A walk around Kingsdown wood produced a firecrest and a goldcrest in a party of long-tailed tits. They have survived this long, and - as the thaw seems to have started -they will hopefully hang on.
There has been a noticeable arrival of redwings around the village, which is unusual as they are rarely seen here; even more unusual was a report of a fieldfare feeding on berries in a garden.
In my own garden, the male blackcap continues to rule the roost, although I've now spread the feeders around the garden so more birds can benefit from the food. Another unusual visitor was a green woodpecker, seeking out a rare patch of green grass.
The amount of snow was surprising for this corner of Kent, which rarely gets more than a dusting. The greatest threat to communications was, as usual, the wind which blew the snow from the fields into the roads, prompting BBC reports that residents in the Deal and Sandwich area were virtually cut off from the rest of the county.
It's tough down south.
Fortunately the community spirit was strong, and we've had a social time - but before the ice melted from the roads, I took a spectacular tumble..... so I'm a bit thaw - boom boom!