Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Slow, slow, snow, snow, slow...

Well, I'm probably one of thousands in the UK blogging about snow today - but I'm going to do it anyway, so there!

According to our local paper, it's been the worst for 18 years. It's certainly the first really heavy snow that we have seen since we got married, nearly 10 years ago now. I do remember a Monday afternoon in January 1995 and sometime latish on in 1991 but - well, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then...

We both had a day's annual leave on Monday and spent it periodically gazing out of the window of our upstairs office/craft-room in total disbelief. "It's nearly horizontal!" was the cry in the later part of the day.

One of the things I've always loved about snow is the eerie quality of the reflected light that's cast - it's so cold, and yet somehow calming when combined with the deadening of sound.

We have two cats, one too elderly to even consider going outside except in a heatwave but one middle aged lady who certainly does still desire to go out to answer the call of nature. So husband bravely battles the icy blast to clear a path for her across the lawn - now that's true cat love. Not that I don't love her equally, of course I do, but I have a post mastectomy/full axial clearance excuse for not doing excessive digging as it makes my left arm swell. (I make up for it in other ways, though! I am an ace weeder, as well as being an avid sower and planter-out of seedlings.)

Snow can bring worries, of course, not only about the complications of travel but about family members and friends. In our case especially my Dad, who is 83, but a couple of phone calls back and forth assure us that he is fine.

The photographic opportunities afforded by excessive snow are many and I'm just off now to choose some of the best before posting.

Goodnight and keep safe in the snow!


  1. Is this the infamous Stanzi? bless her braving the freezing snow and what lovely mummy and daddy she has digging a path for her in the snow, ahh. mine is called ruby that i use as my avatar and she is a rescue cat, she was found being tortured as a tiny kitten, they'd covered her in marker pen and were trying to set her alight! luckily someone saw what was happening and she's been my baby ever since :>)

  2. Yes indeed, the one and only! She's a real character, mad as a brush but incredibly affectionate with it. The snow sent her batty, she seemed to really enjoy leaping around in it and we got some very unusual looking "footprints" as a result!!

    What a lucky, lucky kitty your Ruby is!! It's hideous what some people do to animals, isn't it? Most of our cats have been strays or rescues. Stanzi just walked in through the cat flap one evening! We never did manage to find where she had come from and somehow "knew" it wasn't a good idea to go looking too hard!