30 November 2010

Let's Just Call A Spade A Snow Shovel

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

I was going to go to my first outdoor antique market today, but due to the snow (sniff sniff) I am home. Unexpected housebound days allow me to do a little catch-up with a cup of hot tea and my dog on my lap (he couldn't be happier).

You can see why the English talk about the weather a lot - there is a lot to talk about!

A 'London Fog' so famous a coat company made a name for itself. This is what the weather report means by 'white cloud'? I am not accustomed to fog, but it was like driving through a blizzard with dry roads :)

We were treated with 'sunny spells' after the fog. Leaves still continue to turn and cling to their branches. 

A wonderful surprise about autumn - I can better see the view through the trees! Where I thought a forest had a rise, it actually is atop a lovely valley. Lots of charming homes now peek through the forest to my delight. 

(I think I held my camera behind me to take this shot whilst driving, which would explain why it looks like I'm on the wrong side of the road. Or maybe I am) ('whilst', very English)

Look - it is wintry inside our home. See our foggy window panes? I thought this only occurred in fictional drawings.  Now I'm keeping my eye out for a partridge in a pear tree :) Seriously!

Next up, jack FROST brings crunchy white grass and icy car windshields.

And for the last day of November, SNOW! My kids could not be more excited to see the fluffy white reminder of our old home (or more hopeful for a school 'snow day' tomorrow). Light up the fire and crank the Christmas tunes!

Being an optimist (and lover of warm weather), I sold my snow shovel at our yard sale in the US before we moved. Now I know what to put on my Christmas list this year :) 

I keep telling my husband we got off the boat at the wrong port...

Can anyone tell me how to roast chestnuts not on an open fire? I'd really appreciate it ;)

Be warm,
XO Laura


Make mine Mid-Century said...

I so love your experiences! I really do ... so personal. My favourite shots - rear-view from the car and the frosty windows.

I'm right there with you marvelling at the whole thing!

topchelseagirl said...

Try following this link www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/roastchestnuts_68084.

Shamozal said...

the photo's were beautiful and I loved your narration through them, I could feel the weather!

Thanks for popping over to the blog, isn't it funny that your husband was also an expat.....we should have known!

Kirsty (Shamozal)

Young at Heart said...

put the chestnuts in a roasting dish, in a hot oven 200 plus for about 20 minutes to half an hour, check them time depends on size but DO stick a knife in them or they will explode and exploded chestnut is a bastard to get off the oven!!! Enjoy.....

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

Thank you YAH and HSIN for the recipes- they were tender and delish! XOL

PigletinFrance said...

Thank you for popping in at mine, I'm glad you did!!!

Reading your post reminds me so much of the UK and also of my French Husbands reaction when we lived there for four years.

He never got used to fog or the windows steaming up, for some reason the windows just don't steam up where we live in France even though the weather is very, very cold right now.

I love you photo shots from the car, I have tried taking photos many a time from the car but they never come out right. You must be a very steady driver!

Sorry I can't help with the chestnuts.

Raine and Sage said...

I love looking at your window panes, and I was there for a minute with a warm cup of tea and a dog on my lap. I'm a warm person myself, but something about snow is nice. It's on my list for the children to experience! :)

FlourChild said...

Beautiful photos! And I love your window panes :) My daughter had her first ever taste of snow today, it was lovely! I kept her home from school. She is such an Aussie, she wanted to make a "sandcastle" out of it! I'm following you, your blog looks lovely :)

Privet and Holly said...

Ah,thank you for
this precious little
respite in my very
busy day : ) With
half of my ancestory
coming from the British
Isles originally, is
it any wonder that I
just adore fog and
tea and window panes
that get frosty??! I
think it must be in
the blood!! Roasting
chestnuts remind me
of NYC, this time of
year....I was there last
year in December and
you smell them being
sold by vendors on the
street corners....mmmmm...
xx Suzanne

JANE said...

Oh, Laura! Thanks ever so much for taking us on a wander with you. It was such a leap for my imagination to absorb as I sit here typing on the first day of an Australian summer! Just fab, Lovely. J x

ohabbyreally said...

Oooh I love the frosty windows, so cozy! x

Emily said...

Laura, thank you for another treat! I look forward to reading your posts after a busy day! Oh, and I hope you don't mind, but I referenced your Beatrix Potter post this evening. Hope it suits you. Thanks for that lovely post, too!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

The windows in you house are so lovely. I also enjoyed all of the other pictures...but I thought fog was limited to London (just kidding).

Natasha said...

I just love the cold weather and am not enjoying the humid and sticky weather we are having at the moment...I am living in the wrong country!

Stay warm and keep posting these gorgeous pictures please!

Best wishes,

Bethan said...

Great photos Laura. I've almost forgotten what Real cold weather is like!! Thanks for the photographic reminder.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

You've got a great set of photos ... & story here.
(Hi, I'm from Cranberry Morning link)