So the thaw begins…

The sun has come out today and the snow is falling off branches and roof tops. From the quiet of a snow lined world, it is suddenly very noisy as the melting snow hits the ground. It crackles and thuds. I couldn’t resist rushing out and taking some photos.

I love the effect of the sun light on the snow. We had a few more inches of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, which has covered up the footprints and blown around creating a bumpy surface. I’ll get these photos out next time I do a snow craft activity with the children, to remind them that snow is not always smooth.

With all the extra snow, our snowman literally grew fatter before our eyes, with no help from us. His hat is covered in snow.

We’ve been spotting the tracks in the snow, but I’ll admit this one has baffled me. It is new and more than an arm’s length from any footprints. No trees overhead, just random straight lines about 20cm long.

They form a trail curving off to the blackcurrant bushes. Mysterious.

I suspect that the snow will be off the roof before the day is out. On the radio this morning, they were talking about the inevitable floods that will follow. (Like we haven’t had enough of those.) Someone was suggesting that if we made armies of snowmen, which would thaw more slowly as they are more compact, then it would lessen the surge of thawed water. I couldn’t help smiling at the thought of armies of school children being bused around the place to make snowmen. Or at the PhD students calculating how big these snowmen would have to be per square metre of snow laden, at-risk land. Cute idea, but probably not practical.

edited: We went out and investigated after school. There are power lines crossing the garden near the trail. It may be ice and snow being blown off the wires. Maybe the wires were swinging so the ice didn’t fall directly underneath. I was surprised that the lines in the snow are not parallel to each other.May be to do with the tumble. Also the trail vers away from the line above, but it’s the most feasible explanation we could come up with.

10 thoughts on “So the thaw begins…

  • Thursday 24 January, 2013 at 1:25 pm
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    Love those bumpy snow landscapes, what odd lines (?).

    Mostly thawed here, and welcoming colour back into the world.

    • Thursday 24 January, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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      Not clear yet. Still a thick covering everywhere. At least the roads are clear.

  • Thursday 24 January, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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    I’m also mystified by the tracks in the snow, I’ve sat and pondered on what they could be and can’t come up with anything. All I thought was it might be a tail mark but then the little feet marks would be there also. I’ve looked up tracks and there’s nothing like it there.
    Oo arh, they might be extra terrestrial…lol
    Do let my know if you find out
    Briony
    x

    • Thursday 24 January, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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      I think we’ve solved the mystery. I’ve added the explanation to the bottom of the post. 🙂

  • Friday 25 January, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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    the “army of snowmen” idea made me laugh!

    • Friday 25 January, 2013 at 9:48 pm
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      It would be a fantastic sight.

  • Saturday 26 January, 2013 at 12:27 am
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    Oh my goodness… I love your house!!! But we just could not survive your cold… nope!!! It all looks so very pretty and so cold!!! Hope you have a cosy weekend!!!

    • Saturday 26 January, 2013 at 9:59 am
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      😀 It is cold. A big contrast to your summer. We have blue sky today which lifts the spirits. Have a lovely weekend.

  • Monday 28 January, 2013 at 7:15 pm
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    I adore your idea of making an army of snowmen… I can just see it!

    • Tuesday 29 January, 2013 at 9:22 am
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      Heavens! I lay no claim to the idea. It would be fun to see.

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