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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.
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    1920 days ago
    1920 days ago
    You blogged!!! emoticon Yay!! I have so missed your blogs, Ms. ChicChantal. I understand the siege mentality. If we get even just 1/2 an inch of snow (we don't get much snow), everyone starts driving crazier than usual & there is not a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, or any toilet tissue, to be found in the store. Crazy!!! emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Woo Hoo! You blogged! I too have missed your intrepid reporting. I hope this means you're back in the world of blogging. It's really like not getting my daily phone call from a friend. I am in Mid-Missouri, where it still snows, but not much anymore. We got 2 inches last week, but it all mostly melted, except on the north side of houses, in the shadows. Our town also panics when snow starts to fall. I find all the fuss amusing. I am originally from Chicago, where they never cancelled school, except for one half day during a blizzard, and you had to wait till spring thaw to find your plastic pail, frisbee (who doesn't play frisbee in the snow?), and right mitten. Here they optimistically stock snowblowers in all the home stores, and never sell a single one. I always feel a mad urge to take a bunch of schoolchildren on a field trip to see them up close. I'd explain what the machines are supposed to do, show them pictures of one in use, maybe pull up some footage on You Tube. I can just imaginge their wide-eyed looks of wonder. For them it would be like being introduced to an entirely different culture--the culture of people who have WINTER.
    1920 days ago
    Where I am in Wisconsin USA, we were also supposed to get a LOT of snow Friday. We only ended up getting about an inch and it melted Friday night! But it was enough that I got to wear my broomball shoes from my mother-in-law! YAY! Stay warm and be careful not to slip, I'm sure that ankle is still susceptible to reinjury. emoticon
    1920 days ago
  • JERICHO1991
    nice photos. no snow here right now.
    1920 days ago
    Thanks for the wonderful blog! I have been missing your reports!!!! I was feeling like I lost a friend. Hope all is well with you!
    1920 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Not a blizzard in sight.
    I know you were alright,
    because you had bread
    toast, toast, toast, toast, toast and more toast.

    We have not had much snow here
    as we are in a drought time.
    The farmer's ponds are down by
    1920 days ago
    So glad to 'see' you and as usual I loved the blog. I live in Eastern Virginia, we got hit this week also, not sure how much. In my opinion even an inch is too much!
    1920 days ago
    I'm jealous, we haven't had any snow yet and I love snow! Thank you for sharing your snow!

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    1920 days ago
    Ahhh. it's so good to go walking with you again. I feel like I've been holding my breath just waiting for a lovely hour or so with you.

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou.
    1920 days ago
    I hope you have heat...and hot water...and toasty clothes...and a warm perch to be able to look out at the lovliness!! We really haven't had a decent snow here in a couple of years, and I am missing it! A good 6-10 inches would be wonderful!!
    1920 days ago
    Very nice pics. I remember those days before I moved to GA.

    Thanks for sharing...

    1920 days ago
    Thanks for the snow pictures - just like I like snow - in pictures.
    I'm so glad you are back blogging to all of us! I've missed you!.
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    1920 days ago
    sounds like you had a good day.
    1920 days ago
    And I'm sure lots of people who wish it would go away immediately. emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Snow weather for long lonely hikes.
    Great pics.
    1920 days ago
    Lovely! emoticon
    1920 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    SO pretty, thanks for sharing
    1920 days ago
    It is always delightful to read your blogs and see the pictures!Being from Scandinavia we played in the snow as children,and the winter was very long and cold.Cant's say i miss it...Living in BC Canada, there is a lot less snowy days,wich suits me perfectely fine! emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Great blog! loved the photos. It is warm and sunny here (at least relatively so) -- but it is SUPPOSED be snowy and winter here. It's 50 degrees Fahrenheit at the top of our skiing mountain!
    1920 days ago
    Great read, intrepid reporter...thanks again...loved the pictures
    1920 days ago
    We had about a half inch of snow last week, just lasted for the day. Now it is just cold and foggy here in the Valley, worse in the towns north of us by the water.

    I totally enjoy your blogs so was happy to see you wrote another.

    Have a great weekend.

    , WA USA
    1920 days ago
    Crazy Weather for Londoners! Glad you are out enjoying the winter wonderland.... we have over 2 feet of snow - I have a 4foot deep drift on my front walk to clear and it is minus 25 degrees celcius. Thank goodness the sun is shining - it makes it all look so innocent and fresh out there!!!!
    Stay warm!
    1920 days ago
    Glad to hear you are doing well. Heard on the news that between yesterday and today, 500 flights were cancelled at the London airport, so didn't know how bad it was. May be like Washington D.C. here in the states - city seems to shut down after 1/10 of an inch of snow falls. Here in the midwest it takes at least 6" of snow before people even think of slowing down and driving more cautiously because of possibly slippery road conditions.
    Of course, we haven't had an inch or more of snow in 10 months now. Wouldn't mind getting a couple of inches so the kids can build snowmen and snow forts and go sledding.

