Wednesday, 13 March 2013

What happened to Spring?


You may have heard it mentioned on the news this week that life in Normandy has been disrupted by a little snow?




At the weekend the garden was looking wonderful with hundreds of daffodils in bloom, the flowering quince was covered with red flowers, the forsythia was beginning to get a slightly yellow aura, as it does before it blooms and of course wild primroses, scattered here and there, all added extra charm.



Then on Sunday night, blowing in from the East, came the snow.


It snowed all day Monday and all through the night.



All day Tuesday it snowed and blow'd.
A local farmer attempted to clear the road, using a tractor as a makeshift snowplow, the 5 foot drifts in the lane soon defeated him.


Our driveway was reduced to a 18 inch footpath down one side as the drifts continued to form. Walking was difficult to say the least.
Tuesday night the thaw began with great whooshes the snow fell off the roof, scared M'selle Fleur half to death.
So, here's the problem....................

Tomorrow the SP & I supposed to be driving to Calais to catch the Eurostar to Folkstone, UK. We have long been looking forward to a short stay in the Yorkshire Dales and have booked a pretty little cottage close to the village of Reeth. I spoke with the owner and he assures me that the weather in Yorkshire is lovely, with blue skies and sunshine!


Afterwards I went out to check the situation in the driveway, still impassable, so I called Remy, Mayor of our little village, and explained the dilemma. He informed me that his fils was out and about clearing the lanes and that we will be able to "sortir la maison aujourd' hui". I really hope so.
Now, all I have to worry about is that June & Leighton (our trusty house & dogs sitters) will be able to dig themselves out of their own snow bank and get to us safely in the morning.

C'est la vie en Normandie!

21 comments:

  1. Nice to hear you share our problem. Last week I started working in the garden and now my nice little flowers are hidden under a snowy blanket.But spring will return!
    Magdalena

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  2. Oh dear Maggie, what a dilemma when you have everything booked for your holiday at home. Hope so much you will be dug out with the help of the mayor's son...........that snow at this late date is just unbelievable. I hear they also have snow in Devon and Scotland - pray the Yorkshire Dales stay free and clear when you get there!

    Keep us informed - best of luck, and do have a safe trip over. I'll be keeping fingers crossed.

    Love and hugs - Mary

    P.S. Shame you're not headed to HH instead! Lovely here in the southeast at present - should be 70F+ on Sat. for the St.Patrick's Day parade etc.

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  3. Maggie, I think the snow storm on our east coast blew across the pond to you. It is beautiful but I hope you can get to England for your holiday. xo Jenny

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  4. Oh, Maggie, you were slammed with the snow. It's snowing sideways here, today and may cover the daffs, but I don't think anything so intense as what you have. Well, I'm hoping you are dug out and all aboard and off to someplace warm or at least sunny for a few. Sounds like a holiday is due! Looking forward to seeing photos of spring in Yorkshire!

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  5. Snow! So unexpected. I do hope you will be able to sortir as planned and enjoy your vacation in the UK. How wonderful to be on speaking terms with the mayor and his helpful son. The charm of a small village. No snow here, just lots of rain, cloud and mist.

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  6. What a shame to have your beautiful flowers all covered in snow. But they were beautiful, and your home is beautiful and yes, the snow is even beautiful. Hope you can get out and make your trip to England. Look forward to more pictures.

    Laurie

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  7. Oh no! All those pretty flowers covered in so much snow. I hope they will spring back when it all melts away. Hope you are able to make your trip. Best wishes, Tammy

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  8. Look at those grand daffodils. Look at the snow--I hope it didn't crush the daffodils. We had snow, too, much needed given that we are in the grips of an awful drought. Bring on the snow. I have to confess to being a wee bit jealous of your stay in a cottage in Yorkshire--your reality, my wonderful daydream.

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  9. I saw the snow on our news and thought of you. I hope you got off alright and are enjoying that beautiful part of England!

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  10. What a shock to see your lovely daffodils buried under all that snow Maggie! Here we're in the midst of yet another winter snowstorm - just another layer of snow that has continued to fall for the past 6 months. Hope that you have a wonderful holiday in Yorkshire!

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  11. Oh Maggie-- I do hope you were able to go on your trip-- and hope you are having a wonderful time. Maybe it will be spring when you come home--

    Love
    Vicki

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  13. Hi Maggie,
    I hope you made it to Calais for the Eurostar last week. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures. Keep warm,

    Chris

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  14. I hope you made it to your pretty cottage in Yorkshire, where the sun was shining. :-) 5 foot drifts of snow does not sound fun, unless you are on a skiing holiday.

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  18. Hi Maggie,
    Since I am reading this late I'm hoping you were able to get out for your trip!! Your flowers looked beautiful before the snow fell. We had over 6 inches of snow yesterday....I'm ready for some real spring!
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