Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Poppy & Ted Have Fun & Games In The Snow


In eleven years we've had snow here three times. You'll forgive us, therefore, for making a big deal out of what, (I realise if you live somewhere like Canada, for example), is a light dusting.

It started falling heavily at 5pm yesterday. Poppy and I rushed straight out to play football.



Snow is such a rare occurrence here that L was even moved to leave his computer, take his dressing gown and slippers off, don a warm coat and join us for a dance in the blizzard in the garden. 







When Ted joined us it was to suggest to Pop (who by now had enormous snow balls stuck to her feet) that they play a snowy version of their favourite game.... Round The Greenhouse. Ted became Quite Animated and did rather a lot of talking during the game...




Spot the Poppy

There she is!

Today, it's wall-to-wall sunshine but freeeeezing cold. M left to run to work at 7am when the thermometer was saying this. I know it was cold because he had tracksuit bottoms on and I can count the number of times he hasn't run in shorts on one hand :o)



Pop and I set off soon after. I learnt my lesson yesterday and this morning had on two pairs of running tights and two pairs of gloves as well as a down body warmer, fleece neck warmer, head warmer and thermal top. Consequently, I was warm as toast. The whole run was a complete delight from start to finish...




Once we got off the main road and onto country lanes where no gritters had been it was like stepping back into a medieval world. We took it easy down the hills as I had road shoes on (very little grip) but because it's been so dry slipping wasn't a problem and we got bolder as we went along. Our feet made that lovely squeaky scrunchy sound you only get when you walk on fresh snow and the cold air, bright sunshine glittering like diamonds on the snow and the fact that no one else was about made it a really special run. 











I meant to do six miles but ended up doing ten, I was enjoying it so much I didn't want to go home after only spending an hour outside. I always text M to say where I'm going and how long I'll be and I also leave a note for L if he's home. As I'd said we'd only be an hour and we ended up being 1:45 I was expecting M to buzz me asking whether I was home. I didn't expect L to because he isn't up that early! I heard the phone ping in my pocket when we were about two miles from home, and it wasn't M as expected, it was a slightly worried sounding L saying: where r u? I texted back almost home. When we got back I apologised for making him worry and we had a laugh about the role reversal. Parents are meant to worry about where their teenagers are when they don't come home when they say they will, not the other way round :o).

Tomorrow, the forecast is looking dodgy with proper snow and high winds on its tail for Friday. We may be battening down the hatches! Miraculously, it looks milder and slightly damper for Sunday's race, which will be fine.

Hope you're all well and keeping warm and safe. I'm off to eat some of our stockpiled rations  to replace some of those 1000 calories used up this morning :o)

CT.

28 comments:

  1. I can feel your snowy excitement from here! Maybe you'll get some more overnight.
    It sounds like a good run if you felt strong enough to continue. I love how L was worried about you. It's good to keep them on their toes sometimes. Let them know how it feels. X

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    1. Bless him, yes, it's quite unlike him :o) More snow here today...x

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  2. You make me laugh CT. My off-roading cycling husband (he relishes the snow too) went off this morning wearing double socks and walking boots instead of his usual filthy trainers. I’m thinking when we move I’ll have to adopt a little dog to walk with. At least I managed to take my daughter back to Canterbury on Monday - blue sky, sunshine and increasingly empty roads going, and four salt-spraying lorries to overtake on the motorways coming home - yuck! And little dogs never leave home! (Did you listen to the Food Programme on Monday afternoon Radio 4? Very interesting programme about diet and running.)

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    1. M is furious about having to wear tracky bottoms :o) You'd love a terrier- keen as mustard to do exciting things with their people. Glad you got your girl delivered back to Canterbury safely - sounds like good timing! Thanks for tip re the radio 4 prog, will look it up, sounds v interesting.

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  3. You are not that far from us, we have had no settling snow, but wait until tomorrow.We plan the next two days being at home.

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    1. Hope you're tucked up safe and warm- suspect the snow has arrived with you by now.

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  4. Just love the snowy videos - Poppy is quite the footballer and Round the Greenhouse looks such fun! Kudos on the run - I went out on the patio this morning to defrost the bird bath and nearly went base over apex! R too was wearing long trousers as he cycled to the station; I can't remember the last time that happened. xx

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    1. She's a whizz with that ball. Hope you're managing to stay upright today x

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  5. Oh My Goodness... I love your life !

    It is finally our winter here. Nice rain all night and I woke up to snow falling in the foothills. The Catalinas mountains have lots of snow but the foothills where I live are having snow.
    We also have some tiny hail at my home. iwinston growled at it.
    It will only be 50+ today but 70 tomorrow with sunshine. Fast moving storm, so winter.
    I am happy .

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. So pleased for you- I know you were despairing of your weather.

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  6. I love the films of Pop and Ted - they are having such a great time. We have proper snow here in Lincolnshire (more than any of us expected, I think) - work is closed and we are battening down the hatches! Walking through town, even the main roads were tricky and we saw lots of skidding vehicles.
    The snow does quieten everything down and we loved our walk to work, although the walk home was less pleasant.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Lincolnshire is a such a pretty county. I have very fond memories of it. Keep safe in the snow, Ellie x

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  7. Loved the videos, they made me laugh. I knew you would be a mad snow running lady lol. For the first time in my life i don’t want it to snow tomorrow. Schools have already been closed for tomorrow. I feel it will be a stop over at Gatwick airport for youngest. So close and yet so far. Enjoy your snow :) B x

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    1. They are very obliging dogs when it come to entertainment :o). Did your lad get back OK? Suspecting he is probably stuck at the airport :o( xx

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  8. Oh, I LOVED the pics and videos of the furbabies! Pop really is a wizzard with that ball, isn't she! Wow!
    And I loved their game Round the Greenhouse:) We have the same game here but we call it Round The Flat (and up the bed and sofa)! Enjoy the snow:) We have about two feet of the white stuff and more keeps coming...:=)

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    1. Our version of round the flat is round the sofa :o)

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  9. Lovely to see the dogs enjoying the snow and chasing around the greenhouse! We have missed the snow so far but I think tomorrow will be different! Sarah x

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    1. Has it arrived with you yet? I know Bournemouth has it quite bad and that's sort-of on the way down the coast to you x

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  10. Dear pups, they are adorable. Barely a flake here for years either, and nothing yet, but the children are in a state of high excitement as there might be some tomorrow. Toboggans at the ready. CJ xx

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    1. Am expecting your toboggan will finally be justifying its long-held place in your shed today :o)xx

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  11. Made my day seeing Ted & Pops playing silly buggers around the green house. What a wonderful day....not really having to go out in it but choosing too makes it even more wonderful. I am not a snow lover, but I can handle it if I dont have to drive.
    I hear you have plenty more on the way.
    Take care and lovely photos. xxxx

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    1. They have me in stitches. It's their favourite game :o) xx

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  12. Pop looks lik a little husky pulling you along! It was a beautiful day yesterday with the sun out, today the snow's twice as thick and still falling. x

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    1. She is! She does actually keep me going up the hills :o) x

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  13. What gorgeous, gorgeous images. Your first picture of Pop is an absolute delight.
    Love the greenhouse game, does Pop ever run all the way round and come up behind Ted?

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