Last year we had it. We had a proper winter. The biggest I have experienced since I came to the UK 14 years ago. Why am I writing about the Beast from the East only now? Well, the past 12 months have been very busy. I worked full time in HR and opening the computer on return home was the last thing I could think of. At the weekends, on the other hand, I preferred to spend time outdoors and also had to catch up with everything else I was not able to do during the week. Now, I have some time to myself. I am currently on annual leave, waiting for the arrival of my baby due to come on the 10 March. See you soon baby!
So, looking back just before the Beast from the East hit us, we went on a trip up north. We stayed in Tomintoul, visited Newtonmore and on the way back visited Loch Garten. The ancient Caledonian pine forest stretches along the loch. The day was absolutely gorgeous. It felt like spring. Here is a picture.
A week later, I felt like I was on a different planet. In fact, I did not think that I would ever experience a proper winter in Scotland. Living where we live, in the countryside, I felt blessed. I was able to work from home and enjoy the snow. Having grown up in Poland, I am used to proper winters. And luckily, I can bake bread. There was a couple of days when going to the shops was out of the question. The wildlife was not having the best time though. Once the roads were manageable (in a 4 wheeled drive) we took a drive and spotted a barn owl searching for food at midday. Normally, you only see them at night time. It was extremely busy on the feeders in our garden. Goldfinches came back, there was a flock of long-tailed tits. There was a bullfinch. Blue tits, cold tits, great tits, chaffinches and sparrows, they were all there. Even the blackbirds who don’t normally go near the feeders were eating peanuts.
Here is a photo showing birds on the feeders
And here is a short video where it looks like it will never stop snowing!