February 5, 2012
It feels like Saturday but the clock tells me it’s Sunday now so it is already J’s birthday. How 15 years have flown with the one who was a boy of few words and is now nearly a man and still of few words. It was cold like it is now when he was born too and I carried him in a rebozo under a huge overcoat of my grandad’s to keep his skinny limbs from freezing.
Later on he will have his favourite dinner followed by a mayonnaise chocolate cake with whipped cream on the side. The girls will make a huge fuss and he will be underwhelmed but happy.
The freezing temperatures have enabled the girls to try out something I saw
on Pinterest somewhere:
They only needed all this stuff to make the ice bowls
They set it all up at about 5pm on Friday and by 11pm that night the water was already well frozen and Mr G got in the car to see how cold it was… -7! Living in a river valley keeps us a bit warmer but not that much.
This morning they pushed the ice out of the containers and watched them all day as they melted a little bit but not completely then became filled with snow. Miss Froo couldn’t find her mittens so I made another pair – my only FO this week. If you missed my how to sew mittens tutorial my biggest tips are to use a zipper foot and sew the seams then cut the fleece afterwards. The thumb and other curves are tricky to sew without going off the edge and pinning the two layers together makes this easier to handle. Get your zipper foot out and start sewing!
The snow was dry and easy to play with until it got dark but now it is melting and everything is dripping. We’ll wait and see if it freezes tomorrow but in case it does I’ve moved the car up the road onto a flat road so that we can get out if we need to. Last year when the weather was bad I ended up leaving the car here at the bottom of the hill for nearly two weeks as I didn’t want to risk driving up one icy hill and down another to the main road which was well salted and clear.
Keep warm and sleep tight.
January 11, 2010
It started snowing on Tuesday afternoon and I have never seen so much snow in my life. I’m a southerner and when it snows on the coast it barely sticks and is quickly shooed away by the salty winds.
All the hebes in our front garden were hidden,
My veg patch disappeared,
the main road was hard to distinguish from the path and everywhere was still and quiet.
This massive snowball started life as the bottom of a snowman on Thursday, grew bigger and moved along the road on Friday
and by Saturday had been re-purposed by one of my sons and his friends into a little hidey hole. Those zebra bits on the end of her arms are quick mama-made fleece mittens
What is amazing to me is that away from the roads the snow is light and fluffy unlike snow we have had here before. Days after it fell it could still be kicked and shuffled through almost like sand which the girls loved because they could fall into it face down and not get too wet.
They are now big fans of waterproof trousers despite them being blue not pink or red and I have worn more clothes at once than I ever have. They say there is no reason why warfarin should make you feel cold but I am feeling the cold more keenly than I ever have before.
December 22, 2009
We had snow yesterday – not as much as in other places but enough to have the kids squealing with delight.
The birds here are getting a bit chilly too and foraging for food where they can. This is our berberis hedge or what is left of it in winter once the sawflies have had two pops at it. Can you see the birds?
My eldest has had an idea about making badges to sell for a while now and finally put his money where his mouth is on ebay last week to order some badge making equipment. It arrived this morning and after a call to the supplier to work out what we were doing wrong he soon had his siblings drawing circles on paper to cut and make badges from.
Yet another job which can only be done between food on the kitchen table
A special one from big sister to small sister