But snow wasn't the only thing on the ground. There was a squirrel sitting close by, just watching me from behind the railings. On a whim, I turned to photograph it too, but it must have been suddenly camera shy. It took off as I snapped it.
Then the squirrel changed course. To my stunned delight, it came right up to my foot and looked up at me.
I was starting to draw a little crowd, as passers-by paused to giggle at the over-familiar squirrel. None of us expected what happened next. The squirrel climbed, not up the nearest tree, but up my left leg. To cries of 'Wow!' from a young lady watching, the creature arrived on my breast and peered inquisitively into the camera lens.
Unfortunately, the camera must have appeared very boring upon its inspection (or simply wasn't food after all), because the squirrel immediately darted across my chest and ran down my other leg.
As for the squirrel, it took off across the old Coventry Cathedral grounds in search of a new diversion.