Friday, 9 February 2018

Let it Snow!



On Tuesday morning I was awake early. I haven't been sleeping well this week so at 5.30am I crept downstairs, being careful not to disturb anyone. I remembered the overnight weather forecast had been for snow, so I excitedly peered through the blinds in anticipation of at least seeing a light covering of the white stuff over the garden, only to be bitterly disappointed - nothing, not one flake! Complaining and grumbling to myself (a bit like a small child) about it not being fair, I tip-toed into the kitchen to make coffee. Not quite resigned to having a snow free day I kept checking through the window - still nothing. Thinking back now, I'm surprised I wasn't stamping my feet in indignation, that's how let down I felt.
I finished my drink and set about my usual morning routine, when I happened to glance towards the outside light, and there they were, a few very light flakes, but yes, it was definitely snowing! I tried to contain my excitement as I have been here so many times before, a few promising flakes which come to nothing. It wasn't settling on the path, only on the grass, so as the  forecast had been for light snow maybe this was all we could expect, and I was at least grateful the roads were OK for the morning school run.
It wasn't long before Lily was awake and we busied ourselves with breakfast, making up lunch and school preparations, although once Lily realised it was snowing her nose was firmly pushed up against the window. It was still dark outside so it was difficult to see what the weather had in store for the day. At times it looked as though the snow had stopped, only for it to then start falling even thicker and faster than before.
It was definitely a hat, scarf and gloves morning, and in the light of day, as we set off for school the heavy grey sky gave a clear indication that the snow would be falling for a good while longer. The children were buzzing with excitement and with the promise of going out to play immediately after morning assembly, it promised to be a fun day for them.



Determined not to miss out myself, as soon as I returned home I put on my waterproof trousers and boots and set off for a walk. The housework would wait, not knowing how long it would be sticking around for I was instead going to indulge my love of snow. The roads and lanes were quiet - the snowfall muffling any sound and there was very little in the way of traffic, except for some quad bikes delivering hay to the sheep and the creaking of the snow beneath my boots. The snow was still falling and I had to keep shaking it from my hat and jacket. There is something quite magical about a snow covered landscape and while I took some photographs on the narrow lane, the world suddenly became silent and still.





If there is one thing I love more than wintry tree silhouettes against the sky, then it's wintry trees with snow covered branches. So pretty!


At around midday the snowfall dwindled, then eventually stopped, and the heavy grey sky gave way to a brighter afternoon. The following day the sun came out once  again and the magical landscape gently melted away. It was possibly the last snowfall we will see this Winter, which makes me a little sad, but the seasons are moving on and I am beginning to look ahead towards some warmer Spring days.  
J. X


         
                                        

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  1. Love the photo of the telephone box in the snow - a Christmas card for sure

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    1. Thanks Sue. I hadn't thought of that, what a lovely idea. X

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  2. Beautiful images, would make nice cards. It is freezing here but no sign of snow, I know many people have had it.

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    1. Thank you Marlene. I always love a snowy scene on a card so I might look into it. X

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  3. I envy that snowfall...we had a whole day of falling snow last Tuesday but it didn't settle much at all...and just a very light sprinkle early Wednesday morning...More is forecast but we'll just wait and see! x

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    1. If, like me, you enjoy snow then it's so frustrating when those flakes don't settle. X

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  4. I was out walking Annie whilst it was snowing and I love to see the trees with snow covered branches too. Our snow had melted by mid-afternoon. I love your photo with the red phone box, it's beautiful. I am looking forward to warmer days and the arrival of Spring.

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    1. How does Annie like the snow? I don't think Mog was too impressed as the mice go into hiding! Spring isn't too far away now. X

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  5. Oh Jules that did make me laugh. I am like a kid when it comes to snow. I love it so much.

    That photograph of the virtually black and white landscape with the red telephone box just about made me squeal with glee. I adore those kind of pictures.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Ha ha! That's how I am with the snow Sheila, that's why I had a little tantrum when I thought we wouldn't get any. The telephone box photograph is proving popular. I do love a snowy scene. X

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  6. My goodness, that's what you call snow! None here, I'd actually like some (although husband thinks I'm barmy to say this!) but just for a day or two, when it's pristine and makes everything look so pretty!
    Margaret P

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    1. It is so beautiful when it first falls. Thankfully, when it did disappear, it went quickly and we were not left with wet dirty snow, or worse, ice! X

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  7. Arh there's always something magical about snow. It transforms a scene into a picture postcard. I remember snow days when the boys were young. As a driving instructor my husband is not so keen, it's good practice for his students if close to test standard of course. Just not when they're new, nervous and it's turning icy underneath! Enjoy your snow. Cathy x

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    1. Thankfully, it was the best kind of snow. Dry and creaky and there wasn't any ice. It wouldn't be much fun for nervous drivers, however. X

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  8. Wishes do come true .... how lovely to have your narnia-esque adventure in the lovely snow.

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    1. Just sometimes Julie. It did feel like a little adventure. X

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  9. We have been the same here, a few hours of snow only for it to disappear as suddenly as it came. Beautiful photos Jules, you live in a very pretty area.

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    1. Thank you. It was lovely to enjoy it while it lasted. X

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  10. You had way more snow than us.... these are really pretty pictures. Jx

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    1. Thanks Jan. It's the most snow we've had for a while. X

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  11. Jules there are some lovely photos there. The one of snowdrops peering through the snow is absolutely lovely. Personally I'm not a fan of the stuff. I must have a really bad centre of balance when it comes to ice and snow as I invariably end up on my bottom!

