Friday, January 31, 2014

Snow in Virginia

Just when the kids were moaning about never being able to make a snowman the snow came to Virginia. Then a week later it returned. Of course south east Virginia could not cope. The schools have been closed for the best part of two weeks. The promises of snow plows ring as empty as the clang of shovels on the sidewalk.



For a while I was fooled by the snowmaggedon thing. To venture out would be to risk sudden death. By the time I reached the end of the street I would be like a soldier in the Grande Armee on its bedraggled retreat from Moscow, looking for horse flesh or worse.



Oddly enough after finally putting on my boots after two days of cabin fever, I made it to the store at the end of the street and it was open, even if the wine was unbearably sweet. By Friday I was driving on the slippery streets which were not so bad. It suddenly occurred to me that I had trampled through much snow back in those half forgotten days on the ski slopes and I had not lost any limbs to frost bite.



I have been on wooded paths edged with snow and relished the air as clear and clean as a bell. The words of Robert Frost came back to me and made me think of those places.




Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.



18 comments:

  1. I guess you heard about the highways getting jammed down in Georgia when they got snow too. I'm so sick of this weather.

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    1. yes the south can't cope with snow - it does suck...

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  2. You're welcome to some of our heat! We really don't need this much and it's going to waste, cooking fruit on the trees and creating all sorts of problems.
    Lovely photos David - I'm glad you ventured out with your camera. Hope the kids are back at school soon!

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    1. Thanks Sue - could use some Aussie heat eh

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  3. The silence and snow is a beautiful combination. I've lived in Michigan my whole life and winter wears thin quick, but I love those quite moments with snow.

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    1. Absolutely Patricia - even when you see it all the time in Michigan eh

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  4. I do love the snow - it's always been a great muse!

    Lovely pictures!

    Keep warm!

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  5. If people can survive a skiing holiday, surely they can survive the white stuff on their doorstep. Bizarre...

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    1. yeppers but the media affects you and you can get into a siege mentality

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  6. I feel like such a spoiled brat here in Southern California, but the snow does look beautiful.

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    1. you are in SoCal? I am pressing jealous button

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  7. Keep the mittens handy ~ more snow's coming. We had two tours in the Norfolk/Va Beach area. Whenever we took guests to Jamestown, it always amazed that the colonists coped with waist-high snow.

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    1. true - although to be fair they did eat each other Kittie

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  8. Wow! That sure is a lot of snow! It really is pretty though.

    Stefani @ Dreams of Nyssa

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  9. We haven't had snow yet! Great pictures. I want to see a snowman David! :)

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    1. err I can show you one but it's well lame Jules.

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