Thursday, 2 December 2010

Winter Weather


What comes to mind when you think of winter weather?


At first I think of snow. Frosty but clear days, blue skies, weak sunshine, red noses, breath misting in the cold air.... and thick, soft snow blanketing the ground, piled high on the rooftops, heaped onto every outside surface. Snuggling under fleecy blankets, cradling steaming mugs of hot chocolate, watching huge downy snowflakes fall as the light fails, feeling glad to be indoors now much as earlier in the day we may have enjoyed building snowmen and pelting each other with snowballs, our shrieks and laughter ringing out into the icy surroundings.


And then I remember that actually, it isn't usually like that. We're much more likely to have rain than snow. Lower temperatures mean that my poor fingers and toes freeze, and that I need to de-ice the car every morning - and sometimes in the evening, too. When we first moved to this area we were told 'Oh, it never snows in Xxx!'


This year, it's all turned on its head again! We had enough snow and ice early in the year to close schools, scupper transport and make roads and pavements treacherous. Over the last week or so we've seen (and felt!) temperatures plummet, and many parts of the country have once more ground to a halt. Right here, we're testing the truth of that 'It never snows...' saying again - we've only had about 5 mm! - but we've certainly experienced the icy winds and slippery pavements.

So what comes to my mind when I think of winter weather? I don't think I know any more!!

PS I'm chuffed to bits that Shimelle chose my page from last year to feature in her prompt today :-) Thanks Shimelle - you've warmed my heart on this wintry day! xx

18 comments:

JO SOWERBY said...

snow of course,
Jo xxx

Kirsty.a said...

A good piece of writing. This sums exactly how I feel about winter weather, but couldn't have put it so eloquently.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Snow comes to my mind. But the memory of snow, not the desire for actual snow.

It's not supposed to snow much here either, yet we had 3 snowstorms in 8 weeks dumping a total of over 4 feet of snow on the area back at the start of the year. I have a certain dread that it will happen again

Miss Smith said...

Lovely page - the background is amazing!

And congrats on being in the promt - I recognised your page even without reading it was yours :D

Amy said...

I have not read the prompt yet Mel - will do so later this morning - I bet yours will jump out at me!
Weather here is usually warm this time of the eyar - this year it is particularly humid.

scrappyjacky said...

I think of snow as well....even though it's so rare here.....but, of course,some of us have more than enough of it today!!
Love the page.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Snow!! oh & the accompanying icy roads...which I loathe!!

I'm loving your day two page & Cograts on being featured in todays prompt...well deserved recognition as always! ♥

Gail T said...

Great writing. I think of snow too and how much I don't want it where I live although I know it will come. Congrats on being in the prompt!

debs14 said...

Seems that the weather fairies are having fun with us this year eh?! Can't remember having this much snow so early in the year before. And the novelty has worn off already!

Ruth said...

When I read the 1st part of your post, I thought "in your dreams, the reality isn't like that!" and then I read on ... beautifully written, though! I'm off to look at today's prompt ~ well done for being chosen. x

Sandra said...

I'm not surprised you've been picked, you're just so creative ..

I smile when I think of winter weather - Christmas comes to mind, as well as sipping hot chocoalte and sitting in front of a fire. aahhh bliss.

Rachel B said...

Congrats on being in the prompt, I noticed that first thing this morning. We have got about a foot and a half of snow at the moment, I don't ever remember seeing so much! :)

Cheri said...

your journaling is like poetry - great job! Having seen the word "chuffed" for the umpteenth time on a blog post I have to ask... how exactly would you translate that to American? It isn't a word we use. I get the gist, but was wondering more precisely?

Karen said...

Beautiful writing and a very artsy (and lovely) page! We have several inches as well, but it's not anything unusual.

Fiona said...

Great page - I think of snow too - but we are one of the few places this year that still does not have any!!!

sharyncarlson said...

I love how you've done the background of this page!

Sian said...

Great "watery" look on your page Mel

Maria Ontiveros said...

Mel,
I love the snowflake (but then I love spray inks!). The red in the ribbon really makes the blue pop, too! I also love the description you have of snowy weather in the first pragraph. Sooooo glad you're back in full force.
Rinda