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Saturday, January 19, 2013

London is reeling under at least three inches of snow. Your intrepid reporter was at Sainsbury's yesterday night in the last flurry, stocking up on non-perishable foods and toastable bread in case she was unable to open the door this morning. So were a couple of hundred other people. Ah, the siege mentality.

And what a sight met Londoners' eyes this morning. We drew back our curtains on the same three inches of snow that fell yesterday and not a flake more. Pretty . . . er, well, just pretty.

Well, by 10am it was time to sort out the snow queens from the the slush puppies. Having put on 14 layers of clothing, three scarves, the obligatory woolly 'at, and rescued her gloves from beneath the feline glove-warmer, your reporter struggled in a death-defying trek to the post office up the road. Terrifyingly, other people were taking the same risks, in spite of the Dire Warnings yesterday about bad weather (in at least one London office, a group of five staff spent their lunchbreak on a roof terrace building a snowman, that's how bad it was) . . .

Look, I can't keep it up. Yes, it has snowed here in London but not much, at least not yet. Enough to make you grateful for a warm home and warm clothes.

And that you're not a small bird.

I walked to one of the local parks and took some photos. Comparisons with Breughel are unnecessary thank you. He did it first and best and in oil paint, after all. There were a dozen yetis, some still under construction by artists of all ages.

Only one three-year-old was manifestly unimpressed by the snow, owing to the closure of the children's playground for safety reasons. The rest were perfectly happy playing with the snow. The carrot on this bench gave me a moment's pause, then I realised I was looking not at a carrot, but at a nose.

I saw several semi-freddo dads lugging kids on sledges.

Happiest were the dogs.

It doesn't take much to make a dog revert to wolf and the ones that I saw were reverting so fast it made my head spin. There was a convocation in the middle of what is normally a cricket pitch, chasing one another round, spinning off, returning to bowl one another over and in at least one case LBW.

I'm sure it'll wash off.

Once it thaws.

I was contemplating Epping forest in the snow but there is genuinely more forecast so I'm going to wait till the sky is clear. At the moment we have thick soft unbroken lilac cloud.

And fluffy white snow.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CELEST 2/18/2013 11:35AM

    You have a HUGE following, it takes half an hour to scroll down to add how much I enjoyed reading your blog emoticon

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JENAE954 2/17/2013 6:01PM

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WENDYANNE61 2/17/2013 11:17AM

    Brillant - and you survived to tell the tale! Hope you took a day off today and had a nice hot bath etc.! emoticon

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DEBPRE16 2/2/2013 2:00PM

    Glad you had such a nice walk in the snow.

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THEBEV2 1/29/2013 8:52PM

    SENIMMO - I bet most folks who read your response don't know what broomball is:). You will need to explain. My husband is an ex player. Having a large Canadian population in Southern Maine, we had a league. However anyone outside Maine I've ever met has never heard of it. Those suction cups come in mighty handy on the ice lol. I bet CHICCHANTAL would love a pair for her winter walks. And welcome back CHICCHANTAL - I am among your legions of fans and I was missing your entertaining and beautiful blogs. They truly are a bright spot in my day.

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SJKENT1 1/29/2013 12:42PM

    We got about 5 more inches yesterday. Finally getting snow in our area. It's been much more mild, except for the week of below zero weather. Normally in our area we see about 130-150 inches from November to April/May.

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BKNOCK 1/29/2013 10:39AM

    Nice pictures! Glad you ventured out. We had an ice storm here.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/29/2013 12:04AM


But I always think the same thing about the poor animals. Glad I'm not out there with them! We got snow around here recently, and my mother kept going out to the back yard to knock the ice out of the bird bath and pour in hot water. All the birds LOVED having some nice hot water to warm up by!

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QUAIL75 1/28/2013 4:09PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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GOODWITCH333 1/28/2013 2:53PM

    Wonderful Pictures! Your Robins are so tiny compared to our Canadian Robins ( who fly south for the winter). I love the thought of the dogs romping! Dogs love snow. It makes them silly! emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 1/28/2013 12:59PM

    what beautiful pictures

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FIRECOM 1/28/2013 11:38AM

    We miss having snow days. Not much chance of that here in Phoenix. Glad you had a grand time.

