It shouldn’t come as such a surprise that it has snowed in London overnight, after all, Britain is placed in the northern hemisphere, and for the rest of the world it is only natural that it’s winter here during the winter – but not so for the Britons. Every time it snows here in London, it comes as a huge surprise, people are stuck in cars overnight, lots of unnecessary accidents happens and there are huge delays on roads, airports, rail and other public services – if they are open at all. Schools get closed, because teachers can’t get to work, and if they can get to work they won’t allow the children into school for health and safety reasons – the children could fall over in the snow you know…..
This is my 13th winter here in London, and I have lost count of how many of them with snow, but I think we are about half and half by now, with the last 4 years in a row with quite a lot of snow on the ground for many days. You see, that’s why snow here in southern England is such a problem; there is so little of it! When it doesn’t snow every winter, and only for a few days those winters it does snow, no-one gets used to the snow and no-one really knows how to behave on wintery roads. I for one am not going to wish for more of it, after having grown up in Norway and seen and shovelled more than enough snow to last me a lifetime I am very happy with not seeing snow ever again. But countries that have proper winters every year and know what to expect, do handle wintery weather better than countries like Britain, where it seems to come as a big shock and horror every year…..
But it was too dark to take much detailed photos in the middle of the night, even here in London where it never really gets proper dark, so I waited for daylight and went out again with my camera. OK, I know, most people would have gone to bed and then got up early, but I am not most people….and I really don’t do early mornings, so I preferred to stay up and then go to bed :-) The next set of photos are from around 8:30 this morning, it was very quiet this Sunday morning, no-one seemed to be up yet, except for my cat, which you can see from the tracks in the snow. The snow also made all the noises of the city seem quieter than normal, as if a huge duvet surrounded the lot and softened everything.
|The garden, covered in snow.|
|We got 12-14cm snow overnight, on this table I keep one of my Bonsai trees. You can hardly see it for all the snow!|
|Daffodils, some of them barely above the snow.|
|My holly tree has lots of berries this winter; the branches are laden with snow right now.|
|What’s under this pile of snow? I can’t really remember! My garden looks so different with this white duvet covering the whole of it.|
|Look at my camellia! Some of the branches are so weighed down with snow I am afraid they might break.|
|And guess what this is? My strawberries! I think they will be OK, it’s better to get frost and snow this early than later in the season. The latest we have had snow here in London when I have lived here is 6th April!|
That was a short stroll in my wintery garden and depending on the temperature the next few days the snow might lie for a week or two, or it could be gone by tomorrow. Looking at the forecast I think we will be burdened with some of it for quite a few days. The snow can look exquisite and turn a bleak garden into a magical crystal place, but to be quite frank, I would swap for a tropical hot place any day! The cold weather is eating into my sore joints and I never feel really warm. I think we humans should hibernate when living in inhospitable places like here in Northern Europe; just like sensible animals do! Would suit me just fine :-) I have no idea if the next set of photos from my garden will be with or without snow, I guess you will just have to come back and see, until next time, take care :-)