Let’s Talk About Snow, Baby

When I was much younger, I always loved the snow. And to an extent I still do.

Snowfall seems to create a different world from the place you know so well. Streets and parks look unfamiliar even though you might have walked or frequented them over and over again.

black and white photo of snowfall around housing estate

I’ve experience snow in a few places. Growing up it seemed like it snowed every year for the first years I can remember. In my mind’s eye I can remember photos I’ve seen of me bundled up playing in the snow. I remember the street I grew up on looking so magical, when there was heavy snowfall. The sides of the roads all slushy, deep and dirtied from vehicles trying to make their way (sometimes unsuccessfully) up the hill. And then for the longest time it just didn’t happen. For years it seemed, we just didn’t have any snow.

Then, as I grew into a young adult with responsibilities, snowfall started to become inconvenient. It once took over 3 hours to make a 30 minute trip home from work, my Dad driving, due to sudden heavy snowfall. Living in Milton Keynes, people often say all the roads look the same. I usually disagree, but on that night, everything all white and the road signs covered with the stuff, it was very disorienting.

candle on dining room table with snowy scene behind

 

Working in a mall was always fun when it snowed (not). As soon as it started you would panic you wouldn’t get home. But until the head office had notified you could leave, you were stuck. Even if the customers had all left.

New York snow is definitely the prettiest I’ve seen. I can’t explain to you why, but if you’ve ever experienced it, you’ll know what I mean. I visited for Valentine’s Day in 2003 when the city saw a record-breaking blizzard (there’s even a Wikipedia page all about it) and I was snowed into my hotel. I mean, of all the places to be snowed in, New York’s a good one. We survived on deli sandwiches and watching the great President’s Day movies on the tiny TV in our room. It was pretty fun in hindsight.

macro of snow

There’s something exciting and magical about snow. It seems to blanket over the monotony of day-to-day life, and add an extra level of interestingness. Your trips to work might be a little strange, the view from your kitchen window will be iced, and if you’re at school there’s always a chance you could get a bonus day off!

In England we’re a little famed for our over-reactions to this weather. Granted it can be genuinely dangerous on the roads, but that’s usually down to people not driving responsibly. The shelves in the shops will end up bare as people hunker down for what could be a whole 12 hours of inconvenience. Okay, I may be over exaggerating.

icicle snow drip on wire

 

My now conflicted opinion of snow comes from being a fairly new, and quite un-confident driver. When I met Gary, I couldn’t understand his negative opinion towards snow, despite his explanation. But now I’m going to stand up and say, snow is inconvenient and dangerous – and bloody cold!

Despite this, I don’t think I will ever lose the feeling that there’s a bit of magic in this kind of weather. As a child I have a distinct memory of going to bed, and listening to the main road outside. And then all at once everything became silent, and I knew it had started snowing. I wasn’t the type of person, back then, to look at a weather forecast, I was just a kid caught up in my own world, so I have no idea if it was due to snow. All I knew, without even looking outside, was that it was the kind of snow that would have turned the world white when I opened my curtains.

I used to have a theory, that if you looked directly into the sky as it started to snow, if the sky was that weird opaque pale orange colour, and all you could see was thick snowflakes rushing towards you, it would definitely stick to the ground, instead if just melting away. I was usually right.

icicle

Today I’m talking about snow, because as I write it’s falling on the UK. And by this I mean literally – I’m watching it come down. I woke this morning, at a stupid time, in the anticipation of a snow-covered cul-de-sac outside, and I wasn’t disappointed. Some plans have sensibly already been cancelled, whilst others hang in the balance.

a snowy scene from the kitchen window

This time around, I feel a little like this snow will be a tad more special since it’s Christmas time. We don’t often get snow in December in these parts any more. It tends to land in January or February, which at least adds a little something to those nothing-y months. But that postcard idea of snowfall at Christmas rarely occurs. So this year is different.

baubles on a tinsel string

I’m not a big fan of being wet and cold, so skiing, snow angels, snowball fights or building snowmen is never on my to do list when it’s snowy. But I will say, if you’ve got nowhere to go and you’re warm and safe somewhere, it’s blooming beautiful to watch it fall.

