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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Snow day

I am absolutely sure this was NOT predicted when I checked the forecast at about 9.00pm last night.

We're expecting a delivery today so were outside shortly after 8.00am to clear a pathway up the drive.  It was calm, quiet, not particularly cold and the snow was still falling in large flakes.







We get snow so rarely here that even a couple of inches is a novelty which has us running outside, but this year Daisy wasn't as interested as she has been before. 









In another life I lived and worked in a ski resort in the Alps.  A winter at 2,000 metres meant six months of monochrome landscape - it was always a shock to drive down to the valley once a week for the grocery shopping and see how colourful everything was!  Snow so far inland and at good altitude is much nicer than English snow.  Here it's wet and heavy, but in the Alps it was dry and fluffy and absolutely gorgeous.

Even in the heavy, grey light before 9.00 o'clock, the Himalayan Silver Birch looks lovely.













I was out first thing getting snow off the roof of the fruit cages but the net-house seemed completely unbothered by the weight.  The snowy temporary roof made the inside of the net-house feel even more enclosed and protected than usual, it was rather lovely.



But two hours later it is already melting . . . and the delivery isn't here yet so we didn't need to rush to clear the drive, typical!


16 comments:

  1. I'm pleased to see Daisy keeping nice and warm in her lovely jacket. It's been a wonderful snowy morning here too, so you can imagine Lily's excitement.

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    1. Hope Lily got a chance for a quick play before school :-) Whilst we were outside just after 8.00am I could hear our neighbours' girls - they were on the trampoline!

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  2. Along the south coast, we miss most of the snow, it's a cloudy dry day here. It's just so cold.
    Your garden looks lovely with a coating of snow, shame it's covering all your hard work.

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    1. We normally miss the snow Marlene, because we're also very close to the coast.

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  3. Lovely snowy photos, I love the third one down and the last one of Daisy :)

    It's been snowing here since early morning but only a half-hearted attempt and it's not sticking on the roads or pavements. I'm too ill to go out properly at the moment so the dogs are resigned to a few minutes in the garden but they don't like rain or snow anyway so I don't think they are too bothered :)

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    1. Oh Eunice, I am sorry you are ill, I didn't realise. Have you got this flu?

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    2. Yes, I've got the stupid Aussie flu :( Started with it last Monday night but as I've never ever had flu before I just thought it was a heavy cold until the nausea and extreme exhaustion kicked in. Struggled into work but had to give up on Thursday morning and I've been off ever since. I can cope with the cold and the cough but the loss of appetite, nausea and exhaustion are a different kettle of fish, though I am now beginning to feel slightly better. I was just saying to Michael it's a pity it's not warmer weather, we could have gone camping :)

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    3. If you've got proper flu you're not going anywhere my dear, let alone camping! Glad Michael is there to help you until this passes.

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  4. Lovely photos of the snow and Daisy enjoying herself. We had snow this morning but it's all melted now. I took some photos of the trees in the park and they do look lovely, Annie wasn't at all interested in the snow :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, ours has pretty much all gone as well.

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  5. Yikes. We have had flurries all day but not settling. I was quite disappointed, haven’t seen a proper covering of snow for years and had to go to Norway for that.

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    1. Hi Jessica, unusual for it to settle as much as it did here. 'Proper snow' is another matter entirely, I remember your Norway trip, that was awesome :)

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  6. The photos actually look like the old black/white ones we had when I was little. Lovely & Kate said they had snow too. Suposed to be in the high 30s here today, though quite pleasant at the moment. Take care.

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    1. thanks Susan. I'd happily take your high 30s - puttering around, shorts and T shirt, all the doors and windows open . . .

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  7. Just some tiny flakes that disappeared before hitting the ground. When we in the Dolomites one May there was several feet of snow up in the mountainswhoch disappeared lower down the slopes.

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    1. Dolomites are really pretty, not spent much time there but I remember them being quite beautiful.

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