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BESSHAILE 1/28/2013 6:55AM

    Must be snow all over the world - ours came on Friday - but it's pretty much gone now. Just the cold is left.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/27/2013 11:32PM


Glad you're handling
the winter well

Winter is a THIRD OVER !

Have a Marvelous Monday !

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MARIANNE9855 1/26/2013 6:17PM

    I love your blog- you are such a picturesque writer- could completely imagine what you were seeing and doing. Since my family seems to live on old BBC comedies- appreciate the reports of what you see and do. emoticon

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WALKIN4JEANIE 1/26/2013 3:56PM

    I totally enjoyed this today! I live in North Carolina where we were pelted (literally) with ice yesterday. My area was coated with about an inch of the stuff. The sun finally came out this afternoon and has transformed it all into a watery mess. The ground is now all soggy and muddy. I enjoyed looking at your pictures of the beautiful snow! emoticon

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LOUISE3518 1/26/2013 9:36AM

  emoticon It's cold.... and I have to keep my head inside my shell.... so I can't get ahead... right now. emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 1/25/2013 10:34PM

    Lovely pictures. I've missed your blogs thx.

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JANETTEB553 1/25/2013 8:00PM

    emoticon you will have to chase the cats around the house.... emoticon

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OPENESS 1/25/2013 3:46PM

  I live in middle tennessee and it rained ice over the morning . last week we had wonderful looking iced branches silvery in the cloudy chainlink fenced was iced and the bridges and overpasses were sure was beautiful...but I didn't drive in it...thanks for the pics

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TORTISE110 1/25/2013 5:51AM

    You do such a great job with photo blogs! I hope you have been able to get around in the snow now.

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LOOKSLIKELILY 1/25/2013 5:28AM

    It looks like we have had a lot more snow than you (here in the West Midlands) with more to come. We had about a foot in total, over the course of a week - with some melting just a little before being replaced but still the over reaction to every new flurry was comical. Ermahgerd tha snooow!

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JADASMOM2 1/24/2013 3:51AM

  I loved your blog! I was absolutely DELIGHTED to see it. I really missed your blogs & I hope that you're going to continue.

I love snow! Here in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA we have snow on the ground. Unfortunately, it has lost its beauty because I live in a small town & snow gets dirty very fast.

Thanks for your blog.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/23/2013 10:13AM

    Tee hee hee! Enjoy it while it lasts!

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GOANNA2 1/23/2013 1:25AM

    Our roving intrepid reporter is back. Thank you so much
for sharing the beautiful walk .. I am wiping my brow here as
it is so hot and humid and I am pretending I am there playing
in the snow to cool off. I'm glad you're back as I was somehow
unsubscribed emoticon from your blogs.

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JANEMARIE77 1/22/2013 5:20PM

    oh i want snow I live in the north east of the US but no snow yet emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 1/22/2013 3:10PM

    Thank you so much for the weather report. We haven't had snow here is a couple of weeks but there is still snow on the ground because it has been so cold. It finally warmed up a bit toward the end of last week. Hubby & I walked on Saturday and I'm going to try to walk a bit today if it isn't too muddy. I didn't wear my boots so I'll have to see.

Sure did enjoy your blog. I miss your entertaining stories.

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4KWALK 1/22/2013 1:42PM

Wow is it great to read your blogs again and see your photo trips. We are once again covered with snow here in eastern Nova Scotia. Third time in 6 days that we need to be plowed out. Only 57 more days until spring....... emoticon

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SARAALINE 1/22/2013 12:46PM

    So jealous. Where I live ("Hampton Roads," Virginia, USA) is a delightfully toasty 31oF (-.5C) today and we have no snow! At these temperatures, I would like some snow, a warm house, fuzzy socks and steaming mug of tea that never gets cold. Make sure you have plenty of milk and sliced bread!

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SHIMMYSHAKER 1/22/2013 12:36PM

    Here in Michigan, in the US, it's a toasty 5F!
Today, I am wearing a pair of fleece-lined leggings, a pair of sweatpants, and a pair of jeans over those; a t-shirt (my workout shirt), a thermal undershirt over that, and soon enough, a work shirt.

