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January 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

The Snowflake Dance

The Weather Gods have turned my Devon village (and most of England) into a winter wonderland of snow, and Normal Daily Life has come to a screeching halt. Yesterday the little lanes leading into the village were completely blocked, cutting us off from the rest of the world. Today they are marginally better...but we're told that another snow storm is on the way, perhaps even bigger than the first. We've stocked up on food, dog treats, and coffee, and are preparing ourselves for an exciting weekend.

In this pause between storms, I hiked down the icy roads into my office to check up on email and editorial commitments, and to post these photographs. This is Tilly's first experience of snow. She is, as you can see, utterly ecstatic. I love her "Snowflake Dance" in the picture above, which reminds me of the Snoopy Dance -- a childhood favorite.  

Puppy in the Snow
Tilly's First Snow
Jumping the Stream

A puppy's first snow

Tilly and Howard
A puppy's first snow

Tilly and me(Hat and scarf made by Emma Bull.)

View-toward-village-Commons (Click on photos to enlarge.)



Let it snow, let it snow


Above, the view of the village square from my studio window at noon today.

Below, the studio building last night when the snow began. (My windows are the ones on the left, over the wine shop, Best Cellars.)

I love the snow, which turns this already-picturesque village into a timeless and magical place -- but I don't love the cold that comes with it, seeping through every crack in the drafty Victorian building which houses our studios. Lately I've been work in layers of clothes, socks, and fingerless gloves, feeling like a little polar bear....

Studio building in the snow