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    1. Thank you Tania. You would have enjoyed this snow, I'm sure. It wasn't slippy, so it was easy to walk on. X

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  12. Love the snowdrops peeping out through the snow. We didn't have much here at all, it was snowing when I got up but only lightly and it didn't last long. It only settled on trees and patches of grass and by lunch time it had all gone again. If that's all we get here for the rest of the winter I'll be happy, I can't stand the stuff :(

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    1. Thank you Eunice. The snow doesn't always settle here either, and that's why I can get frustrated. I was so thankful it to enjoy it, if only for a short time. X

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  13. Jules you have taken some beautiful pictures and made the snow sound so beautiful.. No mention of the cold. Glad you enjoyed it. We have it forecast for the week end so I have battened down the hatches and intend to stay in with a good book and my knitting.

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    1. Thank you Pat. I feel the cold dreadfully, but I was well wrapped up so soon became warm enough to take my gloves off. Hunkering down with a good book and some knitting is a good plan. X

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  14. I love the snow too - pity is's so cold.
    xx

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    1. I know what you mean Mum, but I was wrapped up well that day. X

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  15. I can relate to your initial disappointment Jules. The snow has teased me relentlessly this year by falling then disappearing within a few hours. I don't blame you for leaving the housework, it's there everyday, snow isn't. Your photos are stunning and I love the one with the red phone box. I can well imagine the delight of the children at school. I bet they had a fantastic time playing out. xx

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    1. I had to laugh at myself Suzanne. Childish? Me? Definitely, when it comes to snow. And you're right about the housework, it's still waiting!
      The children loved it and Lily said they had enjoyed a (friendly) snowball fight in the school playground. I was so glad they were allowed to play out in the snow while they had the chance, as quite often it has melted away by the end of the school day. X

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  16. Oh Jules your photos are so breathtakingly beautiful. And it looks so quiet and peaceful. We never get snow here, so I love seeing snow photos.

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    1. Thank you Nil, I'm glad you enjoyed them. X

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  17. Beautiful magical photos,I too love snow but we rarely get any in my part of Cornwall.We did get a sprinking this year but it's gone now.We have however been getting Lots of Hailstones, Gales,and stuff of that nature lol.

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    1. Thank you Lee. Hailstones and Gales is the kind of weather I can do without. X

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  18. We haven’t had a flake, so I shall just have to enjoy looking at your pictures. I really love the photo with the Snowdrops xx

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    1. It's a shame to miss out if, like me, you enjoy the snow. I hope you had a lovely time on your Birthday. X

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  19. I do love snowfalls and housework comes a poor second to the silent gathering of snow every time.
    J x

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    1. That is how it should be Joy. Although I'm ashamed to say that housework comes a poor second to most things in my house. X

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  20. I’m so happy for you that you got your snow. We had a snowfall yesterday but it didn’t settle. I was super excited just to see it snowing so can well imagine how beautiful it must have been walking through a white world. X

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    1. The excitement of seeing those first flakes and hoping that it settles never goes away for those of us who love the snow does it.
      In other news, I have gone ahead and registered for a 10K in June! Eeeshk!

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    2. Hooray! How exciting! If you add on half a mile to one of your runs each week you’ll get there nice and easy. Xx

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    3. I'm excited and nervous about it. It's something to aim for at least. I've also pencilled in a couple of other runs later in the year, but I'll see how this goes first. X

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  21. Glad you got to enjoy some snow. Even we had some earlier this week, it didn't settle on the pavement, but the dunes had a nice covering.

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    1. Thank you TD. I expect the dunes looked lovely with their light covering. X

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  22. I'm glad you got your much longed for snow. We kept having a few flurries here but nothing settled, which doesn't bother me in the least. Although I love the beauty that snow creates I don't much care for the cold or the slush that's left behind once it melts.

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    1. Thank You Jo. I know not everyone enjoys the snow like I do, and when I used to drive for my job I would have felt the same. It does look pretty though! X

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  23. Beautiful! I very much enjoyed your photos, thank you.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them Kay. X

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  24. A proper winter wonderland! Glad you and Lily both got to play in it.

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    1. It would have been lovely if it had hung around for a little while longer. X

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  25. Gorgeous set of pictures Jules, so glad you were able to get out and indulge your inner child!

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    1. Thank you Jayne. Yes, I managed to avoid any further tantrums! X

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  26. we all feel like that about snow :) I remember when I used to work in London I would hope that it snowed deep enough that the trains couldnt run :)

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    1. The trains never seem to get cancelled when you actually want them to. X

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  27. there is something magical about freshly fallen snow, whatever our age may be! Gorgeous photos. x

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    1. Thank you Sadie. There has been another light dusting overnight but I think it will have gone before long. X

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  28. Think I am in the minority in not liking snow one bit! I concede that it looks pretty and I don't mind walking in crunchy fresh snow but I'm too much of a worrier to enjoy it as I think of people having to drive in it. My son has an 80 mile round trip to work and that scares me.

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    1. I wouldn't say you were in the minority Eloise. I would have felt the same just a few years ago when my job required me driving to some rather remote areas (think Mountain Rescue having to drive us on occasion!) I'm grateful to be in the position to just be able to enjoy the snow, for now at least. X

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  29. It looks so beautiful but I'm shivering just looking at those photo's, snow for me is to be enjoyed whilst sitting cosy inside with a steaming cup of coffee or tea watching it fall through the windows. :) x

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    1. As long as you still enjoy it Linda. I was well wrapped up and it was warm enough to remove my gloves. X

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