Snapshots of our winter Part 2

Had enough talk of snow from me yet? I have! But, this years snow obsession would be incomplete without our last (hopefully) storm. The crazy one that left us with 20 inches of the white stuff.

My husband was, of course, away for this one. So it was inevitable that it would be the heaviest snowfall of the season.

A snow day was called for school, and we holed up, watching the snow fall. And fall.

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My neighbor took our snow blower out a couple of times over the course of the afternoon and, as the snow continued to fall, I cleared a path that would at least allow us to get to the car should we need to.

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I cleared this path several times. I also attempted to get the snow off the car.

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That was hard work. I’m too short for that particular job, so it was tough going. But, even though I didn’t manage to clear it completely, I was glad of what I’d done the next day when another six inches of snow had fallen.

Of course, despite the heavy snow that continued to fall all day, my daughter just had to get outside. The snow was already very deep, so she didn’t get very far. But, as always, she loved every minute.

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Evening fell and still the snow came. My poor magnolia tree was bent double with the weight, but we couldn’t yet reach it through the snow, so my son and I threw snowballs from the porch! We managed to dislodge a significant amount of the snow and the poor tree began to look more like a tree again.

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The rest would have to wait till morning.

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My neighbor had done a wonderful job clearing the driveway, but overnight another five or six inches had fallen, so out with the shovels we went.

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Thankfully, another snow day meant that extracting the car wasn’t an emergency, but cabin fever was setting in and an escape would be needed before too long.

I have to take a moment here to say what a fantastic help the kids were. I wouldn’t have been able to clear the whole driveway by myself, and while I did the heavier, deeper sections, the kids did a brilliant job on the layer of snow on the driveway.

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Finally managing to move the car was a huge relief!

Of course, we still had plenty of snow to play with, although I think even for the kids the novelty was starting to wear off by the time this storm hit. But, it’s hard to beat a bit of snow wading!

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We’ve had more flurries of snow since this storm hit in March, the most recent of which was yesterday. April 19th!! Really, we’ve all had enough of the snow now and I just want to wash all the snow gear and pack it away…

Maybe it’s time to risk it. Maybe.

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
Eudora Welty

I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.


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10 thoughts on “Snapshots of our winter Part 2”

  1. Oh my goodness I can’t even conceive of that much snow. we were excited by a couple of inches last month for 2 days! This really is something else, it looks so beautiful but your poor Magnolia tree. I think just the little we had may have done for ours this year, I hope yours is more sturdy. Well done your kids, they are resilient to the endless snow and still manage to make it look fun as well as being a real help in clearing the drive. I hope you will have the little taste of summer we have been enjoying soon.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. Great that they helped do some clearing. I am surprised your car does not freeze solid buried under that amount of snow.
    Love the ;last pictures of your daughter trying to walk through the snow.
    what an inventive way to clear snow from the trees. #countrykids

  3. Given the amount of fuss a couple of centimetres get here, I can’t imagine what it must be like having the amount you get. I bet it’s great fun initially but rather exhausting after a while! Looks love thiuvh, great photos! #CountryKids

  4. Beautiful snow and really great photos! But I so know that feeling at the end of a long winter… You just want to pack all those clothes away, as you say, and get to run around in t-shirt and trainers! And you will, even though it might seem as if spring is NEVER coming x #CountryKids

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