This Week I Have Been Mostly….

this week i have been mostly

Last week feslt well and truly Autumnal, but at the same time Christmas is forcing its way into my environment.

We’ve been waking up to frosty cars, and experiencing beautiful sunsets, but at work we’ve been listening to Christmas music, and this weekend we watched the first Christmas film of the season (Krampus!).

frosty grass with sunrise behind a hedge

Early this week we had some beautiful frosts which were highlighted by clear skies and golden sunrises. I’m lucky to work in a barn conversion surrounded by fields, so we get some epic views of the seasons changing.

The same day’s sunset was something else:

sunset reflecting through clouds

At home things are moving along. We’ve finally taken delivery of our dining table, which means meals are mostly eaten there, whilst we admire the rest of the gorgeous kitchen! It also means I can now host my Share A Meal, which I’ll be talking about again in a blog post soon (but hit the link if you haven’t read the first one yet!).

wooden dining table with 3 wick candle on top

I’ve finally got a place to put this gorgeous candle I was given last Christmas, and it fits there perfectly!

I’ve also been working on my dressing room/ office space, and pictures are finally going up on the walls.

chest of drawers with photos on the wall

I don’t know what’s going to go on the other walls yet, but I want to find things organically – things I know will be perfect – so who knows when it’ll be finished. But for now I’m really pleased with this little section of the room.

So, coming into the Christmas season, I’ve already picked up some presents. I’m also looking forward to my office Christmas party, which is right at the start of the month, and then later on in December I’m attending the Blogosphere Christmas Festival, which I’m really excited about.

I’m really eager to decorate our house for its first Christmas, and to see it all lit up AND I’m hoping to meet up with friends and catch up, because it’s been too long! I’m also attending a New Year party (the day before new year’s eve!) which is a party with a difference!

Aside from all of this, I have filmed a new YouTube video (which might be up by the time you read this, so head on over to my channel!) My last video has had over 1.6k views and is going up, so that’s rather nice 🙂

What have you been up to lately – are your decorations up already? How long does it take to get you feeling festive at this time of year? I’d love to know, in the comments!

 

Holiday, Books and Snow

This week G Man and I have some time off work, and some time together. We’re really looking forward to some down time and just milling about to recover from the Christmas craziness. Our plans are somewhat up in the air at the moment due to the snow that is currently falling over the country. Thankfully we’re in an area where it’s not going to hit so hard. Hopefully it won’t affect our plans too much – but Milton Keynes residents are notorious for being ridiculously stupid during the snow, so who knows!

Yesterday we spent a lovely morning in bed lazing, and then did our supermarket shop for the week (which included a lot of tinned food – we’ve been snowed in before…) The afternoon was football and reading and then we got up and finally left the house.

There’s a book warehouse near to where G Man and I used to work which opens to the public for one weekend a month. There they sell a huge selection of books at discounted prices. This weekend was their January Sale and they had 80% off all the jacket prices. I spent £16 on £80 worth of books!
books

It really is a little heaven of books. I have to admit I saw an Orla Kiely baby board book on colours, and it was so adorable that I bought it even though I have no children. It’s very cool and was only £2…… It’s just too stylish for a child!

Here’s what we bought anyway:

Books

That cookery book is AMAZING! I want to make so much from it, there are loads of ideas and the photography is wonderful!

Today we had planned to make a trip to Bicester Village but the snow has curtailed our plans. Not worth risking getting stuck in the Designer Discount Village…. or is it? What were we thinking? – that would be heaven?! Oh well, instead I’m wrapped up warm in my living room watching Nigella on the Food Network and drinking hot Earl Grey tea. That’s what almost-snow-days are for, right?
January Snow