Just one week ago it felt as if autumn was coming to an end - now it's official; winter is here!
Three days of heavy snow showers and low temperatures have transformed the browns and russets to dazzling white. The north and north east of Scotland have so far seen the heaviest falls (which is not in itself unusual) but it is pretty early for such heavy snowfall here.
Getting around has become something of a challenge on tiny rural roads, this is the lane outside our house
The whole land is sparkling under more than 45 centimetres of snow which just keeps on coming in great sweeping showers
The whole scene is very Christmas-like, but a month early!
If you want to go anywhere, first excavate your car.....