More of the same

Today’s guest picture is another from Dropscone’s Irish holiday.  As well as an interesting wall, he found an interesting house.

irish house

After more snow overnight, the first task of the day was to clear the path along our drive and go to the shops for some milk.  The path was cleared but the milk hadn’t got through to the shop so we just have to hope that there will be some there tomorrow.

The path clearing had the unhappy effect of bringing on the snow again and it then snowed on and off for the rest of the day, leaving us with nine inches by the evening.

As there was a brisk wind blowing and the snow is light and fluffy, it was sometimes hard to tell whether we were seeing snow falling or just blowing past the window.  Either way, it wasn’t a good day for watching the birds as the kitchen window was often covered with snowflakes.

Dropscone and Sandy braved the snow to come for coffee and as Dropscone brought some of his excellent treacle scones with him, we were all greatly cheered up.

After coffee, I cleared the path again and spotted a robin on the feeder…


…before making some soup for lunch.

There was a promise of occasional sunny spells in the afternoon so I was mentally prepared for a walk after lunch and when things lightened up, I put on my coat and shot out.

I sneaked across the unfinished dam bridge and saw that the dam itself was pretty well snowed up.

dam filled with snow

I had to run the gauntlet of some dangerous looking icicles on a gutter in Caroline Street…

icicles in caroline Street

…but after I passed, a resident was doing his best to knock them off with some well aimed snowballs.

There has not been a lot of driving about lately and you can see why.

snow covered car

Although the main roads are reasonably clear, the advice is not to drive unless it is absolutely necessary.  Because we get so little snow, it is hard to be prepared for it when it comes and also unreasonably expensive to get all the gear suitable for snow and ice which you might then use for perhaps only three days over two years.

Fifty years ago, lots of people, including us,  had chains for their car tyres because it snowed a lot more and cars were trickier to drive but I doubt if anyone still has them now.  Many of the problems on our roads come from the fact that so many businesses operate on a ‘just in time’ basis and in effect have mobile storage depots on motorways.  It only takes one sliding articulated lorry to block a road. Mind you, optimistic and inexperienced car drivers don’t help either.

It was reasonably clear when I started my walk….

Langholm bridge

…but by the time that I had crossed the bridge, far from the sun coming out, it had started to snow again.

Langholm bridge

I plodded on, making heavy weather of the deep snow but not tempted to to take a rest on this bench.

kilngreen bench

When I needed a breather, there was always something to look at.

kilngreen trees

It was a lot easier when I had some car tracks to walk in along the Lodge walks.

Lodge walks in snow


When the snow stopped and the tops of the hills came into view, I was interested to see that the wind was so strong  that it looked as though the higher up the hill you went, the less snow there was.  I could see a hint of green on the summit of Timpen.

Timpen in snow

The trees were very neatly outlined.

snowy bare tree

The gas canisters were the only spot of colour on my walk but there were many good patterns.

snow shots

There is a lot of ice on the edges of the river but it doesn’t look as though it will be anywhere near cold enough for the whole river to ice up.

esk with ice

I certainly hope so.

I crossed the Duchess Bridge which looked quite handsome in the snow…

duchess bridge

…and this was more than could be said of the view from the middle of the bridge as it had started snowing heavily again as soon as I stepped onto it.

view from duchess bridge

As it was mostly buried under the snow, there had not been much in the way of lichens or moss to look at on my walk but the wall at the Scholars’ Field had small piece of iced moss on display.


Once again, I was interested to see how different the moss looks from a distance and in close up.

When I got home, I cleared the snow from on top of and around our car which is parked up the road a bit during the bridge repair works.  As a kind passer by noted, this may have been a bit of a Sisyphean task and it started snowing again not long after I had finished.  I also cleared the path along our drive and that was soon covered up again.

snowy path

With a forecast of more snow showers tomorrow, a continual 25 mile per hour wind and the temperature at or about freezing all day,  I may have a busy drive clearing day in front of me.  Still, it keeps me occupied which must be a good thing.  And on the plus side, the snow is the easiest shovelling snow that I can ever remember meeting.

As the alert reader will have realised, we didn’t go to Edinburgh to see Matilda today, even though it was a Thursday.   Honestly, as superior newspaper columnists tend to ask on these occasions, what is wrong with us?  Two flakes of snow and the whole country shuts down.  Get a grip Britain!  But we are old and cautious these days.

