Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Visitors from a Snowy Land

Growing up on a staple diet of Enid Blytons, I knew all about snowmen and winter sports. I may never have "seen" snow, except in photographs, but I knew that you should never use woolen gloves to make snowballs. I knew exactly how to roll a snowman, and how to make his nose, eyes and big goofy grin. I know how to make an igloo, and to skate on frozen ponds.

I still dream of playing out all my childhood 'snowy' fantasies, someday.

But this year, snowmen visited the apartment opposite my home. And brought a cold snap with them.
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Mary Vaughn said...

Those are my kind of snowmen as I age. I love to see the snow in the trees. Like anything else it's dirt that ruins the picture.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

The weather has been so bizarre (it snowed *here* on Christmas), that I wouldn't be surprised if you DO get some snow there!

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I don't see snow where I live, either - not real snow. But it's odd how even here, there's this vision that winter ought to mean snow. All of the stores carry heavy coats - even boots. I guess I always think that's strange because where I grew up, there was real snow. Real winter weather. I miss snow...

Holly Ruggiero said...

That's so sweet. What a nice surprise to see snowmen out your window!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Rayna, I grew up on a steady diet of Enid Blyton books too! My favourite series was her "Adventure" one -- the Castle of Adventure, the River of Adventure, etc. The Famous Five series was pretty good too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rayna, I hope you do get to see real snowmen one day!

Dorte H said...

Oh, this was fun. Just like Doris Lessing who grew up in Africa but read British children´s books.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I moved as far away from snow as I could and I don’t miss it, so I think the snowmen in your photo are the best kind.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love snow for about a day and then I'm ready for spring. We've only had one small ground cover this year so I'm not counting it. One more good snow and that's enough for me.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

No, bring on the snow!!!!

Tina said...

We just got our first snow of the season last week. We usually get it in October, so until then, all of CO had been lamenting our lack. It's lovely stuff. Feel free to visit! YellowBoy built an igloo. It's on my facebook page. And since you said I could nag, I still want to read your morbid Christmas story...

slommler said...

I have seen the snow and with it came ice making travel almost impossible. That is the reality of snow. And it is cold!!!!!
So I am longing for spring right now. Enough of the snow!
Oh and don't forget the art of snow angels.

Anu said...

I seem to have passed on this yearning for snow to my son too.. he now wants to go somewhere where he can make snowmen during xmas!!! Hey, and wish u and ur family a wonderful year ahead!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Mary - I love seeing pictures of snow on trees and benches.

@ Elizabeth - wouldn't that he great. Thgough I shudder to think of the mixture of Bombay muck and snow.

@ Margot - bizzare. Why would stores in California carry snow boots?
Incidentally, my uncle lives in Ca, and the only reason he chose the state was becasue he hated the snow of NY (where he studied)

@ Holly - he's coming down tomorrow, so enjoying him as much as I can today.

@ Debra - those were both great, weren't they? Enid Blyton is really good, no matter what critics say.

@ Alex - someday, I am sure it will happen. I just have to make it happen, don't I?

@ Dorte - oh yes, all us colonial countries grew up half British because of the books we read when kids.

@ Jane - I am sure that if I grew up with snow, I would not be as fascinated with it as I am.

@ Susan - three months of snow must be too much, yes.

@ Diane - and the snowmen.

@ Tina - I am rushing out to check out that igloo.

@ SueAnn- that's the beauty of knowing snow only in books- you don't slip on the ice.

@ Anu - thank you. A friend of a friend brought in the New Year in Dalhousie - there was snow.


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