For once, The Bloke and I timed things perfectly.
The plan for Friday evening last week was to drive up North to visit The Bloke’s Sister (my new sister-in-law!) as it was her birthday the following day. However, the snow heavens opened, The Bloke’s school closed early and so we decided to risk it and drive up at lunchtime instead. There wasn’t even a hint of snow there and so we spent the Friday afternoon and Saturday catching up, playing with Harvey and Charlie (my sis-in-law’s Goldendoodle and my mother-in-laws retriever), going through some social media (sis-in-law is a blogger and photographer) and eating the BEST fish and chips that I’ve ever had at the Garden Room Cafe in Braithwell. It was nice to kick-back and relax in a different surrounding.
There was a weather warning for severe snow, so we drove home later on the Saturday evening and made sure that the car was parked directly in front of the house to prepare ourselves.
I’m glad we did. The last time I remember this much snow, The Bloke and I built a large snowman with a big booty in our back garden, just for the fun of it.
We’ve had an epic 10+ inches of snow in the Midlands this week (insert smutty comment here…). In the UK we’re particularly ill-equipped to deal with even a light dusting of snowfall, so when this amount fell within 24 hours everything pretty much came to a complete standstill. Schools and businesses closed, public transport stopped running, the local hospitals sent out pleas to members of the public with 4×4 cars to assist with the transportation of patients…
I love the snow. At the risk of sounding nauseating, it makes everything so attractive and particularly at this time of year it kick-started the whole ‘Christmas is coming’ vibe that I had yet to experience. The Bloke had two-and-a-half days off, we’ve been able to spend a little time together and he’s been able to indulge in his photography talents by harassing the squirrels in our local park.
And just look how stunning the park was!
With the lead up to Christmas, it’s felt busier than ever. A friend of mine fell and broke her arm recently so I’ve been helping her at home, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my social media management for my clients (so many great posts between them), getting things organised for the Annual Bloggers Bash, and trying to organise myself enough so that the pre-Christmas prep isn’t left until the last minute. The cards are done, the tree is up, presents bought and wrapped, families visited and we’re almost ready to spend our first Christmas together at home. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m not having to battle on the trains amidst the madness of the travel rush, and I get to wake up next to The Bloke in our own home. Fabulous. The last thing we have to do is get the food in, but that will simply be a quick trip into town later next week…
I can’t believe that Christmas is just over a week away!
What about you guys? Are you prepared for Christmas?
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