I’m not a liar, honest…

15 Jan

October 2008

After a few unseasonably cold days, my newly-moved-to-London-Australian-friend asks me about London winters, is this as cold as it gets?  I reassure her that London winters are generally mild, with just a few cold days here and there.  It rarely snows, and if it does, there’s usually just enough for a few snowballs, everything melting within 24 hours.

February 2009

We stand huddled together on Clapham Common on a magical day when the entire city has stopped.  An unprecedented 25cms of snow, closed airports and ungritted roads make London uniquely still, the only sound being children squealing with excitement as they glory in the unexpected bonus of a free day off school.

Later, warming up with hot chocolate in our sitting room, we talk about how lucky they are to experience such deep snow.  How this has only happened a handful of times in the last 40 years.  The nearest they get to cold in their tropical hometown of Brisbane, is when the airconditioning it set to high.

January 2010

We are into our fourth week of snow and ice.  Waterproof gloves and woolly socks have become essential items.  The weather forecast predicts more and yet more snow.

We pass each other outside school, me pulling a sledge carrying two small boys along the slushy pavement, her hunched, miserably into her overcoat as fat, white, wet flakes continue to fall.  “I thought it never snowed in London, Victoria?”

This post is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. For lovely travel pictures (some hopefully of sunny places), click here


5 Responses to “I’m not a liar, honest…”

  1. Dominique 15/01/2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Ah…this is where all of our snow went! I do like a bit of snow as we never seem to get enough around here to cross country ski or enough cold to ice skate any more.

  2. Kymri 15/01/2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I think it sounds exciting and beautiful, but of course, I’m coming from a 72 F San Diego winter day. Hope there’s still or more snow when I visit London next month!

  3. Mummy Mania 15/01/2010 at 9:00 pm #

    i know ! I feel we;re at the beginning of some apocolyptic film, where we innocently wonder why the weather is getting worse – just before New York freezes over (why do all the catastrophes – meteors, aliens, snow freezes viruses etc etc etc happen in new York??)
    Good fun all the same. Love the lion pic.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 17/01/2010 at 10:37 am #

      Why New York? Because it’s easily the most glamorous place in the world (this coming from a fiercely loyal Londoner). Plus, the high preponderance of extremely tall buildings makes for dramatic explosions. Blowing up rows of two story terraces is not so much fun!

  4. Jen 17/01/2010 at 1:28 am #

    We have been unseasonably cold too for Florida. Usually at this point, we are back in sweatshirts and jeans but we have been wearing full winter coats, scarves and mittens!

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