January 31, 2017

End of January: Robins (and snow)

The trees have been full of robins lately.

There were probably 30 of them flying around together.
I think they stopped here to polish off the remaining apples and crabapples on my neighbor's trees.

I was hoping to find a good collective noun for a group of robins.
Alas, nothing but a "flock," although one site suggested a "round."  

Meanwhile, the garden beds and yard are still full of snow.
These pictures were taken a few weeks ago.
I am going the lazy way and not taking new ones, because frankly, it all still looks the same.
(Okay, plus the 4 more inches of snow we got today.)

Back bed.

Ornamental plum.

I think there's some garden terraces under there.....maybe. 
Picture's a bit blue--guess I should have waited for more sunlight!

Raspberry patch and shed bed.
Plus the soccer goal that got left out. Oops.

Apple tree covered up to its lowest branches.

Front yard.
There are some bushes somewhere under there on the left, but they've disappeared.

On the plus side, I recently learned another recipe for snow ice cream.
(Some other versions found here.)

Snow Ice Cream

10 C. fresh, clean snow
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate sauce, candy, sprinkles, or other toppings as desired.

Mix all together and enjoy!

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Nothing like some snow ice cream to cool down your spring fever!
At least, that's what I keep telling myself...

Other End of the Month views can be found at The Patient Gardener.


  1. Goodness that is a lot of snow. I can't believe you really make ice cream out if snow, although it is obvious really

    1. We've got to do something with the snow! :) My kids are thrilled and wouldn't mind it lasting for months. I--on the other hand--am quite ready for spring, thank you!

  2. Goodness, what a lot of snow! I'm ready for spring, and we haven't even had a bad winter....yet. Thanks for sharing. Karen

    1. Yes, we are snowed in! I guess it's a good thing I like to read. :)

  3. Hi. Love the snow - it's a long time since we had any in S.W. England. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I look forward to seeing more of your garden

    1. Thanks, Sue! Glad you stopped by to say hello!