The sky was dark and cloudy. It was a cold afternoon. Already the snow was falling. Small flakes drifted slowly across the street. Soon the gardens were covered. They looked like great white blankets. Cars drove slowly. Their wheels made no noise. You could not see the path to our house. The flower-beds were like wedding cakes. A bird hopped quickly over one of them. His feet left little arrows. The water in the birdbath was frozen hard. Winter had begun again.