Every winter I grimace when I hear or read the news telling us ‘it’s going to be the worst winter weather this year’.  And every year I hope for no snow.  Snow days are all very well when you don’t have to go anywhere, but when you live in rural areas, my heart sinks.  And yes, we in the UK don’t have snow like elsewhere in the world. But we aren’t used to dealing with it, so we like to moan.  Mostly the snow doesn’t come.

Snow day activities - Bubbablue and me

For the first December in as long as I can remember, we had snow. And not just a sprinkling. It was enough to cause schools to close, and for us to hunker inside the house. Well, we did have to have some outdoor snow fun, inbetween trying to get work done.  Of course the farm work continues so nothing changed for them apart from making it harder to do the work.

We woke to beautiful snow on Sunday.  About a foot of it, and over welly depth in places.  And the snow kept falling through the day and into the night.

trees in snow

snow past the trees

buddleia in snow

garden in the snow

N has seen snow before but the last decent amount was when he was nearly 3.  It seems his love of a broom and shovel has continued since that time because he spent a lot of the afternoons trying to clear some of the drive.

He was out of the house at 8.30 wanting to get outside. Thankfully he’s happy enough pottering around on his own out there, and could entertain himself until I had had my breakfast and was ready to go outside as well.

As a child N has decent waterproofs, and numerous hats and gloves to use. Unlike me, who has a lot of great coats (none of which fit), apart from my new one.  That was great, although adding a scarf made it me even bulkier – I was like Compo from Last of the Summer Wine with another matching scarf wrapped round my stomach ensuring my coat didn’t pop open! Serious diet needed.  I found a hat, but my all my lovely pairs of suede gloves seem to have disappeared, and my snowman building didn’t help my too small leather gloves, one of which is now split.  I must get some more gloves.  Why is it I always spot them in the summer in random places in the house, but when I need them in winter, they’ve got AWOL.

But N and the snow were calling.

Of course when there’s snow, building a snowman is essential.  N was very good at ordering me to do specific things. Our first attempt (under N’s orders) wasn’t that great – piling snow into a mound isn’t the most efficient way of building a snowman.  The snow was great for making snowballs as it compacted really easily, but trying to add facial features to it on a snowman proved very hard.

Our second attempt was much better.  We did the traditional method, making and rolling snowballs up.  1 carrot later and our snowman was complete.

proud of his snowman

putting head on the snowman

carrot on the snowman

next to his snowman

A few snow angels later and N was determined to try sledging. He had to go down to the yard to find the sledges. I didn’t realise we had so many. I think someone handed some down to him. Then the OH found his and his sister’s from their childhood. Who knew plastic sledges would last that long?

making snow angels

flower in the snow

garden in the snow

We headed up to the hill behind us. The sheep stayed well out of the way.  But after trudging up, we couldn’t get the sledges to work.  Even with me trying to push N, the sledge wouldn’t budge.  He just sank into the snow.

walking up the sledging hill

sledge seat

pulling sledges

So it was another walk down the hill again until my brother walked up to us to take N out sledging on a better hill.

N loved the snow.  I didn’t stay out, but N was happy outside for most of the day.  I think he spent about 6-7 hours outside the first day.  All day it snowed, but he wasn’t coming in apart from for meals.

sinking in snow

School ended up closed on the Monday so N spent much of that day out in the snow again.  There was more sledging with his cousin – they took the quad bike up on one of the hills, and got to go down 2 tracks on the sledges that the older cousin created for them.

Once he was back on his own, N decided he was going to clear the drive. Give a boy a spade and broom and he’ll be happy for hours. Not much of the drive got cleared (unsurprisingly), but my car had a bit more space around it.

N wasn’t going to give up on his sledging attempts.  We have some leftover gravel piled up and that turned into N’s impromptu sledging run. He spent about an hour smoothing out the slide.  It didn’t matter that it was only about 1.5 metres, it was a successful ramp and he loved it.  Sitting in the sledge and surfing style.

sledging ramp

sledging at sunset

in the snow in an elf hat

One of the best things about snow is watching children enjoy themselves in it. I’m not a snow fan, but I could watch N playing in it all day.

I’m hoping that’s the only snow we get this winter, but I expect N is hoping for a snow day or two more.

Did you get snow this week?

Country Kids

19 Comments

  1. What a lovely collection of photos, my children would be very jealous of the amount of snow you were lucky enough to get. #countrykids

  2. We didn’t get any snow! So now I have a very upset little man that was desperate for some! He’s hoping it will come again. Although I know what you mean we are quite rural and can’t get out our lane when it snows! x #CountryKids

  3. Wow! You had loads of snow – that was on a par with one of our storms 🙂 We’re lucky that things don’t quite grind to halt here as the infrastructure is great, in the towns and cities at least. The more rural you get, the harder it is. I’m so glad that N had so much fun though, so many great photos! #countrykids

  4. Wow you certainly had a lot of snow. It is magical for the kids and it is lovely to watch them playing out in it. N looks like he had a wonderful time making the most of it. I’m with you on struggling to find all the hats and gloves – they seem to appear more easily when they’re not needed! #countrykids

  5. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Wow it looks like N made the most of the snow! We had a couple of snow days here and we had great fun. We need to get a sledge though! I hope we get more snow! #CountryKids

    • We were lucky with sledges. N was given a few by other farmers’ kids, it is just a case of finding them all.

  6. N certainly made the most of it – and looks like a lot of fun was had. I have a box for all our winter scarves, hats, gloves etc – but they never can seem to keep a set so we were a bit of a mish mash when we went out. #countrykids

  7. Oh you had a fabulous amount of snow! In London it was all quite slushy and wet and melted away pretty quick. I can imagine in rural areas it’s a real nightmare though if you need to get anywhere – I guess you just won’t! #countrykids

    • Yep, we avoid going out where possible. Luckily I can work from home if needed

  8. It must be so magical to have all that space in the snow, heaven. I delegated the snow assisting to his father here and watched on from the warmth of the living room after our 4 hour drive to get back on Sunday! #CountryKids

    • Yes, the fields and freedom to play out is great. It’s also easy enough for him to just play out on his own.

  9. My lot were all upset to see all the snow fun the rest of the country were having whilst we ourselves had blue skies! I’m amazed by how much snow you had, we haven’t had even remotely enough to go sledding in years. N looks like he had a wonderful time exploring the snow, it’s lovely that he took it upon himself to start clearing the drive, even if he didn’t get very far.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • He does love the snow. And always helpful when you have willing child labour!

  10. Glad to see he had so much fun and finally got the sledge to work ! We only got a small amount and it turned to slush after a few hours, much to the kids’ dismay! #countrykids

    • It’s always sad for the children when it goes. Less so for adults who have to drive when it’s snowy

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