The First Day Of Spring..

A red weather warning. >95% chance heavy snow.

Wind chill -12C. 41mph gusts.

Hello Storm Emma.

Yes I know it’s worse in Canada. But this is SW England. We’re softies right?



Keep warm!


2018-03-01T19:07:25+00:00March 1st, 2018|Tags: |


  1. womanwalkingblog March 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Love this picture. Ceri

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ceri, gosh it was cold out there!

  2. Ali March 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    They have their own bobble hats and scarves! This delights me.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      They do. It didn’t stop them clamouring to get back inside though. Or was that me? 😉

  3. Pauline March 1, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    What a day it’s been! even worse tonight they say. Stay safe and warm Jessica!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      We had a bit more snow but the wind was more of the feature today, howling up the valley. I’ve decided I don’t want to go to Siberia. Ever.

  4. Julieanne March 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Love the scarf-covered ducks! It was -7 here this morning at 9am. Now up to -3 – oooh err!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      By the morning it is supposed to be back in positive territory down here. What a difference that will make!

  5. FlowerAlley March 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Cute x 4

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply


  6. pollymacleod March 1, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    I love the photo of the tiny Robin, it’s beautiful. And your ducks look cute in their lovely scarves and hat. Yes we are softies, we’re just not used to it. I have to make an effort to take the dogs out then I hunker down for the rest of the day!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      We ventured outside briefly this morning to take some photos in the snow but it didn’t last long. The wind was absolutely bitter.

  7. Brian Skeys March 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    The ducks look well cared for.☃️

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      They have more scarves between them than I do.

  8. Lindsay March 1, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    In actuality, you have worse weather than in Canada right now, not even joking. We had a thaw last week and it’s been spring weather since and we have ZERO snow, it’s so odd. It’s definitely an unusual winter. Having said that, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Not surprised at all. Lol!

    Hang in there!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Worse than Canada? In that case I can feel absolutely justified in retreating to the warmth of the fire and refusing to move! Spring will happen soon, for both of us.

  9. Cortney March 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I feel for you all! We are used to this gross kind of heavy, wet, oppressive snow here in the Northern US (and so are our plants), but what awful timing for all of you! Stay warm and I very much hope the damage isn’t too bad once it clears off.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      There are quite a few plants looking a bit sad at the moment. The coldest temperatures came before the snow, so nothing to keep them insulated against the worst of the wind. I fear there may be more losses than usual this year. Hey ho. Such is gardening.

  10. germac4 March 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    So it looks like you are a few weeks off any Spring gardening….. Stay warm & love your ducks!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      I really need to get out there Gerrie. Not just because there is so much to do but to revive a flagging spirit!

  11. jkitt750 March 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    The foul (not fowl, ducky) weather makes me appreciate the warm days of spring even more.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      This is very true. When it comes it will be glorious and over far too quickly. Spring is my favourite season.

  12. Torrington Tina March 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I love their hats and scarves, have you been busy today? We have some drifts around the house so I’m not sure we will be going very far for a day or two. You stay warm and safe, too.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      It doesn’t take long to knock up a titsy witsy scarf! We haven’t even ventured to the top of the hill. Judging by the sound of the wind there must be many drifts around. Not too many here, in the shelter of the valley, but the frost has been wicked. Wonder how Rosemoor fared.

  13. Kris P March 1, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Aww…So glad you gave the ducks warm scarfs! I hope the storm isn’t as awful as expected.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      It has pretty much petered out now. I fear for some of the plants. It will teach me not to push the boundaries I suppose.

  14. wherefivevalleysmeet March 1, 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    So sweet – I love the fact that you have considered your rusty ducks who have to spend the night outside in a red weather warning zone!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      There’s only been one other red warning that I remember down here and that was for rain. Snow is really unusual. I’m sure we got off lightly, it could have been an awful lot worse.

  15. susurrus March 1, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what’s cuter, the robin or the ducks!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      The robin without a doubt! I’ve been trying to make sure they get a share of the bird seed. The big bullies have been conspiring to keep the smaller birds out.

  16. Cheryl West March 2, 2018 at 1:44 am - Reply

    The robin looks cheerful as always and It is very nice to see the ducks dressed for the weather. Stay warm yourselves and I hope your spring blooms are safely blanketed by the snow.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Sadly the worst temperatures came before the snow so I’m worried about what I will find when it all finally melts. Hopefully there is time for things to reshoot. Last year the killing frost came in May, much worse!

  17. Beth @ PlantPostings March 2, 2018 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Cute! All our snow has melted here in the area near Chicago (I’m about 200 km NW of Chicago). It is feeling very springy, and the Snowdrops are blooming, which is a little early for us. Next will be the Crocuses and Daffodils. Not much snow in the forecast, and many of our migratory birds are returning early. Strange weather patterns. The snow is pretty, though. Take care!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Oh don’t, I can’t wait for Spring! Last week it looked as though it was coming here too, the Siberian blast has changed all that. I’ve heard geese flying over, they must be wishing they’d booked a later week.

  18. Caro March 2, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    LOL! Where would we be if the weather in UK was predictable – It would leave us with less to write about! Glad to see you’ve kept busy making warm weather protection for the rusty ducks. Hope it’ll all be over soon for you, snow is pretty but a royal pain in my book. Stay warm!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      It is a right royal pain, especially if you live on a hill miles from anywhere. As long as we have power we’ll be OK for a few days. Plenty in the fridge. And plenty of jobs around the house!

