IL NEIGE!! I woke up on Sunday morning totally fluent in French….and with a 30 second sense of wonder and awe as I stared out from my bathroom window, not expecting to see such a flurry of snowflakes and a white garden. Just so pretty. Then I breathed a massive sigh of relief and thanked each little snowflake for the fact that I had no tiny children to take outside to play. No horribly wet gloves and frozen feet, no hard lumps of ice being thrown at my head, no accidents on sledges as they career down hills far too fast, no exhausting journeys back up hills to watch them nearly kill themselves again. JUST GREAT…sort of…I do miss them all being small (a bit). So instead, whilst it was tempting to go and jump on their beds shouting “IT’S SNOWING, CAN WE GO OUT AND BUILD A SNOWMAN??”, because my grown up children had practically only just gone to bed, I did a walk with my friend and admired the children and parents scraping up what little snow there was from afar.
But honestly – how were any schools closed in London? There was less than a centimetre of snow on the ground and by Monday morning there was no snow to be seen anywhere on the roads. We used to live in Aberdeen and had to get our children to school via a sledge, wading through practically knee deep snow – it was hell AND THEY STILL DIDN’T CLOSE THE BLOODY SCHOOL. What about if we lived in Russia? I mean it’s truly pathetic and my journey to and from work yesterday was a nightmare. Is this just the most ridiculous health and safety now that children can’t be put in any danger in the school playgrounds or is it a symptom of the fact that teachers can’t afford to live in London anymore and were having to come from areas that had received far more snow? If so, PAY THE TEACHERS MORE so that they can get to their schools.
Today, there was just a frost in the air and on the ground and it was truly beautiful in the park this morning as I drove my son to college:-
Check out our latest equivalent to the red robin in the park – the green parakeet:-