Oh! Snow where are you? Its incredibly frustrating to have this driech, dark skies and cold to the bone weather. A good dump of snow would bring so much pleasure! Ok! You frumps out there, I can here you are saying ‘she’s mad’, but to be honest, the last time we had snow that landed and wasn’t mush 2 minutes later, was I think 2010, when this header picture was taken. Well, all I can remember was being outside every single day, sledging down Sandy’s Hill, snowball fights, snowmen and igloo making, of course it helped that the kids couldn’t go to school, oh! What a shame, no it’s not! The memories made over that winter will be in their memory banks for life, and mine, family bonding, so precious in this day of computer games and consoles. I can remember (see I’m doing it now!) Seeing families out on the hill, families getting together, we live on the park so my house was hot chocolate haven. Oh! Bring me some snow.
The other upside of this wish, is the return of community spirit, just a few short weeks, but nevertheless, it was there. Five of us digging the District Nurse out, pushing her car up the road, going into the primary school, with 2 of my kids who were at the High School, and the one who was the pupil with us as a family with other families, getting stuck in to clear the paths, the main reason for the school being closed. We did it, all very jolly, hot chocolates abound by the Janny, didn’t do any good no sooner had we left, another storm came….Yep! Covered it up. But hey we tried. Neighbours helping each other with their cars, when it was only a slight possibility of getting out of a street that was imprisoned by two small hills. People sharing stories and equipment, still have a shovel a chap left me to use to help someone when he had to go, he never came back for it. Maybe I’ll see him when some snow appears!
Now, gardening, well it is a gardening blog, snow would be wonderful, what you don’t realise is my main worry is that this constant level of water falling, not drying, as the sun has clearly forgotten where we are, means my poor herbaceous plants are sitting in a soggy mess! Nutrients being leached from my soil all day, not good. A good dump of snow would solve the problem, it creates a lovely blanket which, on the whole, insulates the blighters roots and crowns, with the ground freezing nothing is leached, but the soil and the plants are protected, then when our wet spring appears like last year it’s not so bad, but this and wet spring OMG! Devastation abounds. My poor plants.