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Foxes In February

Yet again I have been very lazy about winter gardening.  I keep the birds fed and watered, and check on the patio plants, but tend to leave everything else just to get on with things.

It is nice to keep seeing our foxy visitors through the window.  Harry took a short video this morning and I have a couple of snapshots from it.  These foxes were living in the vacant house next door, and passers by even saw them looking out the front window.  The authorities were informed and the foxes can just have to make do with the gardens now.  These 3 Foxes In February look very relaxed in the garden.  I haven’t seen any pheasants this year and it is probably down to this lot prowling about looking for some dinner.

fox on the patio
3 foxes in the garden

It has been snowing on and off over the last few days and has been very cold.  It got down to about -22 C in Braemar last night.  Only a balmy -7C in Edinburgh!  As Harry is working from home during this covid lockdown, he can easily help keep the pond from fully freezing, and  I don’t have to muck about clearing snow from the patio in order to feed and water the birds.  There isn’t as much snow this year as there was in the winter of 2010/11 and it should thaw fairly quickly.  I get cold very easily and am so looking forward to some warmer, dryer weather to have a potter round the garden and seeing how all the bulbs are doing.   The ground hasn’t been dry for months – if it hasn’t been raining – it has been drizzling and I can bet that some weeds have been thriving despite freezing temperatures and wet.

Feb 2021 snow in the garden from the upstairs window

That winter of 2010/11…

Goodness it just kept on snowing that winter and we are usually pretty sheltered here.  I was stuck in the house for days on end.  Harry was constantly digging the snow away so that he could get to work and he helped me keep a path clear on the patio in order to feed and water the birds.  Even letting the dog out during the day was a problem as the doors open outwards and the snow was in the way.  It does look great though and I love that sound of absolute silence when the snow is falling slowly and heavily with huge snowflakes..