What a difference a day makes

We had sunshine and blue skies all day yesterday and it really felt like spring. By the afternoon, most of the snow in our garden had melted and the hills around us looked green rather than white. Our friend Marielle popped in for a visit and brought with her some sunshine. After tea, we took Marielle for a walk up to Gol Kyrka. The sun was still shining although there was a distinct chill in the air.

Today we awoke to fresh snow: slowly but surely the grass in the garden started disappearing. We went out to the Fretex so Damae and Marielle could snuffle round in the clothing section: I wanted to check if there were any more Mankell or Staalesen books for sale (yes there were!). By the time we left everything was covered in a thick layer of snow.

The snow kept falling as I left the two of them to their snuffling and went off to pick up a package from the Post Office. I carried on snowing when I returned and as we sat drinking coffee and eating waffles.

It is still snowing outside as I write. Although tomorrow is the first day of April it is clear that winter hasn’t finished with us yet. The new snow hides treacherous patches of old ice and I came a cropper on the way down into town falling flat on my back. It happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to be surprised. I’ll watch my step this evening on the way to choir.

Despite this, the snow looks really lovely out there and a layer of new snow will be good for the cross country ski tracks.