Where’s winter?

The tease of snow we had in France at the end of 2010 had me leaping with joy that winter was going to be white and cold, really cold.  I could hear the giggles and see the delighted faces of the children sledding down the gentle slopes,  the Eiffel Tower off on the horizon.  We revamped the supply of sleds and purchased snow suits in December when there were continuous days of magical white dust covering the ground.  It seemed winter would bring in the New Year in spectacular style. With pink cheeks and cold toes, we’d come inside and wrap our hands around large glasses of freshly brewed vin chaude, warming them and sending the chill away.   We’d go crazy at the most divine muffins that have ever made an appearance from my trusty oven.

We practiced it a few times in the company of friends and the test runs were nothing short of perfect.  It worked fabulously until something went wrong, and terribly wrong at that.

Winter disappeared!

Whilst some will say the days have been grey and often humid, they have, but rarely cold enough to be known as ‘winter’.  Blue skies are now rolling in accompanied by rising temperatures, and the Clayton’s winter – the winter you have when you’re not having one, is on the verge of disappearing into spring.

Seven beautiful swans graced the pond for the month of January, until sadly, a fox picked them off one by one. They might have been saved had winter shown up and chased them south.

Likewise, these birds in Normandy forgot to fly away, and now there’s no need.

I’m feeling a little cheated and wanting just a few more weeks of cold, and another generous bout of snow would be appreciated too.  Right now though, I’m left wondering, where’s winter?


2 Responses to Where’s winter?

  1. M says:

    heavens no! so glad to see the last of the cold, or what i consider cold anyways. all ready for sunny blue skies.

    love your photographs, btw.

  2. carams says:


    Thank you.

    I’m happy to say goodbye to winter if I could just have one more bout of snow before the blue skies and rising temperatures arrive. 🙂


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