, but now it's just raining and too warm for it to stick around. I love the snow! I wish it would hurry up!

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  10. Can you believe still no snow here in northern IL? We have a chance of some wet snow showers tonight, but nothing that will stick. I definitely felt the cold though today when I was out shopping and felt that whipping wind going through the parking lot!

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  11. Beautiful! We have had a few snowfalls, but it has warmed up again, too much, and it has all melted. So warm and so unlike November for us. Enjoy the snow, I always find when it falls this time of year it is so magical :)

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  12. Everything looks so beautiful with a light dusting of snow. Your words are as lovely as your pictures Jennifer. Enjoy the change of season.

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  13. I love your fourth photo especially. This plant seems to be a symbol of winter.

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  14. No snow for us in the East of England so far, but the last couple of mornings we've woken up to frostiness, so DD1 has worn her Timberland boots to school, changing into her regular shoes once she gets there, as they're warmer and give a better grip walking downhill to the train station. I remember my hens when it was frosty or snowy giving me 'it's cold' looks. I made them porridge/oatmeal (made with water) when it was particularly cold, which they seemed to like!

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  15. No snow as yet and I am hoping that will stay the same, we have had some frosty mornings. The temperatures are certainly dropping.

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  16. I was only just thinking that it's cold enough for snow. We haven't had any yet, but this winter looks like it might be a snowy one.

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  17. Wow, winter has really arrived for you! It's been very cold here lately with beautiful, thick frosts, but no snow. But the cold sunny weather - I just love it and I am guessing you do too. x

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