Today our garden is very white. About a foot of snow has fallen overnight.
There are hardly any cars in the road.
The birds are hungry. I did venture out to put extra bird food down, although I forgot to thaw the water. Otherwise I stayed indoors and baked bread, cooked jackets potatoes for lunch and warming red cabbage for dinner.
Ironically today is Candlemas, the Christianised version of the pagan festival Imolc, which mark the return of light and warmth to the land - or perhaps the hope that they will. Candlemas is a fixed date, but the date of Imolc is decided by movements in the sky. This year it will be on the 4th February. Brigid or Bride is associated with the day as is her Christian counterpart St Brigid in some parts.