Threatening sky

A snowy St David's Day -- 1 March 2006

No work today because it snowed. I did agonise briefly about whether I should attempt to go in, but the snow started to come down heavily again.

The view from my study window.

Our snow-covered house.

I am not a brave driver any more, so I emailed my Head of Department and Head of Curriculm area and said I was cancelling the afternoon class and possibly the evening class too -- unless a miracle happened and the snow all vanished.

A number of phone calls later, I had the day unexpectedly free.

Venturing out later, I found that the sheep seemed resigned to the bad weather. The farmer had made sure that they were well supplied with feed.

Fleece is not actually as white as snow.

Happy well fed sheep.

The weather remained uncertain with occasional sunny intervals when the sun managed to peep between the dark and lowering clouds. I pottered along, alternating brisk walking with loitering by the hedges and walls as I took various photos.

There are distinct signs of spring though, showers of pale catkins against dark boughs and the brightness of snow.

Also the gorse is in bloom. There is apparently a Welsh saying on the lines of "kissing is in season when the gorse is in bloom". Fortunately for lovers in Wales, there is scarcely a month when it isn't flowering.

I tried sniffing the flowers, but it must be too cold for the wonderful scent of coconut they give off on warmer days.

Walking briskly back, my eye was caught by a round cushion of moss, capped with a crust of snow, like a green iced bun. Looking closely at the florets, the drops of melted snow glittered like diamonds.

No miracle occurred, so I phoned the students to cancel the evening class, only to find that the school had been closed all day. I couldn't have run the class even if I'd wanted to.

And today is another unexpected day off. I was all geared up to attempt the journey because very little new snow had fallen in the night and I was sure the snow plough and gritter would have been out. But my Head of Dept phoned me to say that NE Wales had had it bad today and very few staff or students had made it in. So my classes have been cancelled again.

Other photos of the week

5 August 2001

Jo and Emmet's wedding
17 March 2002
Flood damage in the Coed y Brenin
Flood damage in the
Coed y Brenin, Gwynedd
16 February 2003
Field work on Waun y Griafolen
Field work on Waun y Griafolen
9 August 2003
A walk up Pared yr Ychain
A walk up Pared yr Ychain
9 January 2004
Llyn Cwm-mynach
A lake and some waterfalls
Lesser celendine
A spring walk

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