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AJ: 11 yo daughter

BL: 9 yo daughter

TF: 7 yo son

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…and back to snow fun

We looked out this morning and it had snowed overnight. I was getting used to looking at all the green grass and mud. Now our surroundings are back to dazzling white.

The children ran out in their new waterproofs and made a snow being. We had no carrots ( I know, unbelievable) but I did have some mini cucumbers. It gives it a slightly different look. They made snow angels. They wrote messages in the snow to Mrs Thaw (“Please go away, Mrs Thour”). Then they came in for hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Not to be defeated, the snow followed them in. I used my biggest metal tray and filled it several times with snow. I was inspired by a couple of blogs. Turned into about an hour and half entertainment.

They coloured it with food colouring. I was impressed that they devised their own experiments and based them on theories. Rate of melting was popular.

In honour of the Charlie and Lola: Snow is my favourite and my best story, they made mini snowmen.

Isn’t that an appropriate plate? They used beads and pipecleaners for features and then put them in the fridge to compare melt rates with snow in the kitchen and outside. I opened the fridge later to find the eyes of this snowman had dropped and looked like fancy shoes.

They made snow castles, using baking moulds. Maple syrup snow was a big hit and all bowls were polished off.

The snow made everything look pretty. Gwinny dog scootered round like a puppy. (Thank you for all your kind comments. She is on the mend, and I hope we don’t have to put the lampshade collar on her. On this size of dog it is massive.)

I did some snow crafting as well. A snow lantern. I’ve wanted to do this since I saw it on this blog last year. Our snow today is very powdery and takes a lot of encouragement to stick. I left it later in the day, once the temperature had dropped. It looks more like an erupting snow volcano than a lantern, but I can live with that!

Once the candle was inside, it turned the outside snow black. I positioned it so that we could just about see it at supper.

This is looking down on the candle, but it reminded me of the moon breaking through snowy clouds. It reflected the sky above. Almost as if the snow had gone full circle!

Hope you are all having fun packed Saturdays.

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8 Responses to …and back to snow fun

  • Emma says:

    Absolutely beautiful!
    You always post such lovely inspiring photos!
    We’ve only had a very light dusting this time around after the foot and a half We got a couple of weeks ago,I’m just hoping it holds off long enough for my daughter to get home from uni in Aberdeen.
    Em xxxxx

    • Cheryl says:

      Thanks Emma. I appreciate your kind words. I love the snow, but not so much fun if you are trying to get somewhere. Our lane is so iced over that I think the postman has abandoned us. Other roads are clear. Ironic as the gritter dome is at the top of the village about half a mile away.

  • Marie says:

    Lovely pictures, I love your wolf bag, cheers Marie

  • abbie says:

    What fun you all are having in the new snow! We have had a ton of snow for a while but with the extremely cold temps we have had lately unfortunately my girls are not getting to enjoy it too much. I have seen the idea of bringing the snow inside before; filling up a bathtub has been mentioned, but I am just too scared of the potential wet, cold, melting mess. I know, I am such a wimp!

    • Cheryl says:

      There wasn’t a lot of mess. Far less than painting. Apart from emptying trays of melted water, there wasn’t any clearing up to do. I think they treated it with respect because the cold kept reminded them. Not sure I fancy filling the bath. Brr!

  • rae says:

    that last photo is awesome!! i want some snow to play in! i have wanted to make these lanterns, too. i am doing it next time, thanks for the inspiration. happy solstice!

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