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I love the snow, and each year we have to go and look for it, and this year is no exception to the rule. The whole of the country seems to have snow, be it think 12″ or just a smattering of the white stuff, but here, in our little microclimate we do not have a drop, not one flake has fallen, and as I look out at the sky whilst writing this in my office, I see blue sky with some white clouds, well quite a lot of cloud, but the point is, I see blue sky. I can see my twitter stream flying by on the side of the screen and everyone is posting about #UKSnow but not here in our little village.
Yesterday I went to the next county to get produce from Booths, and it was snowing there, only 9.5 miles away, there is a market town which is only 8.2 miles away from my house had snowfall, but again we missed it.
The last time we had snow here was in 2010, and the whole country had it and no one escaped, and that was such fun. Our car was buried under 2 foot of snow, and we had temperatures in the night of -18° c with daytime ranging from -5°c to -10°c. We went for a very slow walk in the village and met so many people all chatting and having a really nice time of it, enjoying something that is rare here. At the time we only had Lilu, and she loved it, although I did have to make a pathway in the garden for her and it quite literally buried her when she went out in it.
I have checked with the Met office and so far we are going to miss all the snow again. Talk about Bar Humbug!
Here are some Pictures from 18th December 2010 when we last had snow.
I actually managed to get some knitting done yesterday. I say some, and that could sound like a lot, but it was part of the sleeve for my sweater, and when I say part, I actually mean 5 rows of 50 stitches. Yes, that was indeed it. Mazikeen was having a sleep, Harper was watching TV with M, yes, I did mean that, she watches quite a lot of TV for a dog, So I grabbed my knitting and off I went, but as you would suspect, it didn’t last long. I really do have to get a move on with this sweater too as the temperatures are dropping fast, we have had 2°c and add to that frost, hail, and fog. Oh well, I will have to snatch time here and there as I need this sweater.
So we survived the backlash of Hurricane Ofelia which being honest for us up North (53.6°) it was just another day of autumn, although with all the Sahara sand in the air, mixed with the smoke and fire dust from Portugal made for interesting skies. It was as if the world was coming to an end, a little like in Flash Gordon, all we needed was Zarkov and it would have been complete. With the so-called storm came two claps of thunder, 17°c (very warm for us), a black sky turning red and 70mph winds. The red sky lasted for about 6 hours, then the sun came out and normality resumed.
WIP – Admirals Braid. I have finished the front of the sweater, and the middle 13 stitches for the neck braid are on a holding needle awaiting the completion of the rest of the garment in order to pick up stitches and do that. So the next part is the back, which, apart from doing the 3×3 ribbing on 7mm, is now standard stocking stitch on 8mm, and as you could imagine, boredom sets in quite fast just knitting a row and purling a row continuously. However, I am determined to get it finished soon as the cold weather will be starting soon, and zero on the thermometer will soon be here.
This morning we decided to go for a walk in the woods. If you have read my other posts on morning walks you will know that we have 22 miles of coast and approximately 5 square miles of pinewoods, so lots to explore. Today was no exception. We started off in a place that we knew, and all of a sudden were off the beaten track and into wooded areas that we had not been in before. Lots to see, and discover, including this rather charming little house right in the middle of the woods. I say charming, but who is to say that Leatherhead is not in there carving up bodies for his next Hallowe’en outfit? If it was not for the car on the drive I would have guessed at it being an abandoned house, but looking through the windows, from where I took the photo that is, I am not going to tempt fate and end up sewn into a mask or bodysuit, it looked lived in, just.
The walk off the beaten track ended up with us walking 4k, yes we did get lost, and only for GPS on my phone got us back to the car. Harper must have walked twice that distance, let’s face it, dogs just cannot walk in straight lines.
One great positive from the cold weather, I was able to wear my knitted socks, they were so warm and comfortable and I could have kept walking for hours. If you have not seen them in previous posts, these are the ones I wore today.
We joined the national trust this week and thought, what the hell, let’s go to Lyme Park, spend the day there, and of course, take Harper with us. We have not been there for about 6 years. Even though we would not be able to go into the house with the dog, we were happy to walk around the grounds and deer park, go to the dog-friendly cafe and just have a relaxing day.
We woke just before 7 and the weather had not turned out the way it was supposed to be. So, we stayed in bed for another hour and waited for the sun to pop out. He did not turn up, and the rains started, and have not stopped all day. The road is flooding, not too bad, but all the same, it is relentless.
What will we do with the day? Shopping was already done, walking Harper between the early showers was not exactly going to do much. Rather than sit waiting for the weather to break, we decided to change the master bedroom around, move the bed to the gable end of the house, then a bit of housework. This was all done by about 12pm. So, what now? I planted more plants in the aquarium, did a small water change, and went to the supermarket again, this time for salty snacks and beer.
I made scouse yesterday in the slow cooker, which we ate some of for lunch, and are having the rest of it tonight for dinner, so cooking is out of the question.
Today feels like a Sunday, and we have the real Sunday tomorrow. May have to relieve the boredom of the weekend with a back to back box set watching of Lucifer, Preacher, Frasier, Big Bang and of course Moonlighting.