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Thursday, February 4, 2010

February pretending to be November

(image~ stock photo from web)

Well that's we Brits grumbling and moaning again! We thought we'd seen the last of the snow that was here for weeks but over the past couple of days it's come back and it's as cold as ever. Ah well, we wouldn't be true Brit if we didn't complain a little, especially about the weather. It didn't help that our central heating boiler began playing up, leaving us without heating and hot water. Ma little tootsies were numb and eyes a'bleary. But the heating firm was very good and came out and fixed it......... in the evening!

Looking out at the world today, it seems more like November than February. Everything is shrouded in mist and a covering of snow. There are jobs I could be doing in the garden such as tidy the potting shed but I don't want to disturb any hibernating creatures that may be in there.... it's not an excuse, honest. We had a hedgehog ambling about the garden late Autumn and he could be tucked up fast asleep amongst the plant pots and shredded paper. After my blunder last year with the family of frogs, I'm leaving well alone. And what about all the spiders and other wee beasties that shelter in the greenhouse and under branches and stones..... nope, the tidying up can wait until we're well into Spring. Everything should be wakening up then and I'll have an easy conscience.

Don't think I'm sitting around looking at gardening catalogues all day.... no, I'm still being kept busy feeding the waiting birds at regular intervals throughout the day and our Deppy's too, re-filling the birdbath, reading Stephen King, vacuuming, reading Stephen King, dusting, reading Stephen King, studying my Open University course (just in cast my tutor's looking in!)..... and reading the latest Stephen King novel that hubby bought me (I've either done something wonderful to deserve that or he's harbouring plans that need my approval. I'm not sure yet which it is).

Our Bob

Here's one boy who isn't complaining about the snow. This is our fifteen-year-old Bob. Just lately he's becoming a bit reluctant to go on his walks and he doesn't want to go far before returning home, but he's like a pup when it's snowing. He loves it! So he's a happy chappy just now.

...... a couple of cheering quotes:

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of Winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
Barbara Winkler

"Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow."
R.H. Newell

And now I'm off to read some Stephen King!


  1. It sounds absolutely cozy around your house. I would enjoy curling up under a blanket and having a look at that Stephen King book (I might have to arm-wrestle you for it, I'm thinking...). If you promise me that and a cup of tea (or perhaps a beer) when I arrive, I'll hop the first plane over. Bob looks like he wouldn't mind me visiting as long as I don't steal his pillow.

    Thanks for your words of kindness today Lesley. Joy and I really appreciate it.


  2. You're welcome Ian. No doubt we'll be going through it ourselves again in the near future, as our three boys are all elderly.

    Now, arm-wresting..... that's right up my street! :O)

  3. Complaining is a British phenomenon?! I guess THAT'S where we Americans picked it up.

  4. Yes Snowbrush, you have US to thank for that. lol It's an inborn thing, but some people display it more than others.... and some hardly display it at all. :D

    Nice to meet you. :)

  5. Having to hold our Amy back from garden tidying, and OCD means I have to bite my own lip lol ... We have a pond in this garden, and looking forward to checking it out in our first spring and summer here ... Spider :0)

  6. All that snow has made things look mucky and messy! Having a pond will be lovely. I hope you get lots of frogs. :D

  7. Hi Lesley - We are about to buried-they are predicting a foot of snow here for Wednesday. Sooner or later spring will come. I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later!

  8. Oooo Deedee! Keep nice and warm and get yourself a good book. :)

  9. We haven't gotten much snow but lots of cold, cold rain. I'm ready for spring.

  10. Hi Debbie. I think we'll all appreciate the Spring this year after the tough Winter we've had. I bet Spring is gorgeous in your part of the world!

  11. Bob looks adorable Lesley!!
    This snow lark is getting a bit much now alright. Winter seems to be going on for ages!!

  12. Thanks Gf... he's a fine old gentleman, elegant and gentle. :)

    I suppose this is what Winter is supposed to be like.... only we've been spoiled with the mild Winters we've had for a number of years. I've certainly done my fair share of whining about the cold! It must be tough on you having to work outdoors... brrrr! I have ventured out a little bit more over the past week though and it's cheering to see all the bulbs coming through.... something to really look forward to.