Let it snow!

It can’t have escaped anybody’s attention, that we have had a reasonable fall of the white stuff over the past couple of days.

And whilst it looks pretty and it gets the kids and the dog excited, I hate it.

Yes, it was great when I was young and I can remember being out in it all the time back in the early seventies – that’s when we had proper snow… and at Christmas too.

But once I grew up (last Tuesday), I took a real dislike to the stuff.  And, as I’ve got older, I’ve come to dislike it more and more.

And there are two main reasons for this:

  1. It’s cold.  I hate the cold. I used to relish it, but not so much nowadays.  Actually, I don’t like the heat either – I’m more of a temperate kind of guy: 20 degrees is the Goldilocks zone, for me.
  2. It disrupts my journey to work.  As if I don’t spend enough time sitting in traffic as it is, a half inch of snow will double or triple my journey time, because we are rubbish at driving in the snow.

Whenever snow falls, I literally dread having to drive to work.

But, every cloud has a silver lining:

We are in lockdown and I am working from home.  I can sit in the warm comfort of my home office, with a nice cup of tea, looking out the window (because that’s what I normally do at work) and thoroughly enjoy the snowy spectacle outside. No having to defrost the car for fifteen minutes before I start; no sitting in a line of traffic en-route to the motorway, because some silly sod is just sat spinning his wheels as he tries to get up the slip road; no frustration at being stuck for hours on the M25 because a lorry has jack-knifed 30 miles ahead of me on the other carriageway.

Nope, just me and a cup of tea and a lovely view out the window as the sun rises.

I don’t know if any more snow is forecast, but if so, bring it on!

11 Comments

  1. Alan

    Did not get any here on the coast. I would have liked to see some. It landed a few miles up the road.
    The real bonus with snow in the garden is at least you can see where the dogs have left their last meal.

    • Masher

      People like/dislike snow for their own different reasons.
      I would say yours is probably more different than most!

  2. Dave

    I remember quite a lot of snow when I was younger. Rarely at Christmas though, much more often at Easter. What is that about? When was the last time you saw an Easter card with a snowy hill far away! Anyway, glad you didn’t have to drive in it.

    • Masher

      Don’t suppose you see much of it nowadays, Dave, at your new location.
      Even at Easter.

      • Dave

        Had I been able to attach a photo I could have showed you are garden under snow last week. We don’t get a lot in the village as most if it falls on the Pyrenees but this year we had a proper snow fall.

  3. Jules

    I know what you mean about temperate. I would say that abut 22 is my ideal. No rain, a very gentle breeze and I’m good for anything.

    I do like the snow but only if I don’t have to travel in the car for all the reasons you mentioned. I do love to walk in it though, especially as it’s just falling and you can look up at all the snow flakes and feel ever so slightly trippy.

    • Masher

      I do like walking in fresh, virgin snow: the whump whump noise of my boots and leaving the trail of my size 12s behind me.
      However, that disappears after about 20 mins and I’m glad to get back indoors.
      And 24 hours later, after it has iced up overnight and turned into a noisy, slushy, treacherous mess… nah.

  4. Rajesh Kumar

    Great pic Mark! is that your dog walk? I did enjoy going out in the snow during the day with Aditi.. My wishlist for snow is that it should always follow the same routine as it did this time .. wake up with it on a late sunday morning and by late afternoon its already melted away. No panic, no travel and possibly no shopping trip. This can continue for a post lockdown scenario as well.. 🙂

    • Masher

      I wish that was my dog walk, Rajesh! No, that’s just a pic that I nicked off the web.
      Your snow routine sounds perfect… have a word with the weather forecasters to see if they can do anything about it.

  5. Brennig

    The dogs *love* snow. The snowier the betterer. They’re very fond of a heavy frost, but snow is the mutt’s nuts. Erm. Sortov

    • Masher

      Yep, my dog loves snow too. There are times when we have returned from a walk, where she has been running in the snow, and there is compacted snow/ice between the pads on her feet. Must be bloody freezing, but it doesn’t seem to bother her at all.

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