More snow?!

We had more snow overnight, and although it stopped during the morning, the forecast was for snow from about lunchtime.

Instead of steps in the garden, it looks like we have a very steep slope heading up to the grass!

More finches and blackbirds have been flocking to the nearby feeders again – there was some food scattered on the ground, plus the seeds that have been knocked out of the feeders by the pigeons.


“Blackbirds don’t visit bird tables or seed feeders”…. unless it’s very, very, very cold (-1C today, but it’s meant to feel like -7C with the windchill).


I’m not sure how much seed he managed to get out, but at least one Blackbird spotted the walnut cake that was in the garden and decided that made a tastier (and easier) meal.

The snow might have been unexpected for the wildlife, but it did make some unusual patterns on the rooftops as it was blown about in the high winds.


Happy Meteorological Spring!

Today is the start of Meteorological Spring…. so of course we have some perfectly spring-like weather here today. Yes, that’s right, it was snowing most of the day!

The strong winds blew the snow off the road at this point, even creating a mini snow drift on the junction.

Ignore the reflection of the street light (I wasn’t going to open the window to take the photo without looking through the glass!), but this was the snow this evening.

The birds have been flocking to the feeders, so hopefully they are tucked up somewhere warm and dry for the night!


It’s snowing!

It’s been a few years since we had some decent snow to try taking photos of, so I couldn’t resist trying out some photos today.

I did attempt to focus the camera on the snow itself – that was a lot more challenging than I’d anticipated!

In the end I went for a general view, with plenty of snow falling across it. It makes you feel chilly just looking at it!


Snowdrop gift box

Following on from Snap! here’s the second gift box I purchased in the Lush Christmas sale – Snowdrop. This one didn’t have a tag (nor a price), so I just went on what the little sticky label on the base told me about the contents.

Because the packaging label was missing (there were lots of boxes in store, but none had any labels), all I knew is that it contained Snowcloud soap, and Dream Cream. The staff member in store told me it was a “small pot” so I’d assumed it was 100g, as that’s the smallest size I’ve seen for sale on the Lush site), but it’s actually a 45g pot.

The gift box was beautifully wrapped, and was approximately £12 full price (so about £6 in the sale). It contains a Snowcloud soap and a 45g pot of Dream Cream.

Opening the box, it was clear that something was rather greasy – the ingredients label was somewhat wet. Picking up the Snowcloud soap, it was clear this was where the greasiness had come from, as all the packaging pieces were stuck to it.

I know that some of the soaps can ‘leak’ oils, especially if they’re stored somewhere warm, and this is what I’m assuming has happened to the Snowcloud soap.

As with the Snap! gift box, Snowdrop gift box not something I would recommend, especially if it was full price! I’d much rather purchase the items individually, as then I know for certain the amount of each product that I’m getting, and also the quality.


Snap! Gift box

I don’t normally buy gift boxes from Lush, but in the sale (which incidentally was not online this year, but in-store only) they didn’t have any individual items left that I was after, so I bought a couple of the half price gift boxes instead.

Snap! is normally £16.50 (£8.25 in the sale), and contains Christmas Cracker bubble bar, Rocket Science bath bomb, and a Whoosh! shower jelly.

I love the citrus scent of the Christmas Cracker, and I’ve previously used Whoosh! so I knew I would get on with those. Opening the box, the Rocket Science bath bomb had shed everywhere – it wasn’t broken, but the base is a very crumbly texture, so each time it moved (if the box was tipped, or moved) a bit more sheds.

On to the shower jelly, which I know is usually a very wobbly consistency, but this one has definitely got a problem….

….it looks rather runny on the top doesn’t it? I thought I’d test it out to see just how much liquid there was in the pot, so I tipped it onto the lid….

….I stopped before all the liquid had drained off, as below the jelly in the pot there was even more liquid at the base!

So I really wouldn’t recommend this gift box, as it would appear the quality of the items aren’t what you would expect from an expensive Lush product.



I was able to exchange the runny Whoosh! shower jelly store, but my opinion of the gift box still stands – given that the box is sealed, you have no way of checking the quality of the contents until it’s opened.

Since when do Pigeons eat berries?

Normally you’d expect to see blackbirds eating the berries, but this morning there were two pigeons tucking in! The berries must be a great delicacy though, as the branches aren’t really that easy for such a large bird to sit on and they looked somewhat uncomfortable.

Obviously that particular branch was now cleared of berries, as he launched himself onto the next branch across.

Then instead of sitting lower down where the berries were easier to reach, he headed straight for the very top, swaying about in the breeze.


Stunning Sunset and Cawing Crows

This particular location tends to be a good place to spot some fantastic sunsets. There were no real reddy hues, but the sunset was a bright yellowy gold instead.

I could hear the crows flying over, and had a feeling they were heading to their favourite trees. Most of them were already perched on a branch when I got there, but suddenly they all started cawing and took off, apparently bickering over which crow got to perch on which branch!




Boisterous Buzzards

I hadn’t heard the Buzzards for a while, so when I heard one calling, I grabbed my camera to see if I could spot it.

I wasn’t too sure if the crow was chasing the Buzzard, or if the Buzzard was trying to chase the crow, but after they disappeared from view, three Buzzards started circling, as if the first one had brought in reinforcements!




Most of the Buzzards I’ve seen look the same colouring, but one of these three looked paler than the others….

Unfortunately that one didn’t want to co-operate and fly any closer so I could get a clearer photo!