The individual flying bird was not easily found in the whirling snow and poor light and strong winds make them unwilling to hover if they can avoid it so an ensemble piece will have to do.

busy feeder



Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

37 thoughts on “More of the same

  1. Excellent ‘ensemble piece’! You have got a lot more snow than we have, though ours is enough to have to do a risk assessment before stepping out.

  2. What a lot of snow you’ve had today! I hope your shop gets it’s delivery. We are nearly out of milk but haven’t been able to get to our nearest town because of drifts. I think your photo of the outlined tree is superb!

  3. There are so many lovely snowy pics but the Duchess Bridge one is particularly good. I don’t think you need to be old and cautious to avoid travelling in those conditions — just sensible.

  4. The snow is beautiful and will remain so longer if no one is driving in it. But I hope you can get milk soon. I love the Duchess Bridge too. And the birds.

  5. It is interesting to compare attitudes to snow now with those of 50 years ago. Hats off to my local not-for-profit cinema this evening. Four of us turned up to see ‘The Post’ (excellent film!) on the smaller of the two screens, and none for ‘My Left Foot’ on the larger. Twice the number of staff and volunteers as punters. I had to ‘abandon,’ as they say, my car at the end of my road. It hadn’t the traction to get up the hill.

  6. Here is what I told Quercus when he wrote about the storm: As Mainers, we take snowstorms in stride but we take them seriously. We stay off the road unless we have no choice, and we always stock up on supplies before the snow comes. We have learned this through long years of dealing with storms that often deliver over a foot of snow. Your pictures are so lovely and illustrate that while winter is hard, it is also beautiful.

  7. The snow makes for beautiful pictures, but also treacherous conditions under the right circumstances. It’s not to be taken lightly, as Laurie Graves mentioned.

    I have snow tires on the front of my front-wheel drive car, all-season tires on the back, and one and sometimes two twenty-pound sacks of kitty litter riding in the trunk. I live in a semi-rural area, and the hill I live on has a reputation during the winter as being “a hill people love to hate”. The road is hilly and curvy too.

    1. A recent improvement to our main road put a rather steeper hill in than there was before to avoid an area liable to landslips and this hill has caught a good few people out on icy and snowy days.

  8. It’s quite amusing to read of the trials and tribulations of other who aren’t used to dealing with the amount of snow that you’ve gotten. I have to admit that 9 inches in two days would begin to slow things down around here, but hardly to the degree that you’re enduring. No milk in the store is unbelievable to me, but I suppose that it happens more often than I think.

  9. You’re wise to sit tight. Sounds like a good time to overdose on crosswords and good books, and if the Kangoo is tucked safely off site, you don’t even really have a reason to shovel the drive. Maybe it will melt before you get to it! Re. no milk in the store: it’s surprising how quickly the stores here run out if the Trans-Canada is closed and they don’t get their daily deliveries. Lovely shot of the snowy gate.

    1. Our corner shop had a little notice today saying firmly “No panic buying.” As our newspaper having been arriving by newspaper boy every morning, we are managing to keep quite calm.

  10. Nine inches would see us slowing down but it wouldn’t stop us because the plows would keep things opened up. I can’t imagine how we would get along if they didn’t. Probably just as you are.
    It is almost always hard to walk in but I hope it stays as easy to shovel as it was today.
    It was beautiful though, and that often makes everything else seem easier here.

  11. The cautious person doesn’t spend 18 hours sitting in their car on a blocked road peeing into a bottle. Definitely weather for taking a walk and some lovely photos.

  12. You certainly turned your snowy weather into some lovely photos. The shot of the robin at the feeder and the Dutchess Bridge are two favorites. Good to stay stocked up for dicey weather. I don’t think any of us has seen a winter like this in a long time.

  13. Beautiful wintry photos capturing all that’s wonderful about snow. I know there’s lots of hardship to endure when there’s so much snow and bitterly cold winds but we are fortunate that it doesn’t last weeks like in some parts of the world. I’m enjoying it whilst I can even though our pipes are frozen!

      1. Thanks for reading. It has been jolly cold here and sadly missing the picturesque views that you have of this wintry weather. Snow around us has been very limited indeed. We are just hoping for the temperature to rise this weekend for all UK!

  14. I’m quite liking this snow for its dry and powdery quality, so much nicer than the normal snow we get. However, a couple of days is enough, and I’d like to get back to spring now.

    In the old days, and when I lived in the middle of nowhere and didn’t bother about taste, milk was never a problem – a couple of bottles of sterilised milk kept in reserve always ensured we had milk. 🙂

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