I tried to write this post yesterday but WordPress would not upload my photos for some reason. However today I woke to snow so you get pictures of that as well!

I was listening to a podcast of BBC Radio 4’s Open Country in which an enthusiast for snowdrops – a galanthophile if we are being posh! – explained that in the Victorian language of flowers they stood for Hope and were therefore often planted in Churchyards. More mundanely they were also frequently planted alomng the edge of the path to the privy to help find the way in the dark!

The first ones are just coming into bloom in my garden. I don’t know how long they have been here but they were well established when we arrived in 1994. Despite all the work we have done shifting things around they survive. These are on the steep bank behind the Metasequoia at the entrance.

Daffodils will not be far behind. There are some very old ones from before our time here but these are ones I planted so a modern variety and an early one. I bought a mixed sack so I have no idea what variety any particular plant is!

As I was walking round taking these photos with the dogs I spotted an icicle on the old Oak tree in the wild part of the garden

Then yesterday afternoon we had a sprinkling of snow and overnight a good fall. It made this morning’s walk magical.

This board was propped against one of the compost bins and the snow formed an amazing texture which I just had to capture as inspiration for a future project

I now consider myself snowed in as the road was still icy yesterday afternoon and now with snow on top I won’t be able to see where I might slip. I don’t want another broken wrist! Or to crash the car. I actually like being snowed in! I always keep good stocks of food in the pantry and freezer and the woodshed is well filled so I can sit it out.


17 thoughts on “Hope

  1. Laurie Graves January 24, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    Looks a bit like Maine. Except for the emerging snowdrops and daffodils, of course. Nothing like that in Maine yet. Is it rare for you to be snowed in, or does it happen from time to time? Anyway, lovely pictures, and I am glad you are snug and warm.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 25, 2021 / 9:40 am

      Most winters once or twice I will be unable to get out for 2 or 3. Because I live at the bottom of the valley whichever way I turn out of my drive I have to immediately go up a steep hill so if the road is icy it is best to stay put. The first few vehicles get up in snow but as the snow compacts it becomes very slippery so again I am stuck. If I absolutely had to get somewhere I would watch the forecast more and leave my car with one of two neighbours who live at the top of the hills. As it is I can easily stay home!. The longest we were stuck was 3 weeks quite a few years ago but those who lived at the top helped me and tractors could get through!

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      • Going Batty in Wales January 26, 2021 / 10:35 am

        It is thawing now so later today or tomorrow I can go out!

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  2. carolee January 24, 2021 / 1:21 pm

    What lovely photos! We have had so very little snow this year compared to “normal” that I am actually wishing for more…soon, but not in April or May! Am I picky or what? So envious of your snowdrops already up and blooming. I keep looking for signs of those I planted last fall, but nothing yet. Thanks for sharing yours.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 25, 2021 / 9:41 am

      I am glad you enjoyed the snowdrops. By tradition they bloom on Feb 2nd – Candlemass or Imbolc depending on your preference for religious references – so they are aearly this year but not very.


  3. onesmallstitch January 24, 2021 / 8:05 pm

    Lovely pictures. Snowdrops lining the path to the privy sound delightful. We are expecting snow today but I’m hoping it stays in the mountains. Stay safe on those icy roads.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 25, 2021 / 9:42 am

      I am not going anywhere Jean and have just walked the dogs round the garden. Roo is not impressed because she loves long walks and has no problem keeping her feet on ice!


  4. Amanda January 25, 2021 / 6:01 am

    It is an exciting time of the year! We’re iced in today after snow yesterday, a thaw and then rain with minus temperatures so we’re not going anywhere either, not that we had anywhere too go. Stay safe


    • Going Batty in Wales January 25, 2021 / 9:43 am

      No the advantage of lockdown is that there are very few places we could go anyway! You stay safe and warm too.

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  5. tialys January 25, 2021 / 9:40 am

    We are waiting to discover what will come up through the year in our new garden and I was delighted to see a cluster of snowdrops which are going great guns at the moment.
    We had some snow yesterday but just enough to give a frosting to the fields although the hills in the distance are still white this morning. Like you, I don’t want to drive on snowy roads now that I live somewhere with narrow country lanes. We’ve run out of milk but I’ll just have to survive on using oat milk in tea or black coffee until it clears.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 25, 2021 / 9:45 am

      My neighbour has given me some long life Daioni milk and to my surprise it tastes just like ordinary stuff. I will get some more in future as my backstop supply.


      • tialys January 26, 2021 / 3:34 pm

        Ooh. I will seek it out – it’s a bit of a niche product I’ve discovered but there are places who sell it online.


  6. tidalscribe January 28, 2021 / 7:28 am

    I am envious of your lovely snow and with all of us isolating anyway at least snow makes it more fun.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 28, 2021 / 11:33 am

      I’m not a great one for building snowmen and a snowball fight on my own is a bit sad! But I love watching the flakes fall, they make even brambles look pretty and I enjoy crunching along the paths and looking at the tracks other creatures have made. I was happy to see it go yesterday because I don’t risk the steep hills on the lanes when it is icy. I imagine that at sea level and much further SE of me you get very little snow.

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      • tidalscribe January 28, 2021 / 12:27 pm

        No, very rarely, but when we had the beast from the east a couple of years ago we had a treacherous walk to the cliff top. I think I would be more careful now, as I don’t want to do anything risky that might be a nuisance to the NHS!

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