I'm a bit disappointed with this snow.
It's not playing by the rules.
This isn't Sakae Village where Bastish lives.
It'S not even Hakuba where the ski fields are.
Our snow is supposed to look pretty for a day so we can take some pictures and then all the snow not in the north facing areas is supposed to melt nicely away and leave us in peace for a while before another bunch of well-behaved and very pretty snow falls.
But not this time.
Temperatures so cold we made the national news (really!) and the snow is still hanging around with a vengence.
Five days after the snow and we have this:
LOVE bamboo, green all year and it bends double under snow and still doesn't break. Go bamboo!
The view from the road. The roads are down to one lane in places as they haven't been ploughed properly. Thanks to amalgamation we are waaaaay down on the city's snow ploughing priority list. Never fear! We have a whole army of guys with tractors and clip on snow ploughs. Some of the bigger tractors have ploughs that clip on the fornt but the smaller ones clip on the back. Which means you have an old farmer driving down the road in reverse beeping away like mad trying to plough in a straight line by looking over his shoulder. Is it any wonder we have less than perfectly ploughed roads?
The path K shovelled for me to get around the back of the house. Worth his weight in snow shovels is K!
Bigger icicles. The school has a very strict 'don't play with icicles' policy as if they fall on you they're pretty dangerous. This is more than fine with me. So it was quite a surprise to hear that normally stringently rule abiding Meg had a 'pet' icicle she has housed/ hidden in a snowbank outside her classroom and checks on regularly. She swore black and blue that she hadn't broken any rules.
Then how did you get the icicles?
Well, the teacher said you can't go near eaves or houses and you aren't allowed to go into anyone's property and I didn't do any of that.
Now I was really confused. Where did you get the icicle then?
Well, you know down by the post office they have the road blocked off? And it says construction site on the signs? And there's the poles up there? Well, I went around the back of the barrier and there were some great icicles on the construction signs!
I have now added 'construction sites and anywhere else with do not enter and or danger signs up' to Meg's personalised list of places not to go to collect icicles.
Walking to school in the snow again:
Keeping a steady supply of clean and dry snow gear available for the girls is becoming quite stressful. I ended up drying Amy's snow boots with a hairdryer the other day which was quite effective but really disgusting- phewwwwwwww!
I got a chance to go out a tramping with friend S though and the blue sky and white snow combo is stunning!
It was quite the workout though with the combination of snow and snow boots and a 2 hour walk. I went for the conversation and came back feeling like I'd been at the gym all morning!
The river with snow.