It snowed! It snowed! We’re been in the UK for nearly three years and it finally snowed. Each year we’ve had a bit of a sprinkling but this year we got 7cm of snow and it didn’t melt for an entire week! Temperatures dropped to minus nine and that’s officially the coldest I’ve ever seen it since we’ve been here.
I’m the kind of person who incessantly peeks out the window to see if it is snowing yet. I stayed up until 4am on Saturday to see if it would snow. (Actually, I just had a lot of work to finish. I would have gone to bed earlier.) At four in the morning, I saw the snow starting to settle. Relieved that I finished my work AND that I saw the snow, I went to bed with a happy heart.
Seth woke me up at 6am. I was REALLY hoping he’d be cool and sleep until 8am… it was Saturday, after all, but alas. I walked into his, far brighter than usual, bedroom and he kept saying “mamma, mamma, mamma” and pointed his cute little finger at the window.
His cot is next to the window and he sometimes pulls the curtains open. He did it on this Saturday and must have seen the snow, which is probably why he never went back to bed, like he normally does. My heart burst with pride that he had noticed the snow falling. I scooped him up and in my excitement I shouted “Holy shit, Charl! Come look at all the snow!” and then apologized to Seth for swearing.
It was white as far as the eye could see. Even the hills that mark the start of High Wycombe, were white. The snow was falling in big, thick clumps and there was A LOT of it coming down very quickly. If I was better acquainted with snow I may have called it a snow storm but really, I don’t have a clue.
After the three of us were done staring out the window, we went downstairs for breakfast. It felt like we were on holiday. Sure, it was Saturday, but it felt different. I was so glad that our weekly food shop was delivered the day before. Everything we needed was right here, and we had no plans to leave the house.
We opened all the curtains in the house to make sure we could see the snow at all times. We watched movies and drank hot chocolate. Seth had his fairy tea (rooibos tea) in his sippy cup. I think he knew it was a special day. He was very cuddly, which is unusual for him.
Around lunch time, we dressed up in loads of layers, and went outside to look at the snowmen and take some photos. The snow hadn’t stopped falling all morning and it felt like it was getting thicker with each minute, so we went back inside. Charl got some great shots of Seth and I which I’ve already printed out and stuck on the fridge.
Seth went down for his afternoon nap and slept for three whole hours – also very unusual for him. Charl and I dozed off on the couch half way through a movie, but it was still light outside and still snowing.
It felt as though time had stood still that Saturday. Maybe it’s because we had a proper “do nothing day” and weren’t running errands that made time feel like it was passing slower than usual. I honestly don’t know. What I do know is, is that it was one of the best days of 2017.