Winter at last

After more than a month with temperatures on steady +6 degrees, and when the Christmas holiday if described with a lyric was closer to “green, green grass of home” than “dreaming of a white Christmas”, winter finally arrived last week. And this time, it seems to be staying for a while.

Our nearby lake quickly froze and a light powdery snow did not prevent the true enthusiasts to go cross-country skating after just a few days’ ice. Ourselves, we wanted to be on the safe side and were looking forward to the weekend, but by then more snow had spoiled the fun. Extreme +42° C for those playing the Australian open and extreme -42° C in the northern part of Sweden might show that something is happening to the climate.

Frozen lake

Three skaters

A pale sunshine and some light snowflakes in the air while walking along the lake to the feeding station, provided by Roffe. to fill up the containers with seeds and nuts. Just knowing that the daylight has increased by 1 hr 14 min since winter solstice is revitalizing in itself.

Pale sun

The blackbird, yellow-hammers and tree sparrows seem eagerly waiting for the lunch to be served

Blackbird

Yellow-hammer 2014

Eurasian tree sparrow

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