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‘No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn’ Hal Borland (1900-1978) American author and naturalist
No one in Britain can have missed the weather the last few weeks, #thebeastfromtheEast, #StormEmma and more snow due this weekend. I hope you don’t mind, but some of this post was written a couple of weeks ago, and the rest today, as another wintery weekend looms. Also I’ve been a bit stuck, very tired and osteo-arthritis aching but I’ve been plodding along. I feel a bit like Spring, stuck around the corner, nearly in reach but not quite. I saw something on twitter today, which made me laugh:
Winter this year, is like a person who leaves the room in a huff, only to come back in ‘and another thing…’ only to leave again… and return…
#theBeastfromthe East brought about 4 inches of snow to Monton, it’s very unusual to have this much, usually, it’s about two inches, as it’s very flat around here with many canals. It was THAT cold and icy our local Parkrun (Worsley woods) was cancelled… this never happens as it’s under trees and very protected compared to most Parkruns. Fortunately, my Chap was OK about this, as the air was far too cold for running – you wouldn’t think to look at him that he has asthma 🙂
The wind chill dipped to minus 12 during the night, and minus 8 during the day. I don’t think I’ve ever been so cold in the middle of the city. I’m very used to cold when I’m up a mountain and layered up. It reminded me of the very cold day in January 2015, when we went to Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria with my Brother and his family, who were visiting from Australia – happy memories 🙂
A very cold, snowy day in Monton on 4th March 2018
It wasn’t lost on me that 1st March was the start of the meteorological Spring – so I layered up with my thickest, longest waterproof, gloves, hat, scarf and boots and ventured into the garden to see what flowers I could find. I was surprised to find some tête-à-têtes, and some purple perennial wallflower so I quickly picked the flowers, and put them in a vase with some lavender. The vase has appeared in ‘In a Vase on Monday’ many times, I wrapped ‘bee happy’ washi tape around it. The print is part of a series – the Winter print with descriptions of moons has appeared too (Worm Moon, Pink Moon and Flower Moon) at the start of meteorological Winter. Butterflies and bees seem a long way off at the moment, but like most things, they’ll be back.
- In a Vase in Monday – winter childhood memories (and fuchsia too) – with the same vase, and a fuchsia (5th December 2017)
- the perennial purple wallflower has appeared a few times too
- The iron daffodils have appeared on the blog before too 🙂
There are more tête-à-tête flowering this week (16 March), and some crocus too. So I expect I’ll pick some for the vase on Monday.
This week Cathy who hosts In a Vase on Monday over at Rambling in the Garden has plum twigs and daffodils in in bud. Do have a look at the vases posted from around the world – it’s really interesting to see the seasons and variety of plants and flowers bloggers use. It really lo
Bridgewater Canal and Monton Green (4 March 2018) it was minus 8 windchill – brrrr….
Walking up the canal is one of our favourite walks around the neighbourhood. I wrote about it on New Year’s Day here – much better weather!
- In a Vase on New Year’s Day – dogs, woods and walks (1 January 2018)
I nipped up the canal and then onto the green to take some photos in the snow. it was 15 minutes in total, as it was far too cold for hanging around…. home for a brew, a hot cross bun and retreat under a blanket to read a book. My plan was to admire the crocuses and daffodils through the patio door, I’d put out some fresh bird food and warm water for the birds too.
There are a few iron sculptures along the Bridgewater Canal – here’s a the horse at Parrin Lane Bridge.
The canal doesn’t freeze very often as it has a current as some streams flow into it along its course and it eventually connects to the Manchester Ship Canal (which contains the River Irwell). It’s only semi frozen here – the only time I’ve seen it frozen solid was the long cold snap in 2010.
I nipped along to Monton Green to take a photo of the crocus field and the Gentleman’s Rest (built 1932), then hurried home as it was very, very cold.
Today (Saturday 17th March) it’s alternating between snow showers and blue skies, but the weather app is telling me it feels like minus 6 so I don’t think I’ll be venturing far from the sofa – I’ve got computer work to do so that’s no bad thing. My Chap is out today on a Nepalese Cooking course so I’m expecting some treats when he gets home.
I think perhaps I’m not quite finished with this beautiful, reflective and positive book ‘Making Winter-A creative guide for surviving the Winter Months‘ by Emma Mitchell.
- You can follow Emma on Instagram @silverpebble2 and Twitter @silverpebble – beautiful photos and also she also runs silver clay making courses – I’d love to have a go at this.
- Should I do some reviews of my favourite books? especially well-being, cooking and crafty books? Please let me know in comments.
My wonderful Chap bought me another beautiful blanket to keep me warm – what a diamond…
So my plans for #365daysofselfcare and #bekind this week are:
- #bekind especially to myself – and not to beat myself up about being late/disorganised.
- snuggle under to the blanket when I can – but go for #onehouroutside when I can.
- read another book 🙂
- As usual, I’ll be doing #mindfulness, yoga and meditation all help me ‘be in the present’. They help me with my #wellbeing.
- And reminding myself to #savouringhappiness. Have a look on my Instagram for more photos and stories – @becinmonton
life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply’ Thick Neat Hanh – Vietnamese Zen Master (1926 – ). He’s 91!
And remember, life isn’t a dress rehearsal, get out there and have an adventure, even if it’s scary.
What do you have planned for the week?
love Bec xx xx