Sweet Robin in the Snow

It’s a good job that I got back from London when I did as the next day it snowed, and heavily. Snow can be so disruptive, and the left-behind ice on the pavements so difficult, not to mention dangerous, to walk on, but I do love a snow day! It was fortunate that I didn’t have to go anywhere.

Snow evokes happy memories for me growing up in Suffolk where we seemed to get bitterly cold winters – blame it on those Siberian winds from the East – with not just snow but blizzards. Once we had so much snow that the weight of it caused our back door to fly open. I can remember when I was about 10 and the bus not turning up one afternoon after school and my brother and I having to walk home the 2 miles across fields knee-deep in snow. Mum didn’t seem too unduly concerned when we showed up wet, freezing cold and about 2 hours later than usual. Those were the days…

I remember my oldest son when he was little, in his little red boots and snow suit, sitting in a sledge being pulled by our dog Bonnie in the snow just outside our house but when he was 3 years old we moved to California. Growing up there, together with his brother and sister who were born there, snow didn’t fall where we lived. They were always slightly miffed that they didn’t get to miss school due to ‘snow days’ like the lucky kids who lived on the East Coast. We did of course ‘go to the snow’ up in the mountains taking snowboards and sleds but that was different.

So, when we moved back to the UK you can just imagine their delight that first winter when we looked out our windows and saw actual falling snow right on our doorstep! Our 2 cats had never seen snow in all their years (we brought them back with us from California) and it was a delight to watch them as we let them out in the garden to play in the peculiar white stuff, batting at the strange ‘spiders’ falling from the sky. I will never forget the children’s faces when I was at long last able to say to them the next morning, ‘No school, you’ve got your snow day!’ Delight all around.

Which brings me back to this ‘snow day’ and who should I see hopping about in the garden again but our robin! From now on I will call him (or her?) Sweet Robin. Throwing on boots and a coat I crept about in the falling snow for a little while trying to get a few good shots of him and he was very cooperative I have to say. A few on the ground, then some on snow-filled pots and then the grand finale up by the bird feeder. He cocked his head a few times and I swear he even winked at me once or twice. Perhaps I should have called this blog ‘Me and my Robin’ as it seems I am totally obsessed with him.

Sweet Robin in the Snow (c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

Sweet Robin in the Snow
(c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri is a writer with work published in print magazines, anthologies and online. As a young British mum of three, she emigrated to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country, a full-time carer within her family. Her current WIP after completing her memoir is a psychological thriller.
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8 Responses to Sweet Robin in the Snow

  1. mike xx says:

    Looking forward to hearing more about Sweet Robin!


  2. mumblypeg says:

    mumblypeg says

    Your robin is a real star. Keep up the news! I heard on Winterwatch that if there are two robins in your garden at the same time they are almost certainly male and female, otherwise they would be fighting males arguing over territory. It would be great if “yours” raised a family. here’s hoping! x


    • sherrimatt says:

      Very interesting Mumblypeg, thanks for that and for your great comments. Definitely seen a pair of robins once or twice (no fighting!). Sweet Robin in particular sees off the blue tits and the sparrows too. He is a little star 🙂


  3. Tish says:

    I’ve found you now! Lovely to hear about your fat robin and also the fox. As for the camera, all I will say is normally………..


    • sherrimatt says:

      Found me you did Tish! Well done…great to hear your lovely comments, thank you for all your support. And as for the camera, perhaps I should do an entire chapter entitled “Normally” – could make for great reading 🙂


  4. daffy says:

    I adore the Robin. (Capital R!) I think of them as the Garden Manager, they seem to have a silent ability to control the behaviour of all the other birds. The naughty tits don’t seem as naughty when the Robin is about. I loved your memories of snow back in the day. I was just telling my son (22) this morning who was driving me to work, (I hate driving in the snow even though my car is very capable, the driver most ertainly isn’t so we car share at snowy times) about the times when my brother and I would be building igloos against the infant school walls using the 9 ft drifts! I also remember how we would stay out for hours and when we did go home I would be so cold I cried and my Mam, (I’m from up North) would sit on my feet to warm them through. Happy Days.
    I am looking forward to see how your relationship develops with your Robin. I remember my Grandad telling me about a Robin that used to sit on his spade when he was busy digging in the allotment. Prime position to snag the fat juicy worms! 🙂


    • sherrimatt says:

      Thanks Daffy for sharing this comment with me and your ‘snow’ memories back in the day. We are obviously from that same generation who, as children, played outdoors all day long no matter what the weather! Robins (capital R noted :-)) What a lovely story about your Grandad and his Robin. I hope to have many more about Sweet Robin!


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