Daniel took some aerial shots of the snow yesterday over the Boxhill Park Recreation Ground, with the Workhouse Estate to the right.
The pictures allows us to study the paths of the dog walkers.
Today I walked round the same recreation park, in the sun. In this picture Boxhill Road is in front, and the Workhouse Estate behind.
Beside Boxhill Road, a new line of fruit trees were added last autumn to replace some cherry trees that were thought to be diseased. There are apple trees (of various varieties), pear trees (Conference) and plum trees (Victoria). The pear trees (shown above) and plum trees are in full blossom.
It is easy for a non-expert to tell them apart thanks to the descriptive labels.
It does not appear, at this stage, that the blossom has suffered from the snowfall. This is plum blossom.
Just before 9 am this morning some barbers were already busy. Queues had formed outside those yet to re-open.
Pubs with gardens, like the Nags Head, were all prepared and have been taking bookings.
Pubs, non-essential shops, hairdressers, indoor gyms, and nail salons can all re-open from today under the easing of Covid lockdown restrictions.
Snow had been forecast but it was still a surprise to see it mid-April.
Flowers and plants huddled down to keep warm until the snow melted.
The Monday Market had all the stalls back again for the first time this year.
P.S. By noon, the sun was shining and the snow had melted.
Sunny weather came to Abingdon and it made for a much warmer walk by the River Ock.
I have started to see letters appearing for the Carswell School Easter Trail which runs during the holidays between Friday 2nd April– Sunday 18th April 2021. The letters will make a seasonal phrase.
There were quite a few people out enjoying the sunshine in the Albert Park.
Squirrels also seem to enjoy the sun.
This goose has settled down but with its 360 degrees vision is not going to be taken by surprise. I read on one blog that geese can see more colours than us. They have finer sensitivity to green to discriminate the tenderest green grass to nibble.
As the sun went down the stones of Abingdon Bridge took on a golden / honey colour.
Reflected in the water it was like liquid gold.
I walked on the other side of the River Thames with views back to St Helen’s Church, and saw a bunch of blue flowers growing all alone, near the trees. They could be Chinodoxia.
The sun set at about 5:45.
There was a little frost this morning at sunrise, but the sky was clear of cloud all day and so lots of people were out walking and enjoying the sunshine. It felt congested in places – with people and not cars.