Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Snow Day

After a wild day of gusting wind from the east and whirling snow, and a cold night of air currents sculpting snowforms, the back yard looked like this:




The log pile is all robed in white.



The honeysuckle hedge that runs between our back deck and our neighbour's has donned a white prayer cap.



A teetering rim of snow tops the back of the garden chair.



Last night Mr Fox came hungry into the garden, digging under the drifts for the enamel bowl of scraps left out for him earlier.  Hastings came to a standstill, the buses sliding on the  steep roads that climb the hillsides up from the sea, in spite of gritting.  The town hall became home overnight for a party of German students who made it here but couldn't get out from the town centre to arranged hospitality in scattered local homes.

This morning the snow is still with us, and the wind still blowing strong and cold, but the day is bright, giddy blue with wisps of cloud, the air joyous.


My tiny room looks out on these little row houses opposite.

I love snow days.  No-one has gone out from our household today or yesterday, and right now somebody is playing the piano, the notes like clear drops of water in the quietness of the house.

I have completed a section of the book I'm writing, another one planned for after lunch.  When evening comes, we will light the fire in the stove.  Everything is peaceful.  The house is spacious and expansive with high white snowlight.  Thanks be to God for the happiness of this beautiful day.



And you?  What's happening in your neck of the woods?

Blessings on you and on your day.



23 comments:

Pauline Martin said...

I loved your snowday blog!
I walked down this morning as you know, it was a bit chilly on the fingers and nose (despite the scarf and gloves). It was an unexpected walk. The snow crunched satisfyingly under my feet and every now and then a cascade of snow from a tree or wall would be whipped up by the breeze. I couldn,t have wished for a more glorious and beautiful start to my day!
Good luck with the next chapter.
Love
Pauline

Ember said...

You were BRAVE!! xxx

Rachel marsh said...

I fox-watched too :-)

Ember said...

I love the foxes - dancing, wary, alert, silent and quick!

Julie B. said...

I love a good snow, Ember. These were beautiful photos and your descriptions were delightful. I will be in touch with you soon about what you sent me -- I finished it. Outstanding....of course. xxoo

Ember said...

xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely pictures of snow and a WONDERFULLY blue sky. (Blue is a colour that always lifts my mood rather than depresses it!)
No snow down here in Camborne, but we have heard reports of snow in other towns in the county.
By the way, I very much like the new header on your blog. I find is so much 'lighter' and welcoming.
Kay

Ember said...

:0) x

BLD in MT said...

I love a good snow day, too. A grand reason to wrap up in a nice sweater, have a cup a tea, read, or work on something about the house and forget all about the world outside (except for looking out the windows at all the beauty from the nice warm security of the window).

No snow here, really, but there were a few flurries yesterday. The birds seem to be telling me that spring is on its way. I've been seeing more and more variety of them around the house.

kat said...

Very glad I had my work laptop at home and could avoid going in to Hastings today - and the snow is so lovely isn't it - clear notes from the piano must have been very appropriate accompaniment - I would choose Spiegel im Spiegel I think, had I not had to relinquish the piano that is!! xx

Ember said...

:0) Hi Beth, hi Kat!

xxx

Spiegel im Spiegel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8qg_0P9L6c

San said...

We had a sprinkling of snow yesterday but it had disaappeared by lunch time today.

Still I did share in your in your blue skies and dried two loads of washing outside, huzzah!!

San x

Ember said...

:0) x

katrina Green said...

Wonderful sun-painted snow sculptures were to be admired along the High Weald ridge today. They looked like giant chubby hands reaching through the hedge with their fingertips chopped off by the road.

Deborah said...

Inmy neck of the woods I am suffering from cold feet and extreme boredom that can only be fixed by the next Hawk and Dove book *hint hint* ;-D

Deborah said...

Did I mention a need for the next H&D book?! ;-D

Ember said...

Crumbs, Katrina! Sounds terrifying!

Hi Deborah - I keep bringing the matter before my publisher . . . they have the book, have had it for nearly two years - it's all about money and numbers :0\

Deborah said...

Maybe you need an...erm...impartial person to read it and tell them it should be published. I'm sure if we thought hard we could come up with a name...

*think* *think* *think*

Ember said...

:0D

Rapunzel said...

Goodness, all that glorious snow! I half expected to see some earnest barefoot orphans in tatty little coats slogging their way up the road. Possibly I have read too much Dickens.

We're to get some snow here tonight and tomorrow. This time of year it makes a nice change from the mud we are abundantly blessed with.

Adding H&D to the never-ending prayer list. I thought of calling to nag the publisher's granny into nagging the publisher, then realized the same spirit that motivated you to write it can motivate the publisher too.

Ember said...

May it be so! :0)

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Thanks for your precious comment on my blog about my daughter's wedding. Just before her wedding I finished your book "The Road to Blessings" and I am now on my second reading. What truth the Lord has spoken to my heart through your writing. It has come at such a wonderful time as we enter unemployment again. Thanks for using your gift with the pen..I am always blessed

Ember said...

Thanks Janette - my prayer for you is that this will be a time of opportunity for which in due course you rejoice and give thanks. xxx