On Sunday afternoon we went for a walk across nearby Berryhill Fields. We can walk here from home which is always a bonus when the roads are still icy. Up on our hill we are always the last to see the snow disappear.
The sun came out as we set off across the snow covered grass.
This little bird was enjoying hopping on and off the remains of a snowman. We think it is a female Lesser Whitethroat but please do tell me if that is wrong and what the sweet little bird might be.
Edit - Caroline from Ragged Robin blog has identified the little bird for me as a Stonechat. Thank you, I knew someone would know🐦
It was muddy as well as icy and you never knew how deep the mud was until you sank into the furrows.
Across the city to the hills of Cheshire. To the left, on the horizon you can just see the folly at the village of Mow Cop.
Tractors had been out making dirty tracks in the snow.
The sculpture of pit wheels commemorate those lost in an accident many years ago.
I love this tree, it looks perfect in all seasons. Winter trees have a strange beauty especially in ice and snow.
In the distance one man and his dog on the hill, otherwise it was just us.
The pond, which had been dry all summer was full again and completely iced over.
The sky started to change as we turned and headed towards home.
Lots of people and dog tracks in the snow.
We thought these tracks were probably made by a crow as there were quite a few of them about their black feathers standing out against the white of the snow.
By this time it was getting very cold.
We'd had the best of the day.
Now we are back in lockdown and I feel for those who have to go out to work, those who are worried about their children's education, teachers and support workers in the thick of it, shop and postal workers and all those on the front line who care for our health and safety. For us things won't change much, local walks, local Co-op shop and staying indoors. Keep warm and safe everyone.