Days at home due to the snow concentrate the mind into doing the festive 'need to do' jobs you've been putting off, like writing Christmas Cards.
We now have a pile of them to post and hopefully tomorrow we can don our hats, warm coats and wellies and walk down to the post office to send them on their way.
Whilst I was sitting at the kitchen table writing the last few cards, held back to put letters or notes inside, Paul made Welsh Cakes and they were delicious with afternoon tea whilst watching a silly but entertaining Christmas film.
This morning we woke to another fall of snow. Paths were cleared to the bird feeders which needed topping up ready for the cold weather ahead.
The garden looks wonderful in the snow and it's so quiet and peaceful too under its fluffy white blanket.
No animal or human footprints as yet.
First bird at the ground feeder is old Mr Blackbird with his white feathery neck markings, he's been in and around our garden for a few years now and entertains us with his melodies in Spring. I hope he makes it into next year.
Next to the feeder is the fearless one legged Robin. He or she does have a second leg which hangs loosely under their body. It often comes close to the kitchen window and stares in as if to say 'come on! you are late with those breakfast buggy nibbles this morning.' Perhaps he/she would like a side order of meal worms too.
When the Goldfiches come in every perch on the feeders is taken and the one in the middle starts to form an orderly queue for a perch to get at the sunflower hearts which the finches around here seem to prefer to niger seed.
The next visitors were a pair of Greenfinches.
and a Chaffinch, it's definitely a Finch day today.
Of course there are also Starlings.
Who fight to get to the window feeder
Another Robin peering to see what is left after the Starlings have visited. Most of these photos were taken through the conservatory windows which had steamed up slightly due to me ironing......
Later this afternoon I'll sit with a good festive book, I can't say what it is as I've bought a copy (mine is from the library) as a present and I know the person who is to receive it reads this blog. In complete contrast I also have a book on my Kindle called 'One Summer in Tuscany' by Domenica De Rosa who as Elly Griffiths writes the wonderful murder mysteries set in Norfolk featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway and the equally entertaining Stephens and Mephisto novels set in 1950s Brighton.
This novel is a departure from those mentioned above and is more romance/humour in the vein of Judy Astley and Trisha Ashley but it is an escape to sunnier climes which compensates for the snow outside and it is about a creative writing course held in a castle near Sienna.
Staying in on snow days isn't so bad but I will be glad if we can get out and about again tomorrow.