This time last week, I was planning a rather uneventful week, looking forward to World Book day and just the normal rhythm of life. That seems so long ago now, the week proved to be very memorable as we had snow and we never get snow in our little seaside town. Not only did we have blizzards, thick lying snow, we also get the most vicious freezing rain which meant our whole town became an ice rink leaving many of us house bound and then it was high tides too and a temporary flood barrier had to be installed to protect the town, so quite an eventful week thanks to the Beast from the East and Storm Emma! As well as all the drama from the weather, I got sick and had to take time off work, again this never happens, a couple of days in bed did the trick and I’m feeling much better now with just an annoying cough. Despite all the drama of this week I finish this week feeling really positive, sometimes difficult weeks bring out the best in people.
I managed to read a book this week, illness and the weather were conducive to this success. It was a fantastic read, the autobiography of the journalist and writer Hunter Davies. It appeared on my Kindle deal of the day with some rave reviews so I popped it in the basket and what a choice. Davies’ career started in the 60s and continues today so there is a great mix of social history, culture and ‘celebrity’ in the book. Its so easy and entertaining to read, you just want to keep going on to the next chapter. His love for his family and devotion to his wife, the novelist Margaret Forster shine through. It was great to read something different and a non fiction title for a change, variety is the spice of life!
Well this week it was simply about watching the weather, the snow, the skies, the sea all were mesmerising. Until I lived at the seaside I never realised the subtle daily changes in the sea and how it is never the same shade twice. The surf has been incredible on the sea this week and it has been quite hypnotic looking out to the waves. My office looks out onto the sea and there are times I just got lost in the view.
So the year when I finally aced it for World Book day, we had a snow day at the children’s school! Fortunately all the WBD events are being rearranged so the children will be able to parade in their costumes. I have a bit of bug bear about WBD fancy dress, I like to go old school and do the lets raid the fancy dress box, old clothes and mum’s accessories to create a look. I read an excellent comment that the costume shouldn’t cost more than a book and I’m pleased that we were able to do this, my only expense was £3 for the sequin fabric cut off which I have plans to reuse after WBD.
Little Miss is going as the White witch from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It took a lot to persuade her to wear a dress, this really is not her look at present! For the costume, we made a wardrobe out from an old shoe box, when you open it up the back is a sparkly blue paper and decorated with Welcome to Narnia. Little Miss also decided to make some pompom snow balls from some old wool for her snow, if only we had known we would have had the real thing!
Little Man was quite reluctant to embrace some of my ideas, he would have been so cute as Paddington, but liked the idea of the Wimpy Kid, so we made a mask for him.
I can honestly say that I have never worn as many clothes as I did on my walk to and from work on Thursday which was the worst day for us. It was so cold, it was only my eyes visible hidden under hats, scarves, layers upon layers. I mistakenly took my glove off to answer my phone and seriously thought i was going to get frost bite, it was so cold. On the way home, I walked through crazy snow conditions, snow, wild winds etc.. it was scary and took 40 minutes rather than the normal 15. As I wrote in my last blog post snow days aren’t an option at our school so we all try really hard to get in. I felt like a proper explorer, ruck sack with supplies, lots of clothes etc..
When I was poorly in bed I listened to a radio 4 play, An Instinct for Kindness, a true story of a woman’s journey to Dignitas. It was superb, sad, thought provoking and very dignified. Its well worth a listen.
Well after this week its hard to predict what next week will bring… Hopefully the ice will thaw, we’ll get out of the house and all routines will be back in place. I am so over the snow, I like routine, order and predictability!
Thanks to Morgana for hosting #littleloves and i hope all the contributors have had safe, snow weeks.