    Take care.
    1920 days ago
  • DALID414
    Its been in the 70s for the past 3 days in sunny southern California. I'd forgotten it was winter!
    1920 days ago
    emoticon we have around 14 inches with more to come,lol emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Greetings from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.

    We are supposed to be the land of snow. Have seen very little of it the last two years. London has more than we do!

    1920 days ago
    Delightful pictures to match your 'so nice to read' blog! (As always) ......... And I am glad you are observative enough to point out .......... It was a NOSE, not a Carrot! emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Welcome home. Glad to have you back. It is amazing how people become hoarders the moment a big storm is announced, even if the did the weeks shopping the day before. Nice to know that people are people no matter where in the world they live.
    1920 days ago
    I'm so glad to see you back and blogging, thought I had lost you. I hope you are reveling in the snow. I think you got some of the snow that should have fallen in Chicago! We are in a snow drought. Digging out cars has now become a distant memory. Kids will forget how to sled.....
    1920 days ago
    I was so happy to see a blog from you. I've missed your wonderful blogs. Here in the upstate of South Carolina we had snow forcast for Thursday evening but the moisture left before the cold arrived so we had no snow. Thanks for the great pics - it's as much snow as I want to see.
    1920 days ago
    Hello again, thank you for the post.
    1921 days ago
    How delightful it is to read your blogs and look at your pictures. Thank you.

    Love your descriptions of what you see, and I had to smile when I read that London got a whole 3 inches. Smiled because I used to live in the Memphis, Tennessee area and whenever their weather forecaster even whispers the 's' word people go hysterical. Unfortunately, too many of them also refuse to stay off the roads, thus putting EVERYone in great danger. emoticon So glad I'm back up north where more people know what to do and not do.

    We lived in Huntingdon, north of London, 30+ years ago when England had the worse snow storm in 40 third child was born a couple of days before the storm, and we were safely back home. It sure was deep!

    Congratulations on having a feline glove-warmer - they're so thoughtful. : )
    1921 days ago
    Glad you're back!!! We got pictures of the snow in London on the evening TV here in Colorado. Our yard has been covered with snow since mid December which is unusual for us. Glad you weren't snowed in.
    1921 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    You blogged! Oh, goody! Delightful to hear from you. I wish we had snow, too. Of course, that would be difficult since it has only been below freezing for two nights in a row now. Generally, when it does snow, it's gone by 10:00 in the morning. While I miss snow I can't say I miss the cold weather or the huge heating bills and I've been in a blizzard and I certainly don't miss that or the lack of electricity. It's just that there is something wonderful about watching the snow fall and the world stand still for a moment.

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    Beautiful pictures! We get snow here in Wyoming USA too. It is pretty, but I just don't like driving in it. emoticon When I was growing up in Wisconsin though I really loved it! It meant snowmen,angels in the snow, and sledding! emoticon
    Enjoy and keep safe and warm. emoticon
    1921 days ago
  • LOUISE3518
    Those boots are made for walking..... la dee dah ! WELCOME BACK.... You just put the sunshine back in my world. Now that you are back... I'm already dreading the thought that one day up the road you will decided to stop. I found out something. When you stopped, so did I stop being good... and planning what not to eat. That's not good. It was like pulling a tantrum... because I wasn't getting what I wanted. Gotta learn to be inspired... and be true to myself. What a lesson. Scary one too.
    So glad you are back........... because no one writes a blog as good as you ... FOR ME THAT IS. ;) FOR OTHER PEOPLE TOO I WOULD SAY TOO.
    Ciao bella...... go do your thing, and I'm going to get back to doing my thing. CIAO emoticon
    1921 days ago
    Absolutely love your blogs and pictures. Thanks for the great depictions. emoticon
    1921 days ago
    I love it. Thanks so much.
    1921 days ago
  • DR1939
    Saw pictures of London on the news last night. Good thing you have those new walking boots that are waterproof. They will work great for walking in the snow. In Minnesota we're expecting very low temperatures tomorrow and Monday along with high winds (winds today at 58 km/h and high temp on Monday at -19C). All this while Oz is literally burning up!
    1921 days ago
    Thank you for the Emergency blog : ) We have miss you and your adventures and pictures emoticon Please continue please
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  • DJSHIP46
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  • KIPPER15
    Lovely pictures once again. You must not get much snow if three inches caused this much excitment. I must admit I am clueless about your winter climate, I have only visited in the summer. emoticon
    1921 days ago
    Excellent pics and I've never built a snoan on top of a building--sounds FUN!
    1921 days ago
    Great blog Anne and great pics! emoticon
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  • XTINA46
    Marvelous! There are not many reporters as intrepid (or funny) as you!
    Glad to see emergency snow conditions have spurred your talents to even greater heights!
    1921 days ago
    Love that one of the robin. Venturing to the shops myself in a few minutes.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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