I'll also be donning a thick hoodie, a peacoat, a hat, a scarf, a pair of stretchy gloves, my Christmas mittens...and my boots, of course!

Stay warm, and enjoy!

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    Love your pics. Keep warm.

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BMCKEOW1 1/21/2013 1:36PM

    I was in London over the summer for a week and it rained almost every day. Everyone we ran into kept saying it was so unlike the normal weather they had there. Guess it's going to be that way with winter to. Enjoy it though it looks like so much fun.

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PATTISTAMPS 1/21/2013 12:58PM

    Having grown up with snowy winters, I don't miss them! But this is a lot of snow for London, and I am sure there is a lot of fun to be had... Enjoy it while it lasts!

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STOPTHECRAVING 1/21/2013 10:09AM

    Love it! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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MARYDSAN 1/20/2013 8:30PM

    So glad you are back! Missed your reports on your walks. Thanks for sharing your walk and photos. Here in S. Japan, it is definitely not warm or hot now, but definitely no snow-ever (only on the mainland north of us). It is quite chilly in my apt as we have no furnace or heat-only a space heater that I turn off before going to bed.

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LJCANNON 1/20/2013 8:25PM

    emoticon Thank You for risking Life & Limb for this Story and The PICTURES!!! You definitely put Yourself on the line, and I for One appreciate the risks you took!!!

emoticon Might be the Best Snow Report I have seen this Winter!!

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SUNNYWBL 1/20/2013 7:08PM

    Glad you got some snow!

emoticon Here in Minnesota where snow in the winter is a given, is in a great snow drought! 1.3 inches so far in January, which is usually our snowiest month!

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LINDAKAY228 1/20/2013 6:57PM

    Love the pics! Hope you don't get much more and get your chance to get out and hike more. Beautiful to look at though and so many people seem to be having fun in it!

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MARYJEANSL 1/20/2013 5:43PM

  Nice pics - especially of the dogs and kids enjoying the snow. I love snow, so long as I don't have to drive in it. And, living in south Texas, I probably never will.

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MICKEYH 1/20/2013 5:39PM

    Good to hear from you!! I meaning to read your blog. (*^^*) stay warm.

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MARITIMER3 1/20/2013 5:34PM

    Thank you for your pictures of the snow in London. I gather it's quite unusual. I wish we could say the same thing, although this year, so far, we haven't had a lot. However there are still at least 2 1/2 months of winter to look forward to. We were looking at some old pictures the other day, and after one big storm, the piles at the end of our driveway were at least 6' tall, and well over our heads.

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SLIMLEAF 1/20/2013 4:47PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the photos.

Glad to hear that you're not too badly affected by the snow. Up here in the Lake District, we probably have even less than you!

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NELLIEH1 1/20/2013 4:23PM

    Thanks for sharing once again! It's so much fun to read your blogs!

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GUITARWOMAN 1/20/2013 3:46PM

    So glad you are back blogging!

Now. 3 inches in my neck of the woods is called a sunny day!

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EABL81 1/20/2013 3:00PM

    Glad you're back! Pretty pics. I'm glad you didn't get more. Things were equally pretty, but with more consequence over here this weekend. I still don't have power at my house. I bundled up the day after our snowfall, too. The difference is, I was still at home!


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GARDENCHRIS 1/20/2013 1:31PM

    only 3 inches?!? here on the other side of the pond that is a dusting!

I have witnessed 42 INCHES of snow in ONE storm!!! youwzers .... it slowed us down a tad then back to work we go. It has taken me over 90 minutes to go 17 miles in a snow storm ... not a happy camper believe me.

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LYNCHD05 1/20/2013 11:11AM

    For so e reason I have not been alerted to your blogs but found it today. Glad to see you are alive and well stay warm!

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HOLLYM48 1/20/2013 11:07AM

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Enjoy that beautiful stuff! I will hope it melts soon for your sake, because here in Minnesota, it will stick around for at least another 2 to 3 months.

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DEEDAWN2013 1/20/2013 9:35AM

    Loved your snow story! I always enjoy reading your posts. :)

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