Yesterday we decided to walk at the RSPB's Coombes Valley Nature Reserve. I realised as we were walking round, slipping in the ice and snow that not only was it Easter Monday but it was also April Fool's Day! I decided that mother nature was playing a great April fool's joke on us by turning Spring back into bitter Winter. I took lots of photos! Photos that I would have been quite happy to be taking in December or January but in April?
Here are just a few of the photos I took as we walked around
As you can see the snow was melting back up on the hill
I love the green moss covering the stones from the broken down wall
I think they call these 'squeeze' stiles for obvious reasons!
I slipped on one of these steps, luckily it wasn't too far to slip down, in an ungainly plop, as I ended up sitting on one of the steps. I didn't hurt myself, thank goodness!
Snow on the ground and bare trees in April!
No chance of a sit down, but then no matter, it was too cold to linger anywhere for very long
The old cottage by the pool looked cold and desolate apparently redstarts nest in its walls in late spring and summer.
We struggled in the snow up Buzzard Bank - little sprinkles of snow were falling as we walked.
No buzzards of course, who'd be out in this weather except us? We were rewarded by the most beautiful view though.