Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Snow




Ah, I wish it were true - oh that we had snow.

Tis not so.



Its not a regular occurrence in my bit of England and it still causes quite a bit of excitement...
Traffic delays.
Days off school.
Falling on bums.
Wet gloves on radiators.



Slushy snail-greyish sludge is what we Londoners expect from time to time - its something else to moan about as we trudge, sleet in our faces, past the scarcely-moving traffic, to and from work in the mid-morning late-afternoon constant winter twilight.

Proper thick crunchy sparkling blanketing soft soft snow - now thats a different matter entirely. That particular translucent eerie quality of light which - filtering through the curtains - declares snowfall, that still evokes a childlike anticipation and delight in me and mine.




I guess rarity increases value.



It happened last February and I posted about it then so do go look if you want to here and here.


And for this winter - we'll just keep hoping....

31 comments:

Lynne said...

Letty, sometimes it's better not to have what we wish for. Today I woke up to 6 inches (give or take) of snow while watching pouring rain fall from the sky. Our snow is now sludge of about two inches. Plus, tonight we had lightning and a few claps of thunder while the temp outside was 37F. Go figure.

Me, I prefer just plain snow sans the rain/thunder/lightning.

Wishing you hope for just plain old snow!

Ronda Laveen said...

Wistful post, Lettuce. Love the picture of the snowy gate. I'll keep hoping with you.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wonderful photos....I really love the pigeons all huddled up!

e said...

I hope you get the snow you want, but not enough to bring everything to a halt...

That red receptacle is a mailbox, yes?

The figure beneath it looks like a snow cat, but perhaps I'm spending too much time with mine.

Hope you are well.

Kris said...

A lot of broken hips, I bet.

Barbara said...

Over the years we have gotten less and less snow each winter. I suppose that's the effect of global warming...

Lizzie said...

Love your snow photos..especially the one with the birds on the fence. Amazing. And yes, I have read a few times now and heard just recently in a convo I had with a friend that it rarely snows in London. Don't stop dreaming...maybe someday that beautiful blanket of white will come down and grace you for a day or two! :)

Happy TT.

Jasmine said...

The first snow is so magical, all clean and crisp. I love it when the only footprints to be seen belong to the birds and other wildlife.

Brian Miller said...

what beautiful pics...it makes me pine for the snow. we had a dash thi last weekend mixed with rain so it did not stick around. perhaps soon. happy tt!

Liza said...

"Proper thick crunchy sparkling blanketing soft soft snow"
Gosh I love that description, and your photos are always so beautiful.
Maybe snow for Christmas?
Happy tt.

Betsy said...

I really love that last picture! It would make a beautiful blog header!

I'm with you...love the sparkly blanket of snow in the sun...once it turns gray and slushy...yuck.

Leah said...

Yes, wistful as Ronda says. A lovely snow post. I especially like the last picture of the pigeons huddling on the fence.

JeffScape said...

I'm trying to read the love note on that mailbox.

(forgive my ignorance if that's not a mailbox... ours tend to be blue and of a different shape)

Wings said...

I can mail you some, if you'd like?

ArtSparker said...

It's the comforting part of winter. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.

subby said...

I remember seeing a news item about that storm. Pretty much caught everyone unawares( or so they made it sound, wot? )And love to go crunching about in new snow :) Bravo snaps!

Stephanie said...

Lovely photo of the birds perched on the wire fence!

Baino said...

It does look lovely but nobody posts pictures of sleet and slush! Poor little pigeons they look freezing.

Akelamalu said...

I won't mind when/if it snows in the UK this year because I won't have to go out in it if I don't want to - I'm retiring next week! :)

Tom said...

a rarity would be nice...love your sno pics, 'specially the birdies, wonder what they think of the snow!?

Tom said...

a rarity would be nice...love your sno pics, 'specially the birdies, wonder what they think of the snow!?

Steve said...

Terrific pics, as usual. I love the pigeons!

I haven't seen as much snow in recent winters, and it seems when we do get it, it melts relatively fast. But I'm not a longtime northerner, so I don't really know what the trends have been like. I always enjoy snow, though, as long as I don't have to travel in it!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Do you think those birds' feet are stuck to the antena and need help? Looks like you are doing a snow dance here, good luck! -jayne

AngelMay said...

Looks like a snowman playing bagpipes to me. Love it. All the photos are great!

Megan said...

I swoon at the pictures, as always, but must add an extra special hand-to-the-brow-slow-motion-fall for the words in this one.

Just sayin'.

Megan said...

Seriously.

lettuce said...

snow AND a thunder storm, wow lynne

thanks rhonda, and kimy

e, yes, its a mail box and I think you could be right about the snow cat

kris, i ignore your pragmatism

barbara, in recent decades we've had less snow than we used to in my childhood. but that may be changing now...

I wont lizzie, thanks!

jasmine, me too. If it snows this year will be fun to see what our catty thinks of it

thanks, happy TT Brian and Liza

Betsy, it would really be a good header!

thanks Leah, thats about my favourite picture and very "London"

me too Jeffscape. the first part is definately I love Anddieee but i can't make out who its from.

I wait in anticipation Wings.

It is ArtSparker - along with the scarves, gloves, real fires. mmmmmm

subby, Brits esp. in the south are very easily caught unawares by the weather. us and British Rail, always.

ta Stephanie.
Baino - I did actually take some photos of the slushy road snow, they're on flickr i think...

Akelamalu - CONGRATS!! have a great Christmas. I wonder what you will do with your time now....Not a problem, I don't suppose.

Tom its the rooks and crows whose thoughts I wonder about

Steve snow is definately for playing in rather than travelling through.

H-H, could be so - I got quite close with my camera and they didn't budge

Angel-May, bagpipes! I think you're onto something there

thanks Megan.
seriously.

Gary said...

I read this post last night when I just could not get the chill out of my bones and it didn't help make me any warmer! Today, warm and cozy once again, I am able to better appreciate it. :)

I simply adore snow. Especially when I get a snow day and an opportunity to play in it with my doggie.

...mmm... said...

I love that last photo--seriously, I think you could sell it. It is so evocative.

Yes, snow in London was rare adn when it came, so slushy so soon, it wasn't too much fun but the red post boxes with snow on them are so pretty as are English robins on snowy boughs too.

I have to say, i do love the snow we have in Colorado though. No wonder people come from around the world to ski on it. It doesn't leave on all wet and cold after jsut a simple walk.

GreenWhisper said...

crunchy, fluffy white snow :) tis so sold yet induces such snuggliness! love the birds on the fence xx

GreenWhisper said...

.. or even 'cold' brrrrr! :0)