Saturday, 27 December 2014

They Said There'd Be Snow at Christmas ...

Late on Boxing Night it came. Great feathery flakes, the size of the golden coins in the boys stockings. Quickly settling and blanketing the village, our Boxing Day get together came to a swift end with family bundling back into the cars to get back over the hills. 

My sister has often been stuck trying to get back to Buxton and thankfully they made it over the treacherous Axe Edge just in time before the roads were closed. 

Mum and Dad live only four miles away but the last mile up the hill was too much for their car and they had to hike up together in the dark. Luckily they're made of sturdy stuff. This morning, knowing that everyone had made it back home safely, meant I could revel in our wintry, festive landscape.
Snow at Christmas time is something I cross my fingers for every year, never imagining it might come. A couple of inches dusted our valley but a mile or two away in Leek there's been a huge dump and pictures from friends in Buxton make it look like Narnia!

I know its nothing like in Europe or the States, but this dusting, when we have our Christmas trees and fairy lights up and have time to sledge and build snowmen, is precious. Christmas snow; the very best type there is. xxx

10 comments:

itsjustperi said...

You are so lucky. I watched Instagram with great envy as more and more people posted photographs of falling snow . I think that along with most others snow at Christmas is just the icing on the cake :-)

Jennifer Hill said...

It is wonderful, isn't it?! We haven't got any here (Herts), but I remember 2000, when my girls were 4, 2 and 6 weeks, it snowed hard between Christmas and New Year and it seemed perfect. Love your photos! And your blog. Jen

Louise said...

Beautiful photos. I'm only over a hill from you and we had a lot more, so I'm surprised how little there is where you are! We've been over axe edge and through Buxton today, over to Calver, and the sights were just beautiful. Photos to come to my blog soon :)

Hope you've had a lovely christmas.

Amanda said...

My mum and dad had to walk the last bit to home as they live up Gravelly bank in Lightwood. I don't know how they did it as its so steep and they are not too good walking. After everyone was safe and sound though...time to revel in the Christmas card scenes. Love your photos, I bet the boys were so excited.

Sharon de Jager said...

Beautiful photos...how lucky you are to have snow, although I've been watching the news and some people got horribly stuck....wishing you a merry Christmas and happy new year! Sharon x

SandyShoes Cornwall said...

A perfect wintry landscape, I think that's all we're missing down here in Cornwall is the snow but there are whispers tonight that it may be on its way!

So far it's been quite mild, and Christmas Day itself saw the sun shinning. We went down to the Helford River and because it's quite sheltered ended up taking off coats and hats and enjoying some mulled wine and marshmallows over a fire (a strange combination!). Plenty of people were keeping with tradition and going for a swim, I was tempted but in the end preferred to stay warm and dry - maybe next year.....

Happy Christmas, Antonia x

CJ said...

Wonderful photos, it looks like you're all having so much fun. The last picture is brilliant. I hope you enjoy the rest of the festive season. CJ xx

Frances said...

Steph, it's been fun to have a look at this post and the one just before. Lots of Christmas joy here, complete with that light snowfall.

It is so odd here in NYC, rainy last week, blue sky mostly since Christmas...but strangely warm. No need for a coat really.

Well, we who have seen quite a few past Decembers know that this balmy air can turn on a dime.

Meanwhile, it's sort of nice, if unseasonal.

xo

Christals Creations said...

No snow here yet. But it may yet come. x

driftwood said...

how magical. glad all your family got home safely xxx