No, silly, not Christmas, that’s been and gone.
I’m talking about that elusive snow.
We’ve been spoilt for snow for the last two winters and I’ve been hoping for the same this year. Every time the sky gets cloudy (which is all the time) I’ve been looking at it hopefully and declaring, “Oooooh, it looks like it might snow.” Of course all we’ve had instead is rain, millions and millions of gallons of the bloody stuff and it’s brought it’s bully boy friend along as well, a stiff and cold wind, to make things even more unpleasant.
Now, don’t try telling me that rain is just snow in a different form, you know, like they say rain is liquid sunshine in the Caribbean, it won’t wash with me. Rain in Blighty is just rain – except when it’s miserable, driving, icy cold rain – then it’s just ‘orrible rain.
I want my snow! Proper, white, fluffy, finger tingling, snow – and make it deep and crisp and even, as it says in the song. It’s been here by October for the last couple of years. What’s it done, gone and buggered off on a round the world cruise for a few months?
For days now the weather forecasters have been teasing us with it; ‘ It’s going to snow! The snow’s on it’s way.’ Only to follow it up with; ‘ Oh no, fooled ya! It was only hail, snow’s poor relation.’
They’ve been promising us snow for over a week now and I’ve just about imploded with excitement. Did I mention I love snow?
It’s much heralded and imminent arrival has been causing so much excitement. It’s been the talking point in this area for days.
“Have you heard? It’s to snow tonight.” “Oh, I heard it was Monday.” “Really? I saw gritters on the motorway so that must mean it’ll snow tonight.” and so on.
Love it or loath it, everyone’s talking about it and constantly looking out of the window to see if it’s arrived. Until finally, this afternoon…….
IT’S HERE! YAAAAAAYY!!!!
Now admittedly it’s a bit watery and insipid, not the big, fat, fluffy saucer sized flakes that quickly cover everything and make it look like a winter wonderland – but it’s a start. Hopefully it will get into the swing of things after it’s long vacation and build up to a proper snowfall overnight. If it does I’ll worry about how I’m going to get to work on Sunday. Until then I’m going to enjoy every glorious minute of it.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!