When I awoke this morning the snow was still deep, but crisp and not so even. It had frozen overnight so was very crunchy under foot. My road is very quiet at night, but by 6.00 a.m. I'd heard four cars crunching their way, albeit very slowly, up the road.
Sitting watching the usual bird visitors, I was aware that a fox had been in the garden overnight - he'd left telltale footprints in the snow!
I swept the paved area that leads up to the garage and by this time the sun had come out. So - tools away!!
As the sun shone early this morning it lit up the snow-laden trees around me. This was much more the Magical Winter Wonderland than the dull skies of yesterday.
Having done some very necessary food shopping, and following a phone call from SPD (my daughter) we decided we'd head off for Boxhill . No sledge available but J had brought a plastic tray from home so.....
Starting out at the bottom of Box Hill
having slid down to the bottom..
We started are upward climb to find this view from about half way up
Still on our way up but beginning to slide...
and falling off the tea-tray :D
so Mum decides to help....
but J ended up in the same position - flat on his back
Finally, at the top J decided it was about time Mum did some sliding too so, with very little encouragement...
and a gentle but well meaning (I think!) push..
which ended in mixed success!!
Looking out at the world from the top (well almost the top!)
After all that exercise, it became necessary for a well earned snack at the cafe back down at base camp.
Having dropped my charges at home, I had a quick nip into Bushey Park. By now the sun had virtually disappeared and a great deal of snow had melted losing that magical quality.
The ponds were frozen solid, so the waterfowl were walking on water - or, more accurately, ice!
But, tomorrow the school reopens and SPD is on night duty. However, it's been a great two days, entirely unplanned, and great fun! Thanks SPD and J :D