Tuesday trees: snowbound
Today is St.Andrew’s Day. We are in celebratory mode, but mainly because we have light and heat and – oh the relief, she babbles weakly – internet connection to the outside world again. All day yesterday we were without power: major problems with the supply to the local area meant that a second power cut began on Sunday evening and ended in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday. We kept the family ‘den’ warm with our wood-burning stove chuntering away all day, but it was back to the bad old days of having to put extra layers on (a jacket over my two jumpers, and wrist-warmers in my case) to venture out to the rest of the castle.
The weather has gone mad. Scotland – and much of the rest of the British Isles – is under a blanket of deep snow, roads and airports are closed, power lines down, schools shut. Our boys have been having a lovely unscheduled holiday, snowed in at home. We have been out sledging every morning, yesterday enjoying deep pillowy snow and brilliant blue skies. Sledging down the hills in the fields was as good as going somewhere very expensive in the Alps, we thought – and the hot chocolate in the kitchen afterwards was a lot cheaper too!
So today’s trees are completely unscientific (and a little late, as I have been catching up on chores postponed by the power cut). I just want to share some lovely snowy pictures with you. These were all taken around the castle, the trees looking as if they are auditioning for a Christmas card. Well, it is December tomorrow, when we can start opening our Advent calendars (children) and panicking about Christmas (parents), so I suppose these views are helping to get us in the mood.