Winter in London

If you followed this blog last year, you probably saw the posts about Spring, Summer and Autumn in London.  To complete the set, here are some photos of Winter in London.

The flowers from those other seasonal posts have gone.  Regent’s Park in January is a bleaker place of muddy football pitches, bare branches, and pruned rosebushes.

bare twigs

But there are signs of life.  The first flower to bloom at this time of year is the snowdrop, and I found a few in a quiet, untrampled spot near the Royal College of Physicians.

snowdrop

Meanwhile, inside the park, the grey squirrels were looking for food…

grey squirrel on tree

…and getting fat when they found it.

grey squirrel eating

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Aw, that lonely snowdrop 🙂

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    1. Expat Eye says:

      And that ginormous squirrel! 🙂

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      1. The “flightless partridge” as it’s referred to in the culinary world. A North London butcher close to where I lived used to sell them as a “sustainable meat” option.

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          1. Why? Many meats other than beef, pork, chicken, turkey and lamb taste absolutely fine. This is just a cultural aversion, I’m guessing. Unless you’ve tried it and you really didn’t like it…

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          2. Expat Eye says:

            No, they’re just so cute!

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          3. I much prefer the little brown ones that are indigenous to Europe. The bloody Western Greys are killing them 😦 Not their fault, I know…

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          4. Expat Eye says:

            You should eat more of them 😉

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          5. In a nice stew with dumplings…. yum! Latvians would approve.

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          6. Expat Eye says:

            And some dill 😉 Shitloads of dill 😉

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          7. Not sure that goes…!

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          8. Expat Eye says:

            Latvians make it go 😉 Throw in some curds and you’re laughing 😉 Or smiling a little…

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      2. Karolyn Cooper says:

        It was huge. But still agile enough to get up the tree, so who am I to criticize?

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        1. Expat Eye says:

          Yep, that’s more than I could do!

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  2. Karolyn Cooper says:

    Absolutely – red squirrels are the real beauties. I know there are some in County Down and Northumberland, so I will try to find some later this year.
    I’ve just come in from a fancy French restaurant after a meal of scallops and venison, so I’m open to eating most things!

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  3. pilipala51 says:

    I haven’t spotted a snowdrop here yet and they grow all around me.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I look forward to seeing your photos when the snowdrops finally appear.

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  4. Beautiful! We also spent a few days in London over the northern winter before heading to Dublin for Christmas with the in-laws. I fell in love with London all over again. Your photos are stunning 🙂

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  5. londonslant says:

    These herons are fascinating. The RSPB sometimes have telescopes here to watch them. Great post. Thx

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you – I will look out for RSPB people with telescopes next time. It would be interesting to see up into the nests. I don’t know why your note about herons appeared below this post about squirrels, but it’s good to get your comment anyway!

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