For two weeks it has been snowy here. It started gently, it was beautiful, we built a little snowman and laughed about being off work. It began to thaw. It was manageable. For most of the people most of the time.
This week on Tuesday we woke up to 7” snow, and it carried on all day. Around the area are a new batch of residents, about 8 feet tall with hats, scarves and carrot noses grew in parks and fields overnight. People played together, smiled at neighbours and children playing, and took delight in wearing shiny, spotty, flowery wellies bought for their beauty but never really expecting to be needed.
Four days later it’s still here, getting colder and colder. Tuesday night fell to –10 and the days were cold. People began to check on their neighbours, make sure everyone had food and warmth. Our hot water froze up. Last night fell to –17 and our cold water froze. It has been –8 in the daytime. It shows no sign of thawing.
It reminded us of people who have to suffer this kind of cold, worry and disruption all the time every day. And we felt grateful for being generally fine, and a little bit silly for worrying. If you’re in the snow or cold temporarily or all year round, I hope you’re ok and all looking after each other.