Leaving the Back Door Open

DSCN1570After the rain and snow showers on Thursday night which provided the setting for yesterday’s snowy foliage day there was very little change until the evening, and we felt we had got away lightly, seemingly on the border between the rain of the south and the heavy snow further north. The snow began again in the evening, still driven in from the east by the cold wind that had chilled us during the day, and continued during the night, but a drier powdery snow that settled to leave several inches by the morning. The wind had dropped, however, and the chill had gone, and the roads and paths soon began to turn slushy; untouched in the garden, though, it remains peaceful and picturesque and the snow showers that have continued through the day seem somehow gentler and non-threatening. The snow in January was harsher, crisper and definitely colder – this is very different now, but only since the wind dropped. It’s as if spring has accidentally left the back door open.

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27 Responses to Leaving the Back Door Open

  1. Hannah says:

    You’ve made me realise that the deluge of rain we’re having is mild in comparison to your weather. I hope your’s improves, it is beautiful though!

    • Cathy says:

      And we have had it mild compared to further north – just the vagaries of UK weather! Thanks for dropping in, Hannah, and hope you are not washed out with your rain. Whereabouts are you?

      • Hannah says:

        In Ireland, all our daffodils have been up for ages which I gather hasn’t happened over there yet. I was fooled into thinking the weather was mild enough to plant out my carrot seedlings a few weeks ago and of course the frost has got them!

        • Cathy says:

          Oh dear – there’s a lesson to be learned about the carrots! I wonder why your daffodils are earlier than here? I know Ireland is generally wetter, but we have certainly not been short of rain – the verges and traffic islands in parts of our local town are thickly planted with various daffodils and they are not fully out yet either

  2. Oy. Just learned they are predicting snow for tomorrow.

  3. There is no letting up is there! Whilst it’s lovely to see a light covering of snow – winter, never mind the snow, just seems to go on and on. Hope it hasn’t done too much damage in your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t think of it as being winter now, despite the snow – I suppose because I know there are lots of spring flowers underneath the blanket πŸ™‚

  4. I see you’re becoming quite the garden photographer. I’ll have to come to you for advice on that next. Really like the image of the bird house!

  5. Holleygarden says:

    Quick! Tell spring to close the door! πŸ˜‰ I’m so tired of winter. While we don’t have snow, it’s getting cold here and will freeze tonight!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, they say the ‘real feel’ is much lower than the actual temperature, but in the last couple of days we haven’t had that really bitter cold that we had before. Hope you are keeping warm!

  6. Anna B says:

    I’m sick of that door being left open!!! I love your pink summer house? Gorgeous!

    • Cathy says:

      We call it the ‘sitooterie’ and painted it pink to match the house – not what our neighbours would have chosen! When I see spring I shall pass on your comments about the door πŸ™‚

  7. It is amazing to see the winter and the snow crowd out everything.

  8. Pauline says:

    Watching the news last night I felt for all of you that have had snow. We were in Gloucestershire yesterday at a cousins 50th, my other cousin from Glasgow and uncle from the Lakes, thank goodness decided not to come, I doubt if they would have got home! Please can we have some nice spring weather soon and close that door Cathy!!!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – and yet I am convinced it is a ‘different sort ‘ of snow, perhaps because the early spring flowers just seem to accept it as a minor but chilly inconvenience. Hope your journey was OK yesterday – did you stay overnight?

  9. Snow has to be one of the few ‘weathers’ be have where it directly affects our daily lives.
    Luckily I’ve never had to deal with floods, or wind damage to my property, so I guess you could treat snow as a passive-aggressive effect of weather on our lives.

    Traveling is very difficult, although not impossible here, however I am now 3 weeks behind when I would normally sow some seeds, and all my plans and jobs for my garden are on hold. I’ve got time booked off work so I could get on with stuff around the house, but because I have a similar scene to you outside, I am stuck in a perpetual limbo.

    Bugger.
    Keep Warm.

    • Cathy says:

      That says it all! Perhaps plant things in the comfort of the house and put up with falling over seed trays until the weather improves? I must admit my feelings towards the snow are different since I finished going out to work – hope you enjoy your days off despite the rest of the weather πŸ˜‰

  10. croftgarden says:

    Weather League
    Big Island 0 – Outer Islands 1
    Sorry we win in the weather stakes again.
    Not gloating, honest!

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