… I’m talking about snow! I live in the united kingdom – England – Hampshire – on the south coast…Which means we rarely ever get snow and a blue moon happens more often than snow does!
But we had it surprisingly… I noticed the first flurries happen while in college this past Monday and it was on and off most of the day. Then on the Tuesday I came out of my flat to go on the school run to find that snow had laid! I didn’t even know it had snowed otherwise I would have gone straight out in it!
My son has only seen snow twice before and my daughter hadn’t been out in it or old enough to know what was when we had a little bit of sleet a few years back. So we all had a bit of play in it while we were waiting for my sons parents meeting time slot. This was the night my migraine/sinus headache started.
Then it was just really cold and windy on the Wednesday while we headed off to my sons follow up appointment at the hospital… The Thursday though was a complete shock to find an email from my sons school informing us that it would be closed for the day due to the severe weather warning we were having… My daughters nursery had also announced their closure for that day and the day after.
That never happens! The last time we had a bit of snow and all the roads and paths were slippery with ice the schools still stayed open… The school has had a power cut at one point and even with a black out the kids stayed at school and just had to go back to learning without electric devices and all had sandwiches instead of a hot school meal…
Made me wonder how sever it was going to be if the schools would be shut due to the weather… It was hardly anything in the morning but by the afternoon a snow like blizzard was swirling about outside! It’s nice to watch from inside being all warm and cosy… If only my headache would have gone!
That Friday my son had inset day and I felt a lot better where I wasn’t doubling over in agonising pain from my head. As soon as we were all up we threw on loads of layers and went straight outside… It must have snowed even more overnight because when we went out it was perfect!
A thick deep blanket of snow covered everything! I have never even seen so much snow in my life! Other than on TV and in books but this was in the flesh! It was fresh powdery snow! It was at least 3-4 inches deep! And the best bit about it was the crunch when you stepped in fresh snow! I just love that sound snow makes when you step into it…
Normally it’s hard to find untouched snow but I guess because we were out in it early no one had woken up and gone outside to go in it yet… Plus they had been in it for a couple of days already so the novelty may have warn off for them by now, where as this was new and a first for me and I finally felt well enough to be in it!
I showed both my kids how to roll up snowballs… Or at least I tried…. The snow was so powdery it wouldn’t keep the shape and so when I tried to build a snow man… It took me over an hour just to roll up a ball bigger than my kids head’s! I don’t remember it being that hard to roll snow balls I must say! Usually when they are big enough to roll about after picking up more and more snow by rolling along the snow it would get bigger instantly… That wasn’t happening… Or if it was it was very slow….
We stopped and went in because the kids were getting too cold… We went out a few times that day though and had to go to the shop in town to get food shopping as we hadn’t much in. I tried with the pushchair….Yeah I know….What was I thinking!?
I know full well snow and pushchairs don’t blend well! but I thought since it wasn’t slushy it would be okay… I was so wrong! After we got about 3 minutes away from ours and went to cross the road, the road was completely slushy and it took a lot of my strength trying to push it that far… So we went back dragging it behind us with my daughter walking…
I did however decide to use this giant IKEA bag I usually use for laundry! I lined it with a blanket to make it comfortable and when we went out my daughter sat down legs crossed in this bag – She is 3 so she fitted in perfectly with plenty of space, she was happy and comfy and I found it easier to pull her along the snow than the pushchair!
Every now and then she wanted to get out and walk which was fine and my son wanted to be pulled…He’s 8…. I tried but he was just rolling around over the sides of the bag and coming out of the bag which was a challenge to pull so in the end we all just walked for a bit then pulled my daughter for a bit…
On our way back home my daughter decided she wanted to lay down in the bag so every now and then I stopped to ask if she was okay, to which she responded giggling that she was okay. Luckily since it was all snow and ice and slushy there were no bumps or scrapes or anything for her to get hurt. I noticed a woman pushing a pushchair with shopping in it beside us and she laughed at the sight of my daughter lounging in an IKEA bag being pulled around.
It would have been nice to have a sled to pull her about properly but this was the best I had plus it kept her in her spot rather than falling off/out when I pulled which I noticed others had been doing. I explained I gave up the pushchair precisely for the reason she was showing… Pushchairs are difficult to push in the snow and you get stuck a lot. This way you didn’t!
Not long after that I hear a woman shout out and I looked behind us to find her running towards us trying to look in the bag asking with an accusatory tone if I had a baby in there….Yes because I would really put a baby in a bag and pull it around in the snow instead of strapping it to me and my warmth in a baby carrier…. I laughed and said “of course there isn’t a baby in there!”… Some people… The woman looked relieved and went off with the people she was walking with… I couldn’t believe it really…
Saturday it all turned into slush and puddles… So we weren’t gonna go out in it.
Today – Sunday: the sun is out and it’s a lot warmer and you wouldn’t believe it had been snowing so much the past few days as all the snow had gone even the slush and puddles. And it’s back to the daily routines tomorrow… I do like having a break and it was nice to get snow and play in it… And although I do like my college class I just don’t look forward to the Monday morning rush!
Thanks for reading 🙂
x Emz x