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I hope my friends in the North and East are coping with the snow we had last night. I can't complain as we have only had a sugar coating which is melting fast and making the roads very slippery but in the news this morning I heard that Northumberland has 15 foot snow drifts in places. I know [profile] inyadreams, [personal profile] reapermum and [profile] mizz_history live only a little way south of that county. The forecast weather maps show [personal profile] quarryquest's area is under thick snow clouds too. Three days after the spring equinox and it's still winter, although I did manage to get a small branch of catkins and one of pussy willows when I was out walking on Equinox day to bring back for cousin Jill.
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This is very much an experiment, I was given a digital movie camera for Christmas and I have been playing with it since then, My still camera was, and still is, out of action during our snow but I did manage to get a very short but good video of my girls in the snow. I am now going to try to link it into this entry. If it works once the screen goes white stop watching as it then goes black for 4 minutes.

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I'm not sure that some of my newer friends have ever seen this photo so I thought I would post it again. This is my home village shot from an angle that makes it look deserving of its original name Celenyn which means the beautiful place. I live in the last house you can see of the row running diagonally from left to right, that is running steeply up hill, there are two more houses above me. We are not as isolated as we look as we are surrounded by two housing estates built in the 50s on to the left and out of the picture and one to the right. If you look carefully you can make out the shape of one of those houses just a little up hill and across the road from me.

The field behind the top most row of houses was a play park with swings roundabouts see saws and rocking horses when I was a child here but more often than not we played on the remains of an old oak that had had to be felled because it was in danger of falling on us. That was our space ship,sailing ship, Conestoga wagon, stage coach and much much more. the swings and every thing else were removed in the 70s because they were considered dangerous because there was no soft landing only soil and grass and the old tree trunk had rotted away by then. It is now a dog walking area and ATM a sleigh run. To it's left is the local cemetery started about 1860.

At the bottom left is the local elementary school (4-11 year olds) and behind it is the only remaining building left of Abercarn House the home hove the 'Lords of the Manor' of Abercarn. The village was built by Sir Benjamin Hall(a Lord of the Manor) and his wife Lady Augusta to house their estate workers some time between 1820 and 1840. It is the coach house but had been converted into a human hose before I was borne.

Unusually for the Welsh valleys we have a small space between my village and the the ones below and above it in the valley. Normally the villages run into each other so you need to be a local to know when you have passed from one to another.

I wish I could get over to the point I took this photo from and take an other while the snow is down but while it might be possible to get my car down the hill and by a cicuitous route over to the other side of the valley I don't I could get back up again so I'm not even going to try
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The Met Office has been warning Wales about blizzards heading in from the north west since last weekend. We will not be having the depth some of you in the colder parts of the world have. In normal snow weather we are unlucky to have more then a couple of inches. We, here in the valleys of South Wales have been on an amber warning, up to six inches, for this week. Tonight it changes we are now on red alert a foot or more. We haven't seen that much since 1963 and that was the worst winter of the 20 th century for the UK. So I am going to go stir crazy if it lasts more than a few days. I won't be able to drive any where and the dogs will be jumping out of their skins with the need for a good walk. I'm not at all sure Kandi has ever seen more than a few millimetres of snow she is only 2.75 years old and her birthplace they haven't had any proper snow for over 3 years. Saffron did see a few centimetres last year and loved it.

Beth gave me a digital movie camera for Christmas, I will have to take it out with us on our short walks and learn to up load any thing that they do that is interesting.
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We had snow here yesterday, not a lot we were just a little too far south for the heavy stuff all of 12 or so miles.
Here are a few showing how little we had in spite of it snowing from at least 8:30 am to dusk.

One with Kandi to prove it is this year.


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just another two )
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Today after the majority of last year's snow had melted it snowed again here in South Wales. However thanks to the Council's generous use of salt and sand on the roads during the last snow it is the pretty kind that does not stop you getting out.
Saffron on my yard.
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more below the cut )
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Yesterday while walking Saffron I was caught in a shower of the coldest rain I have felt in my life but that was all. At 3:00am this morning little madam woke me up with her constant low growl. She was sitting on the end of the bed staring out the window. The only thing I could see when I looked out was this, she settled after I closed the curtains and then woke me at 7:30 am.
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Taken this morning after we got up, yes we have snow and Saffron wants to live in the garden with it. I wouldn't object to that as her breed was created to live out doors in these conditions but she insists the back door is left open so she can pop back in for a bite to eat now and then.
More photos under the cut )
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I have just had to spend the night with my friend Jenny in Newport. I went down to visit her as I usually do as she is still housebound with her back problems and gets bored with now one to talk to but her daughter when she is at home. Since she works more or less full time that's not a lot. We were so busy talking that neither of us noticed that the sky had clouded over and it was large white snow flakes falling from the the sky, not rain. Only when I got up to close the curtains did we see it. Now Newport is a big enough city to have its own eco and weather systems, like London,it does not snow in the city centrer or for about a two mile radius around said centre. I worked there from 1976 to 2007 and lived there for almost as long, counting this I have I have only known snow fall and stick, which this was, in Newport 5 times in all those years. I phoned cousin Beth to see what it was like 700feet or so above the sea level I was at. She said don't attempt getting home we are snow bound though the main road seemed to be passable the hill wasn't.


