It is a running joke in our house that whenever the country gets snow, it never actually reaches us.
The last time we had a proper dusting of snow was in December 2010, when I was heavily pregnant with Eliza and our sledges have been gathering dust in the shed ever since.
Even the initial weather warnings boldy teased us by avoiding our area at every opportunity, so we resigned ourselves to just some colder than normal weather thanks to the ‘beast from the east’.
By Wednesday the weather warnings had reached us and when we woke up on Thursday it was snowing lightly, but nothing to worry about so Hubby went to work as normal. The school did message us to say it would be closed, much to Eliza’s disgust as she was looking forward to dressing up for world book day.
I did battle with the shed and managed to wrestle our dusty sledges from its grasp, but there wasn’t really enough snow to get any decent traction – the kids gave it a good go though and they and all their friends were in the park by 9.30am in case the snow didn’t last.
I have to say, I am really grateful that we had all our cold weather kit from Lapland as the wind was freezing and of course we warmed up with a nice hot chocolate treat afterwards.
The snow had stopped by now but was forecast again for the afternoon so we made a plan to meet up in the park in the afternoon and this time even Kian and some heavier snow joined us for some fun.
The kids then discovered it was great fun throwing snowballs at whomever was coming down the zipline.
Sebby’s aim has definitely got better as the day went on!!
The snow was now falling thick and fast and Hubby made the decision to come home from work early……….the roads were gridlocked with everyone having the same idea and he finally got through the door 4 hours later!!
By the evening the snow had changed from snow to icy rain and when we got out of bed the next morning, it looked like someone had laid a layer of glass over the snow-covered garden and the walls……. they all had an eerie sheen about them.
Heading outside was interesting as the ice literally cracked beneath our feet – apparently it was like walking on crème brûlée and the kids thought the noise of it was great.
We couldn’t resist trying out some fun photo’s and with snowman building proving tricky, we found Olaf instead……
and created an ice palace for Elsa.
The snow beneath the ice was quite thick, so we headed back to the park with the sledges and found that the ‘extra slip’ definitely added to the fun.
Eliza ‘may’ have ended up in the ditch at one point after failing to stop in time (don’t worry, she was fine).
Sebby just spent the whole time outside giggling.
Having Daddy and Kian out playing too certainly added to the fun as the take off speed was certainly much faster than my attempts.
Sadly the snow is disappearing fast, but we certainly made the most of it when it came.
Lets hope it’s not seven years until it next visits!
Have you been out enjoying the snow?