How the weather can change from one day to the other. When I started to hug the bed yesterday evening it was a quiet evening and everything under control. When I took my first look at the outside world this morning I was confronted with this white stuff everywhere, almost everywhere, but mainly in the garden.
And then I got the accompanying acoustics of an ambulance travelling from the hospital over the river and the noise of the snow ploughs. The sparrows literally pounced on the bread pieces I prepared this morning as if their last chance of food. Everything is different.
In the meanwhile there is a magpie sitting in a tree diving for some bread in between and the crow has arrived to find breakfast.
I saw that temperatures today would be a few degrees higher so suspected that we might get some snow. It is not such a frozen mass and I am sure that the roads will be clear when I eventually make my way to the store.
I got my new car in the last few days of December, a belated Christmas gift, I never thought I would hit the road again in my advanced years, but never give up I say. This new car has no key, but the modern development is a button. Just press the button in the car an you have ignition. Even the door opens automatically, just grip the door opener, there is a click and everything opens, even the car boot, but is this foolproof. I asked the guy at the garage and he said that I am the only one with the key and it is enough to have it in my pocket and the signal is set for the car. I think it is all WiFi or something similar. I read a report in the BBC News this morning that the car thieves are already developing their systems to open such cars by computerised methods. Some thieves just cannot leave it alone.
Otherwise I occupied myself with baking a Swiss apple tart in the afternoon. I have apples left from my tree and they are still ideal for a desert. I keep them outside now on the porch where they are sheltered and stay in good condition. As they are near the house walls there is no great danger of freezing.
And now to prepare for my safari to the shops. First of all I will take a walk with my vacuum cleaner and mop through the appartment. I now hear the sound of traffic moving on the nearby road and it seems that everything is flowing as normal, so it is only my garden and surroundings that is showing a white coat. Now I can hear the village church bells ringing but have no idea why. Perhaps it is just a bell practice and they are far too jolly for a funeral.
Needless to say I will not be making any excursions this afternoon, too much snow around and it might even begin to rain. Have a good beginning to the week and remember, it can only get better. It is now snowing outside, but very small flakes bordering on something more wet I hope. Looks like the trees in the front garden will get another layer of snow.