When I took these photos on a family walk last week, I knew that I would save them for today, this was the first of the snowfall last week; Joe had been waiting for it all day. He was almost on edge with anticipation and excitement, as soon as the first flake fell he was getting ready to get out in the snow. I think the months of endless rain has had such an effect on him, Joe is a real outdoors type, so when it is crisp and clear he cannot wait to get out.
Luckily the snow fell fast, and although there was not a deep covering on the ground at this time, the sky was full and the snow was heavy, and there is nothing more magical than walking in falling snow. As the snow swept across the hills the visibility reduced the view of the surrounding hills to a white haze, it really was very beautiful; it feels incredible being out there in these conditions.
We walked for about 40 minutes, sticking to the route we knew well as it is not far from the path back to the road; it was such a relief that at long last the ground was frozen solid. Months of rain had previously reduced the land to mush, it was awful and you have to stick to the roads in these conditions. And we all end up longing for walks out in the fields but it is just too muddy, and poor Toby looks at the field longingly every time we pass the gate.
It was wonderful to finally get out and let Toby run free off his lead. Even though there was not much snow on the ground the boys still managed to make snowballs and slide on the icy patches.
At one stage I was taking a photo of Jack and he looked at me and said you are always taking photos, I replied with one day you will show your grandchildren these and say thank god my Mum was always snapping away, and because of that we have so many memories recorded. He looked at me like I was mad ha ha. I hope he remembers that conversation in years to come. Its funny isn’t it? You don’t remember your life like a video, but more a collection of memories triggered by an object, photo, place, smell or piece of music.
And its days like this I want them to remember, the simple things that are sometimes harder to recall. We rounded off the walk nicely my returning home and making hot chocolate loaded with cream and marshmallows, and warming our cold toes by the open fire, whilst watching the snow falling heavily outside. It was the perfect snowy afternoon with nothing to do and nowhere to be, just enjoying family time and having fun.