Friday, March 15, 2013


There were going to be some light snowfalls in some areas on the morrow and it would feel very cold with the level of wind chill, said the weather forecasters .  For sure, we were not expecting to wake up yesterday morning to bright sunshine and 18cm of snow.

My new rotary clothes dryer and  the washing lines were decorated with snow.

The chain link fence has never been blanketed by snow before.  It just shows you how much there was of it, and which way the wind blew as the snow fell and settled.

 This view was not anyway like I had ever seen it; it was like looking at a scene through white ribbons and cream lace.

The Leylandii trees in the neighbouring garden were dressed up to impress.

Usually when the boat is in dry dock its hull is surrounded with the various green shades of grass.  Yesterday it was up to its trailer hubs in the white stuff.

 The white fluffy balls of snow holding on to the failed  loops of the goal net were like enormous  clumps of white bog cotton.


It looked as if the leaves of this hedge were being protected by the snow blanket on the branches.

I often walk past Charlie's field, rarely is it carpeted in such thick snow as this.  Bright and sunny as the day was, it was too cold for the ewes and their little lambs to make an appearance.

The gnarled arched tangle of trees of Taylor's path, attired in their white sleeves, were charmingly transformed. It was a shame to spoil the virgin snow carpet with my footprints. As I stood there, and as if to agree, soft warning snow pads tumbled onto me and my camera.

By early evening most of the snow scape had disappeared, melted by the sun, though, there were signs it had existed.  Some patches of snow remained at the edges of gardens and in fields; car parks that had been cleared still had  one or two soft piles of grubby snow at their corners.  At nightfall it rained.  Today, the bright and magical covering was just a memory... and my pictures are a visual reminder.


The Owl Wood said...

It's magical stuff to look at! When I was a youngling living on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides we used to get some phenomenal snowfalls - in school break-times we'd roll snowballs as large as head-height!

There's probably some law or insurance problem that wouldn't allow that today though!

Jenny said...

Snow like that, that comes and is gone within the day, I can cope with!

ZACL said...
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ZACL said...

There are islands and islands,(U.K 'set in silver sea,' for example) yet, it is always surprising, OW, how much snow can arrive and settle on some islands, where nowhere is very far from the sea.


ZACL said...

I know what you mean Jennyta -- there was enough of the other long lasting variety of snow and ice in in recent times, January this year, and the long harsh winters of 9/10 and 10/11. Beautiful to look at, treacherous to live with.

Anonymous said...

The snow is indeed beautiful to look at especially in landscape scenes but the attraction quickly wears off when we have to struggle from A to B each morning.

If it only snowed at Christmas, all would be well!

Snowbird said...

How very beautiful, it looks just like Narnia, stunning.

I felt like I was reading poetry while enjoying this post, your wonderful words sat so magically with the stunning pics.

I really did like the pic of Taylor's path. I almost expected to see a unicorn peeping through the branches.xxxxx

ZACL said...

Hi Axe,

This was one morning when there was no snow struggle - believe it or not, the major amount of snowfall was very localised to the town and surrounding fields, of all places. The proximal country areas had very little snow to speak of, it was quite odd.

As it was, the snow this time was enjoyable. It went, without trace, very quickly.

ZACL said...

Hi Snowbird;

I hadn't though of Narnia, but now you mention it....

Taylor's path has all sorts of shapes to fire the imagination, never more so than when I took the photo. If I were a little child again, what stories would I make of it.

Thank you for your kind words. I am pleased you enjoyed my little snowy walk.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the beautiful snowy scenes. As long as there are blue skies over head, I think I could look at snow for a long time and still enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Extraordinary pictures - I enlarged them all, and am particularly taken with the chain link fence. I'm with your other commenters: snow is very picturesque but I always hope it will go quickly. Days of dirty slush are depressing.

ZACL said...

Hi Shimon,

Thank you for your comment. I concur with your thoughts. Unfortunately, when it has been in situ for a while, say, a couple of days, snow generally looks grubby and can be slushy.

ZACL said...

Thanks for your interest in my photos Gillyk. We thought that the chain link fence did look extraordinary with snow propping itself up in the gaps.

Dirty snow, packed grubby snow and slush, are horrible, and a worry in case they turn to a lethal cocktail of ice.

Anonymous said...

Goodness what a lot of snow!
It all looks rather pretty but I'm sure that you're glad that it came and went in a day, and didn't linger!
Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hello Mr F,

It's as if the snowfall never happened now. Like you, we've had a very wet Sunday, it is cold too, with one shower stream after another, coming through.

Dreamy days, just a few more of them, would be lovely. XX

Rebb said...

Your photos are stunning, ZACL, and the words that accompany them are like a gentle snowfall. Taylor's Path looks magical. It's my favorite.

ZACL said...

Thank you so much Rebb for your lovely comments on 'snowfall'. I had not thought of the words as a snowfall. I guess I write as I see and feel. I am pleased you enjoyed the pictures. I, too, am rather partial to Taylor's path.

ZACL said...

A little note:

There are a few comparative photos in two other places. I can provide the url's should anyone like to see them.