Saturday, 19 December 2009

Snow brings snipe

The snow that dumped on mid and west Kent yesterday finally landed on us overnight, just in time for the weekend, yay! Time to get out those sledges that have been mouldering in the garage for years unused.
An early visitor to the garden was a snipe, dibbling about in the clear soil under the pergola. This must be one of the warmer areas of the south east at the moment, with unfrozen soil.
It then proceeded to have a nap - not a particularly sensible strategy in a suburban garden, but the poor thing is probably exhausted.
There was a lovely atmosphere in the village, as the lack of cars and the dampening effect of the snow gave an eerie silence.
Thanks to the milkman, who struggled to deliver the milk. At this point he was clearing the snow from the road in front, to give himself some grip.
On the beach, the relatively rare sight of snow down to the water.
In this black-and-white world, it was sad to see gulls with oil on their feathers.


Greenie said...

Steve ,
So you finally got some .
Like the shots , especially the snoozing Snipe .

Warren Baker said...

Wow! Snipe in the garden, that is well cool!

It may be a quiet black and white world in kingsdown, but here every bugger who owns a dog has decided to take it for a walk round my patch! I think even people who dont own a dog have borrowed one, just so they can have a pretence of walking out in the snow!

jen said...

Beautiful pictures! Love the napping snipe!

Ian & Sheila said...

I live in Osborne Rd and had another or the same snipe!

Anonymous said...

I've seen snipe in our neck of the woods too but not in recent years. They're so distinct with those long bills.

Your snow images are lovely.

Kingsdowner said...

Thanks for the comments all; the snipe awoke, had another dibble about and flew off, possibly to Ian/Sheila's garden nearby.

NW Nature Nut said...

The snow is so pretty and pristine when it is fresh. I love the "village" scene. It's very much as I imagine your quaint area to be. Milkman and all.

Kingsdowner said...

Ar, we be very quaint in these parts!