Dear Mummy, it’s not often that we see the white stuff in this part of the UK. Being just off the south coast of England temperatures never usually go below 2- degrees, however the “Beast from the East” was on his way!
We got a visit from the abdominal snowman traveling from Siberia to bring us his windchill and fluffy snow. Blizzards, strong winds, drifting snow and bitter cold caused disruption as the weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” combined with Storm Emma created some of the most testing weather experienced in the UK for years. Snow that we haven’t seen for at least five years and I have never seen in my lifetime. In fact it’s the worse snow storm since the 1980’s so not even my mummy can remember that far back.
Everyone was advised by the authorities to stay in and not make any unnecessary travel journeys. So we battened up the hatches as my folks worked from home. Schools across Hampshire were closed as children indulged in proper snow days, hidden underneath duvet covers watching telly, occasionally escaping into the great outdoors to explore the white snowy landscape.
I was one of those children and at first the idea of snow was amazing. I glanced out of my window by standing on a stool and watching the flakes fall and the gusts of wind blow the blizzard into our garden. The Met Office issued a red warning – its most severe alert – on Thursday as temperatures plunged and up to 50cm (20in) of snow fell on high ground in Scotland and west of the country. Thankfully much further south we had it less severe.
The snow really was a magical sight. However being outside wasn’t all that practical. It was super cold in the windchill up to minus 7- where we lived. The coldness nipped at my cheeks and into my snow boots (even though we were all wearing thermals and layers) we could only managed venturing outside for under an hour, dashing back inside to warm up with hot chocolate.
In between calls, emails and work my folks took turns to keep me entertained. The majority of the time I pottered around playing with my Schleich toys or baking fairy cakes and watching back to back Disney films.
We did managed to build a snowman and have a snowball fight in the garden. The snow wasn’t icy but soft, fresh, powdery and fine. We found some twigs from the park for arms and stones from the garden to finish him off. As UK became a victim of the northern polar jet stream, which twisted its direction unexpectedly, drawing in cold air from the east, the beast had us in his icy grip.
Both my mummy and I made snow angels on the ground, my first ever which was lovely to watch and capture in the memory bank. Further afield the chaos continued as the storm resulted in hundreds of cancellations and grounded flights and other travel headaches as it dumped snow on major cities. My Grandma got stuck at an airport trying to head back to Belfast!
Even though my folks knew the snow was coming they never expected as much snow as this. We had five inches of snow after the second day and it was still falling…
We didn’t want to shell out of a sledge for the sake of a couple of days, so took our trusty kitchen tray to the park to toboggan on. It worked a treat and both my folks and I had fun riding down the hills on it! Watch our video to see the tray in action (half way through)!
Even though we’ve been stuck indoors the majority of the snow days we haven’t had cabin fever too much due to breaking it up with mini expeditions into the snow.
We’ve gone through numerous gloves hats and waterproofs, loads of tea bags from continuous cups of tea to keep warm and eaten our weight in hot cross buns and mini eggs, well it is March after all.
Have you played in the snow? Has it been snowYAY or sNOway this snowmaggedon?
Love Bella x