I realise I am being selfish but the snow made everything quieter and my well-being improved as a result.
Yes, I missed hearing the birds singing but I did not miss the assault of man-made noise. At least the rain kept the latter at bay for today.
I agree with you to an extent, caretwo. My only concern was that if it had gone on too much longer, I would lose too much pay. The centre where I work was closed, and unable to re-open until the snow had gone - which it now has. And at my job, if I don't work, I don't get paid. I've lost three days. Fortunately, I have some savings that can cover it. It's annoying, really, because the office staff get full pay. I've found this in many jobs I've had, where there's been a division in the workforce: admin and front line. It's very unfair. Care is a very difficult and demanding job, that we don't do for money anyway. But I've worked in offices. Anyone, if they're reasonably capable, can do office work. Not everyone can do care work.
If things had been different that way, though, I'd be in full agreement. I like the quietness. The light. The way that everything seems pristine and sparkling. I really wouldn't mind living in a country like Iceland, Canada or Norway, where they have months of this, and are adapted to it.
The other thing is... now that the snow's gone, the roads are much worse where the frost has attacked them. Our roads were bad enough before. Now there are craters everywhere!
I know what you mean. I went for a walk the other night in the snow, the first time I’d been for a walk in a long time. It was wonderful, hardly any cars or people around. It seemed so bright, but not startling and everything seemed soft and somehow quieter. It was wonderful. I felt like I was walking on a film set. I love the cold weather but also, it means less people are out and as I like to be out, that’s a huge bonus to me. If I’m going to be in the U.K. at all, I especially like it in winter.
Sorry to hear that you lost three days' pay. I agree with you about the unfairness of the situation. I noticed a BBC news item (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-43272396) mentioning that Scottish ministers are considering action against employers for docking the wages of staff who could not make it to work because of the bad weather.
If only there was a way of creating the same quiet atmosphere but you could still attend work!
I have sometimes wondered if living in Iceland, Canada, etc. would suit me better.
You describe the situation well. I also prefer winter (preferably a cold one).
Oh yeah, the colder the better. Let’s keep this a great secret so others don’t cotton on to how wonderful the cold is and all it’s added bonuses, such as less people, less man made noise, you can actually feel nature, you’re head, ears, feet and hands are warm but the cold pinches your face. I love it. But snow and cold at night is something else! Lol! I love autumn but I think I prefer snow the best.
Me too. I love love love the idea of colder climates. I just haven’t got there yet. I usually end up in Australia or Bali or India at the height of its dry season and heat! Lol! I’ll get to a cold place one of these days :)
Here's one of my favourite poems about snow. It says so much in so few words, and encapsulates the experience...
Yeah, I like that.
BlueRay said:I just haven’t got there yet. I usually end up in Australia or Bali or India at the height of its dry season and heat!
BlueRay said:If I’m going to be in the U.K. at all, I especially like it in winter.
To "BlueRay"... Try heading North. That might help. (...)
....To all else who may read, and to CareTwo of course... Rain is also amusing sometimes, only through seeing the amount of persons who hide underneath porches waiting for it to "stop", forgetting that this is the UK, and that one should *always* carry an umbrella even in July, yes indeed...
I live about as far North as it's possible to get (in the UK) and we've had no more than a centimetre of snow throughout this whole 'Beast from the East' period. Also, no-one here (apart from tourists) carry umbrellas - there's no point as they don't last more than 5 minutes in the winds up here. It can be pretty funny watching the tourists attempt to use umbrellas though!!