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March 29, 2013 / magickittenblogs

Snow Fever

Originally written 12th March 2013

On my way to work this morning, through the wintry wastes of rural Essex, I was pondering this – why do I love snow so much? Many people on Facebook and Twitter this morning were bemoaning its return, the media shouts about travel chaos, and I know my sister wasn’t impressed with it on Sunday evening, as she was keen to be out on the track training on Monday. What is it about these ice crystals that I find so fascinating?

Well, first of all, don’t you think it’s magical? The idea that you can look out the window and the world is suddenly different is, to me, fascinating and really quite magical. The sounds that go with snow are so unique, too – the muffled quality of sounds as the crystals soak it up, that bizarre squeaking crunch as you step into a drift. In this part of the world, snow is a relative rarity and I savour each opportunity to experience these things.

Then, also I think it’s the fact that snow is so temporary, at least in this part of the world. Round here, we’re surprised if it rains for more than one day in a row, let alone snowing. It’s very unusual that snow lingers here – it tends to disappear over night, or over the course of a day, and we rarely have to suffer the annoyances of slush or ice to spoil the party.

However, now, in March, it all seems a little ridiculous. We should be having Spring, not snowdrifts, sunshine not sleet. I want to see daffodils and primroses, and at the moment we’re lucky if we’ve got the first green shoots peeking out from beneath the mud and frost. It’s very possible to have too much of a good thing and this “Spring” is probably a good example. Now I can’t wait for the sunshine to break through and for Spring to really start.

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