But and there always has to be a but, we live in a country that's got out of the habit of snow. I remember as a child and teenager we used to have proper snow and the first house we lived in used to have huge icicles hanging off the veranda and roof and amazing frost patterns on the windows. Great fun for us but a nightmare for Mum and Dad with 2 small children in a huge old victorian house with no central heating and 2 gas fires! One year it got so deep that the farm kids couldn't get into school and our teacher - who was a bit nutty and into projects that had a class of 7 year olds planning to track and catch Nessie - had the inspired idea of doing a real life "how eskimo's live" project..... So we duly spend every afternoon out on the field building an igloo - which finally melted in April!! I don't think anyone of us in his class will ever forget it!
Now children are kept in on "health and safety grounds".... makes you wonder if the pendulum has swung too far really!
My only frustration with snow is its wheelchair unfriendliness - maybe they should make it part of the new "Single Equality Legislation" that snow has to fall in an accessible manner...... problem is by putting on here some civil service type will probably think its a good idea!! So if it does fall here I'll be confined to base for a few days at least. Did suggest my friend lent me her shitzu puppy and I could turn him into a sled dog and put ski's on my manual wheelchair but oddly she wasn't too keen! Am fortunate in that I do have good neighbours who would help if asked, plus friends who would also get me supplies if needed and now we also have online shopping. But there are lots of people in this country who aren't so fortunate, so if you know a neighbour isn't so good on their legs, they might well appreciate a tap on the door to see if they need anything at the shops if you're going. And you never know, you might also make a new friend or two as well :-)
Anyhow..... for those of you who are getting out there and playing in it, have done a trawl of Folksy and found a few people from the December Elves listings club who have some fab winter warmers for keeping the chill away:
|Bits and Bobs Crafts - Floral Chunky Hat in Vintage Yarn|
I have to start with Sharne as she was first off the blocks with these lovely hand warmers - fingers free for modelling your snowman's features :-)
|White Chunky Handwarmers - Creative Knits|
And this one is perfect for keeping your toddler toasty:
|Child's Hat - Uniquely Yours|
And this hat is lovely for Mum!
|Wooly Hat with Ear Flaps - Loves a Good Yarn|
And to keep your neck warm, a scarf in my favourite colour:
|Knitted Scarf - All Things Blankets and More|