  19. Sam March 2, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Ha ha, brilliant! We have disappointing lack of snow here – heavy snow was forecast for this morning but it’s freezing rain instead. Keep warm and safe, Jessica.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      The freezing rain doesn’t sound like such a good alternative, especially for the plants. I shall be glad when the temperature starts to lift. It really does feel like Siberia. Or at least the far north of Norway, which is the nearest I’ve got!

  20. Rosie March 2, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Great photo of the suitably attired Rusty Ducks, Stay safe and warm:)

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie, you too!

  21. Charles March 2, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Snowed in, cut off, isolated…in front of log burner, lots of food ample wine, enjoying the quiet. Thankful that this part of Somerset still has power and internet. We were supposed to be visiting my step son but decided our visit was not vital. Hence we are not stuck in snow on the motorway or the A303. Imagine having to go to work and then getting stuck, some bosses I have known would take your absence as a personal affront. Fortunately those days are behind me.

    Love the ducks, they look very snug.

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      It’s a good feeling, not having to go out. And it sounds as though you are settling in very comfortably. At least if we lose power there will still be somewhere to chill the wine. Until the white stuff turns to rain, which it is supposed to do. Have a good weekend. Keep away from the news.

  22. derrickjknight March 2, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    We love the scarfs

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply


  23. Susan Garrett March 2, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Love the image! The ionly weather that counts is where you are!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      True. And it has stopped snowing, the wind has dropped. I hope it’s the same ‘Oop North’!

  24. Ali March 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous robin!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      He is! My constant garden companion. The bad weather brings out the worst in them though. Lots of fights today. Sigh.

  25. offtheedgegardening March 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Brilliant x

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply


  26. Christina March 2, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I hope your snow as all gone now; ours was washed away by the rain this morning; but 5 days of white was enough for me. Love the scarves and hats for you ducks/geese

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      The rain is in hot pursuit so hopefully it won’t be five days here. I’m just itching to get outside. It’s Spring for heavens sake. My beautiful mutabilis was just throwing out new shoots and now looks rather droopy 🙁

  27. Heyjude March 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Hahaha… so cute!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      That’s runner ducks, I’ve always loved them. Too many foxes, otherwise I’d have real ones.

  28. Sarah Shoesmith March 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Poor things… get those ducks inside! I hope you’re managing to stay warm. I didn’t know it was possible to wear so many thermals at once!

    • Jessica March 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      It has been so cold, but perhaps this will be winter’s last blast? We’ve got through a few logs this month that’s for sure. Will have to send chainsaw man out for another tree.

  29. CherryPie March 3, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

    HaHa 🙂 I love your ducks.

    Somebody forgot to tell the weather that it is spring!!!

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Absolutely. Even though the temperature has risen it still feels very cold out.

  30. bittster March 3, 2018 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Hang in there! Hopefully the Arctic will be wanting its air back soon enough.

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      It is welcome to have it back right now!

  31. bitaboutbritain March 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Loved that shot. If I ruled the world, every day would be the first day of spring..?

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Well I would vote for you Mike. Could you just make sure that the first day of Spring is a warm, sunny day?

  32. hb March 5, 2018 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Stylish ducks, great photo! Stay warm yourself.

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Log fires every night.. the wood pile is going down horrifically fast. Thanks Hoov.

  33. Sue C. March 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Fabulous photos. Can’t say I’m sorry to see it gone, hoping to catch up a bit in the garden now.

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Indeed. We just need it to dry out a bit now don’t we?

  34. aberdeen gardening March 5, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I want those rusty ducks.

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      I tried to get more but I don’t think they’re made now, sadly. They were allowed out only briefly before returning to their winter abode. Hopefully with TLC I can keep them going a few more years yet.

  35. Sarah March 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Glad your ducks were wrapped up for the winter weather! Sarah x

    • Jessica March 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      They needed it, it was absolutely bitter out there. Quickest photo I’ve ever taken. With Mike holding an umbrella over the camera to keep the snow off!

  36. Jacqueline Mumford March 6, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

    We are pretty hopeless in the snowy weather aren’t we Jessica ? Love your rusty ducks !!! XXXX

    • Jessica March 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      We are, it’s embarrassing isn’t it. I know it’s not worth investing in snow clearing equipment etc. for the UK, but we do go into panic mode far too easily. Back in the day we had several dumps of snow every year and everyone just carried on regardless. It’s called winter!

  37. denisebydesignsgooglemailcom March 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    We were cut off for 3 days! Fortunately I had supplies in!

    • Jessica March 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Yikes. I’ve seen the photos of your snow, much more than down here in the south! Like you we stocked up, plenty of wine and logs for the fire!

  38. Anna March 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Oooooh ……. brrrrrrrrrrr…….. I hope that those lovely ducks have been able to take their hats and scarves off. It sounded as if there was a fair but of snow in your neck of the woods. We escaped lightly on the Costa del Merseyside although it was definitely on the nippy side.

    • Jessica March 6, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Yes, very cold here too but not as much snow as was forecast thank goodness. I dare say we could have got out if we chose to.. but the log fire was cosier!

  39. Dean March 19, 2018 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Great photo. We did get a lot of snow here as the ‘Beast from the East’ returned in earnest last night, and it seems for one night only! Hopefully some warmer weather is on the way now.

    • Jessica March 19, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Hi Dean.
      Yes I’m more than ready for some springtime warmth. Can’t believe the clocks are going forward next weekend and we’re still under snow!

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