Dear Mummy, we’ve had an eventful week with the crazy weather and my 6th Birthday on the cards. The prospect of snow was exciting, however we didn’t anticipate how much would fall in such a small space of time here in Basingstoke. On Friday, the day before my birthday party, I woke to a dusting of snow, maybe 3cm at a push. Enough for the schools to close so I was over the moon to enjoy an early birthday treat of a day off school and my first proper snow day!
However, as the day went on and the snow started to fall again it got thicker and thicker, we started to worry about the impact it would have on my Birthday Party. You see, Basingstoke grounds to a halt as soon as a snowflake falls here! Sadly our venue deemed the car park too unsafe and with a lot of people snowed in we were forced to cancel my celebrations. Like the wind I was bitter. Bitter that my birthday party was cancelled but thankfully it didn’t last for long…
After the initial shock if not having my all singing all dancing 6th Birthday Party I was soothed by the prospect of not just one but three snow days! We had a long weekend of frolicking in the snow. The most snow I have ever seen! The roads around my house were snowy and icy, so I was happily snowed in.
My folks, on the other hand, were a bit put out, trying to reschedule and call parents to make sure they didn’t arrive at a party that wasn’t happening. However, after all the stress and to avoid cabin fever, my mummy decided to join in the fun and play in the snow too. We played for hours until our feet turned to blocks of ice and we’d been through several jackets and winter gloves.
I even took my toys outside to the park and built an igloo for them, my first one ever. However we did build it at the bottom of a slide! So when the other children joined us to play we had to rebuild it several times! The snow seemed to melt fast and I was fascinated at the icicles that dripped on my head at my front door. I built a snow man in the back garden and discovered hulu hoops frozen in my paddling pool!
Being stuck in our neighbourhood is quite good fun as I have little friends as neighbours, so we played together, throwing snowballs and sleighing. It’s not the first time our car has been trapped outside our house, as you have to drive up a hill in order to drive down a steep hill to the main road. If you get stuck on the hills it’s dangerous and pointless to even try to escape. We watched people digging out their cars and abandoning them on verges. We were not surprised that local grit bins had been ransacked it seemed others weren’t quite as happy to be stuck.
It was all fun and games when Basingstoke even appeared on SKY NEWS regarding the massive tailbacks and the people stuck on the local roads due to an accident on the M3. My Daddy was one of the poor people stuck in the stationary traffic, watching people get towed out of the snow as the blizzard drew in. However Daddy has plenty of experience and managed to get almost all the way home having to abandon his car at the bottom of our hill. This did however allow him to get out the following day!
With more snow at nigh time, Basingstoke was looking more like a skiing resort, much to my folks amusement. Even our local pub looked picture perfect in the snow. It was nice walking around our neighbourhood and speaking to locals and its funny how a bout of bad weather can bring people and communities together.
We couldn’t get out of our close so ended up walking to do the food shop. As my venue for my party was closed due to unsafe roads and treacherous conditions, we enjoyed a snow day and a nice little walk up to our local pub to celebrate my birthday. They kinda saved the day too as had a table large enough to accommodate our family and friends that made it through the snow. It was great to have my Granny, Grandpa and Grandma with me on my special day as Grandpa has a Volvo and apparently they go anywhere even in the snow.
I travelled via sleigh as my daddy pulled me to my impromptu birthday lunch. So with my Mummy, Daddy, Grandparents and close friends we celebrated the day and I blew out my candles as we enjoyed my birthday.
Even though this wasn’t the birthday we had planned it was actually quite nice and one we won’t forget for a long time! It will always be the year I wished for snow and it arrived on my birthday.
Fingers crossed I get my proper birthday party with my school friends soon x I certainly hope it will be a bit warmer so I can wear my party dress! Did you guys get any snow? Let us know in the comments. Want to see the snow action? Then check out my snow day on film, here’s to another fun year ahead and the memories we hope to share with you all.
love Bella x