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Day 3 of Snow

Day 3

Cabin fever broke out among the ranks today. Supplies are still holding up, but I made the mistake of mentioning that butter rationing may be implemented. This was enough to spur the only other driving licence holder to clear the drive in record breaking speed, jump into the car and disappear down our snow laden lane. Something about picking up running shorts as well.

He’s back now. Reports of quiet roads, and metre and a half snow drifts on the verges. Empty bread shelves (glad I can make my own). He did pick up running shorts too. I’m sure that will add valuable data to the shop’s sales figures for today: a zillion snow shovels, a lorry full of bad-weather footwear and …….. one pair of running shorts. I see heads being scratched. Continue reading


Yesterday morning, we stood watching out of the kitchen window. A goldcrest was working its way up and down the box hedge. Drawn closer to the house than I’ve ever seen this tiny bird, it was systematically, and with the air of urgency, checking every spider web it could find. There was a lull in the snow, but still bitterly cold.

I hope it found enough.

Like the rest of the UK, we’ve had it cold this week. Not as cold as some, and until yesterday, it was dry and windy only. We had time to check provisions. Rearranging and setting up so that everyone could work from home. It might snow, but life goes on and we have never had living in the sticks stop us for long.

It snowed pretty much all day, yesterday. A foot and a bit drifts. Our flat front garden isn’t flat any more, as Blue found out this morning. As I write, the rest of the family are digging out the drive, to avoid the ice rink we’ve had in previous years. One frozen pipe was sorted before it became a problem. Continue reading

Happy St David’s Day 2018

Celebrating welsh roots today. Dug out past years’ crafts, as no time to add to them this year. Welsh peg dolls, felt leek brooches and my needlefelted red dragon are in the middle of the table today.  Also a plate piled high with homebaked welsh cakes was conquored.

The expressions on the little welsh ladies always make me smile. Can’t help adding a caption.

“Nerys had to smile. Blodwen was still under the impression that it was Norbert the dragon who had eaten the last of her welsh cakes, and left her none, but Nerys knew different. Blodwen and Norbert were no longer talking. Nor was Blodwen pacified by the suggestion that leeks would make a good alternative for tea.”

(Nerys might not be the only one to hide a few cakes for later. Hee hee!)

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

Anyone else celebrating? Or just fancy a welsh cake anyway?

(How to make: welsh peg dolls, felt leeks, welsh cakes.)

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