Friday, 3 December 2010

Snow Joke!

Well, the snow continued to fall in our little corner of the South East! As you can see, on Thursday we had so much snow that it was tricky to open our back door to feed the birds! This door is 15 inches off the ground so that's a lots of snow!
 And this heap of snow used to be my car! Hee hee!

My workplace has remained closed so I've had three whole days at home so far with the occasional trip to the local shops.  Whilst it's so cold outside we've stayed indoors where we are as snug as a bug.  We've been playing board games, planning all the pressies we're getting everyone for Christmas, drinking Winter Pimms and cooking up some scrumptious delights in the kitchen.  As much as I LOVE snow, I have to admit that cabin fever is starting to set in and I'm looking forward to being able to get out and about again, especially as my crochet has ground to a halt as my wool stash has run out half way through a stripe! Ahhhhh!

For dinner tonight I've cooked one of my all time favourite recipes; Tartiflette with melted cheese, bacon and thyme.  Do you have those recipes that you like to recreate time and time again? This one is a winner.  Bigtime.  Sometimes I like to play around with recipes but this one is pretty much perfect just as it is, especially on a cold day when the oozing, creamy Reblochon is sooooo comforting. 

Trust me, you should try this!

Enjoy! x

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Winter Wonderland

I love those mornings when you pull back the curtains expectantly........and there before your eyes is a beautiful blanket of snow. 

Whilst parts of the UK have been blanketed in the lovely stuff for over a week, in the South East we were only hit with snow yesterday. I can't remember seeing this much snow before - it's so deep and, in parts, up to the top of my wellies! I'm one of those people who finds this weather event VERY exciting.  My workplace has been shut so we're all having a "snow day" Whooooo!

I love that life in the fast lane suddenly slows down, giving me time to chat and natter away to my neighbours.  Last night, after all the children in our road had gone to sleep, the adults all went out for a snow fight! Exhausting but so much fun.  Tonight our block of flats are going to enjoy some winter Pimms and mulled wine together.  Gotta thank the snow for giving us some good, old-fashioned community spirit!

I've been making the most of my snow day by baking banana bread whilst enjoying copious cups of tea and the occasional gulp of sloe gin. Mmmmm.  This recipe is so simple and scrum-didly-umptious and very useful to use up any mushy bananas! I'll post it later on for you.

I've also been working a little more on my stripy blanket and have been adding to the red row throughout the day. 

As I've been working I've been reminiscing over the past few months as every stripe has a story and a memory attached.  See that moss green stripe? I did that one whilst travelling to and around Dorset on my summer holiday.  Here's a copy of my mental picture that goes with that stripe.   The red stripe that I did today will always remind me of my unexpectedly cosy snow day.

What a blissful picture to end on!