Good
Saffron was with me
Bad
I had only brought food for her evening meal
Good
The local super market hadn't closed and I was able to buy dry food for the morning.
Bad
It cost twice as much as I pay at Sainsbury's
Good
There was a spare bed
Bad
It was a single, Saffron occupies half of my double and she tried to do that on the single.
Good
She does realise I'm Alpha female and she is beta so I won.
Bad
Neither of us had any of our pills and potions. Luckily none of our pills are life threatening to do with out but we both woke up achy in the morning and I had to watch what I ate.
Good
No snow in Newport when we woke up and I was able to get bread from the local baker as Beth was still snowbound. but it was melting fast but she was worried that our Blackwood supplier would have been sold out by the time she could have got there.
Bad
Arriving home safe and sound with supplies safe and sound and discovering the one thing I didn't have was my hand bag. Which means That I am with out money , in my bag, and the means to procure it, cash card also in my bag, until I go back and fetch it. It's not as bad as it might be, I know Beth will sub me if I need money and I have done my weeks shopping already but it is annoying.

Incidentally Saffron thinks snow is a rather bland ice cream and keeps eating it, as it is the first she has ever seen that isn't surprising.
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Last night the weather forecast for my part of the world warned of snow showers settling on high ground. Now when they say high ground that usually means no closer than the Brecon Beacons which are over 2,000 feet+ high So I just ignored it. What they didn't say , or more likely what I missed was it would be moving up from the south. When I got up this morning the mountain behind me looked like this
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But nothing on the hill or gardens.

I took Losyn to the Sirhowy walk thins morning, which is south of me and the ammount of snow increased.
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Thankfully there was none on the walk itself. It was bitterly cold though and Jack Frost had been having fun with the puddles.

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I curled up in front of the computer of the computer when I got home and haven't left the warmth of my living room since. There has been no sign of a thaw on the mountain so I imagine it is freezing out there still.

I hope these pictures help you cool down when you get back from your holiday vilakins. I would gladly take some of your heat and humidity, I am so fed up with winter.
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I went mad in an on line yarn shop a few weeks ago. Part of the madness turned up yesterday afternoon. I managed to resist opening it last night but couldn't stop myself this morning. I bought 4 hanks(skein) of natural silk and I wound one hank into a ball.. I should have known better, my nice black out fit now looks as if I had been laying on the yard. Yes I'm covered in a pale cream fluff and the garden is rapidly becoming covered with soft white snow. The birds breakfast is already covered but it's not yet sticking on the stones. I hate winter, I want spring NOW.
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My village is in the mountains but is only about a third of the way up one, Mynyddmaen(the mountain on which my village sits). is just under 1500 feet above sea level(457metres) and Chapel of Ease is about 500 feet(152 meters)above sea level. the weather certainly makes you realise it's winter but it's not freezing. Pen-y-fan Pond is on approximately the same elevation as the summit of Mynyddmaen. I took Losyn for his morning walk around the pond this morning.

There is a saying in these parts that snow lies waiting for more. My trip up to the pond and back down again showed me that there was plenty of snow laying around for more to join it. I saw that when I was driving so couldn't take photos and there was not much laying around the pond but it was freezing, literally. I've up loaded these pictures as HUGE so click on the thumbnail, then click on the picture you are taken to, to see them properly.

This was the only patch of snow I could photograph closely.
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The pond is still frozen, the littlest black dot in this one is a crow standing on the ice not a water bird sitting on it.

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Here are other views of the pond showing the edges defrosted but the rest of it still frozen..
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There are three lifebelts on stands on the deep side of the pond just in case some one fell in. I should rephrase that, there were three lifebelts on stands. This is why, I didn't bother taking 3 photos as they would have all looked much the same. For reasons best known to my little camera it wouldn't focus properly automatically on these shots and I don't think it has a manual.
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I think failed candidates for the Darwin awards used them to slide down the steep sides of the pond and onto the ice when there was 3 foot of snow up there and there was a competition to see who would travel furthest. I know teenage Welsh boys well enough to imagine what they were trying to do but I cannot fathom why.

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