My mother-in-law is busily planting seeds in her garden in southern England, my cyber friends Libby and Dave have written about having their tomato plants outside – can you feel the jealousy? – and we’re just yo-yoing our way through winter/spring here.
A few days ago we were in fairly solid winter here (after a pretty lightweight winter overall), as evidenced by the deep snow in the above picture, and the ice in the one below.
And then we had the most incredible warm spell, up to 15 degrees celsius, when almost all of our snow melted. Our pond went from being covered in a respectable amount of snow and ice to being almost completely open water in something like 36 hours. We spent the 15 degree day out in a field, sawing lengths of wood from a dead elm that we felled with the help of friends last summer, soaking up the sun and the warmth.
And then last night it snowed again, and this morning we were back to a heavy world of white. Lots of shovelling today, and skiing down our hill just for kicks, though we see that the trend is that it’s all going to melt again pretty fast. Not to be deterred by -7 weather after having had plus 15 just two days ago, we had a campfire supper tonight.
We had sausages, hot dogs, fried onions and toasted marshmallows – not the squarest meal I’ve given my kids in a while, but they sure enjoyed it! A flask of hot chocolate topped it all off.
I even scored a perfect golden marshmallow, bestowed on me by my eldest.
I think we’re back up to plus nine tomorrow, and so it goes!