Monday, 2 February 2009

Winter Wonderland

As promised, Siberia has sent us a snow storm.

They say this is the worst snowfall in 18 years, but to be honest, I've lived here 20 years and I've never seen anything like it!

Very pretty, of course, and I even enjoyed venturing out in it (complete with three layers plus parka, earmuffs, heavy gloves, and the boots I purchased for the Chicago weather, which I never expected to use here). I joined the other few intrepid souls and took a little walk down to the shops. Half of which were closed!

The "Catford Cat", normally black, turned white.

The reason I had such leisure time to go walking in the snow is because London has ground to a halt. Hence, no trains, no buses, short of walking to work I was never going to make it (nor could anyone else, so my boss wisely decided not to open the office today). As I contemplated the white garden from my kitchen window, I noticed one hardy little kitty (the lively Blackie) wasn't put off by the whole thing.

Last I measured, it was 5 inches. I would hazard a guess that at least a further inch has fallen, and it hasn't stopped yet.

So that's, ooo, a whole half a foot? And I remember drifts of 6 feet, growing up in the Midwest ...

Still, this is unusual for the South East of England, to say the least. I would imagine they don't have quite as many gritters and snow-plow trucks here.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?


  1. My garden looks much like yours. My cats were unimpressed and two of the three refused to leave the house. I had to bring in a temporary litter tray otherwise the soil in my largest plant pot would have been in danger!

  2. Woah, you got snow! But even though it's winter and it's harsh and cold and wet, somehow your words and pictures have a way of turning bleakness into beauty. Interesting only the black cats were out that day. Our "mini-black panther" is ever the curious explorer, unfearing, and the little king of all he purveys, including us :) I'm on to your next post now, curious to find out how long London's hibernation lasted.

  3. It only lasted a week ... we were threatend with more this week, but thankfully it didn't happen!