The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them:there ought to be as many for love.
With the longer evenings since the clocks went forward, last Saturday was the first day that we had the opportunity to visit our favourite spot at Beacon Fell in the early evening. We’d been on a visit to family and thought we could come back the ‘scenic’ route and whilst it was likely to be far too cold for a picnic and the timing might well be wrong, we packed a flask and books, thinking we could at least enjoy the scenery for a while and have a little peaceful interlude.
The weather in the morning had been glorious, despite a frigid wind, but the forecast clearly showed it worsening as the day progressed, but we were determined to get out anyway. It didn’t give any indication however of just how badly it would worsen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen weather quite like it before.
It was spotting with rain as we closed the miles to our very favourite spot and the intensity increased to the point that by the time we came to a standstill, we were reduced to a robust negotiation as to who should venture out to the back of the car to fetch the flask and our books. My husband grabbed the bag he thought everything was in, which thankfully at least included my pocket camera and the flask.
The rain increased still further and we commented on how it was now clearly sleety – from the way it made little bumpy splodges on the car windows. Then there was a gentle thud on the roof of the car and then another. We demisted the windscreen, wondering what it was and could clearly see great big dollops of snow in amongst the rain.
It was the oddest phenomena. Sometimes in summer when it rains very hard, you get a lot of leaves coming down with the rain, torn straight off the trees by the ferocity of the raindrops. At a glance, this looked similar, but the lumps among the raindrops were big white dollops of snow, big enough to look like leaves and to make a sound when they hit the car. Normally rain is all of a similar texture, with largely evenly sized droplets, but this was torrential and substantial rain, with visible lumps of snow falling at the same time. The snow pieces were at least twice the size of a 50p piece and dropping slower than the rain around it, drifting down at a leisurely pace.
I variously tried photographing and videoing this strange weather experience, but nothing I got could do it justice, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it. We listened to the Grand National horse race on the radio, then concluded that it was at least improving a little, the sky was tangibly brightening and the cloud lifting – at the zenith of this weather, the hillsides adjacent were completely hidden, but as they re-appeared, they were dusted with snow. Not something I would have put on the list of things I might have expected to see today.
We headed home whilst it was still light, hoping that the better weather to follow would show itself so that we could enjoy the scenery on the way home. There were at least some new lambs in the fields now, having not yet seen many, so I did manage to snag a couple of photographs and you can see above how wintry and cold the weather had been. I must admit to being a little concerned at the tiny new lambs shivering away in this unexpected wintry snap. The following day was thankfully sunny and spring-like, so I’m sure that they enjoyed that much better.
My work this week:
I worked several existing designs for orders and to replenish stock and made one or two variations of ‘classic’ designs that I have in shop that have sold consistently over the years – spiral earrings for example, have always been a favourite and I made a couple of pairs of un-hammered simple spirals. As with all seemingly ‘simple’ designs, poor workmanship has nowhere to hide, so you have to work with care.