The first snow of this winter came yesterday; soggy wet snow that melted a bit then froze solid overnight. It wasn’t much, not even enough to cover the grass on the lawns but just enough to turn surfaces icy.
Yesterday was also Christmas tree collecting day, harvested in a mixture of rain, sleet and hail. As it was being put in place today, a tiny black and red ladybird appeared, presumably woken by the relative warmth of the room. It may be black and have four red marks on its back but it seems most likely to be a two-spot ladybird. It is more commonly seen with two black spots on a red background but apparently it is very variable with black more common further north. Where it went in the end we are not sure!