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We’re dreaming of a white New Year

December 30, 2012

Hello! I hope that Christmas fulfilled your expectations this year. Ours brought us many delights. A couple of days later it also brought (for me and a couple of unfortunate relatives) a visitation from the Norovirus or winter vomiting bug. Ah well, it’s one way to shed those Christmas pounds! We are on the mend now, I’m glad to report.

What has not yet arrived here is any decent amount of snow. Apart from the odd flurry of sleet and a dusting of white on the near hills, there hasn’t been much to speak of since mid-December. The boys are longing for a decent snowfall in order to try out the sledge which elder son made in his carpentry classes last term. Sadly, it looks as if we may be hoping in vain for any in the foreseeable future; though a little more is forecast for tomorrow, so you never know. Perhaps these photos from earlier in the month might prompt a return of good snow cover: the children are not the only creatures here who would greet it with delirious excitement., 30.12.12-1, 30.12.12-2, 30.12.12-3

And with that, we wish you a merry Hogmanay and a Guid New Year!

You might enjoy memories of a rather colder New Year in The deep freeze continues.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
    December 30, 2012 11:40 pm

    I do apologize. We seem to have received some of your snow. We have about 3 feet of it outside the door which is way more than we need of care for. I would be happy to help in any plan to transfer it or future storms to you.
    By the way, one of your native sons,John Iveson, a newspaperman, is organizing a Hoggmany celebration the capital of Ottawa. He is often on TV and radio and listening to him is not only instructional but very pleasant on the ear.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 30, 2012 11:50 pm

      Aha, so that’s where it went! I hear that Minnesota has been grabbing more than its fair share too. 😉
      It’s nice to hear that Ottawa is celebrating Hogmanay. I know that Scots are very well represented in Canada (I sometimes think that Canada is sort of Scotland on a grand scale!) so I’m sure that there will be plenty of willing participants. Hope you have a good ‘un.

      • boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
        December 31, 2012 1:34 am

        Douglas, the town near where i live, and the area about is long in Scots history. There are some problems because it is also long in Irish history. Douglas itself is mostly Irish but the area I live in for instance is known as Scots’ Bush. Actually i think the official is Scotch. There are still MacFarlanes and McMasters and Sutherlands and McNabs. I think it was the McNabs that brought the first settlers over. My family came from away though but honestly so as my father’s grandfather was an Aichison and my mothers mother a MacIntosh/Mackenzie. I have always felt akin to anyone from Scotland. Why don’t you hold a contest of some kind with a prize being a trip over. There’s only me so it wouldn’t cost much if I won. Sorry got carried away. So glad I found your blog.


  2. December 31, 2012 2:35 am

    Apart from the first fall of it, I’m not as much as a fan of snow as you are, DB, but that’s because I can’t tolerate extremes of temperature. Nevertheless, I hope you get the snow you want if only for your children and the dogs! 🙂

    I’m sorry you caught the norovirus… horrid. Were you able to do or take anything to help it? (I’m pretty paranoid about getting it and wonder if anything will relieve any of the symptoms. Presumably sticking to fluids and avoiding food must help?)

    I wish you a happy – and healthy – new year, to you and to your family.

    I’ve shared this post on Facebook, by the way. Maybe a few more folk will come by.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 31, 2012 4:46 pm

      I’m afraid sleep and fasting seem to be the only thing that work for the bug. I was able to keep sipping water all the way through, at least. The worst of it was over in 24 hours, so at least that’s a blessing, though it has taken me a couple more days to be able to face more than soup. Fingers crossed that it avoids you!

      Thanks for sharing this post, and happy New Year!

  3. December 31, 2012 2:37 am

    Oh so much snow play joy and bouncing!
    Glad all are on the mend.
    Hope the new year bring lots of smiles and adventures – and you manage to find time and share them here!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      December 31, 2012 4:59 pm

      Thank you, Philosopher Mouse. Tarka is like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, endlessly bouncy! 🙂

      Thanks for your encouragement too. I’ve not been very good at blogging these past many months, but will try to do better next year. A very happy new year to you!

  4. December 31, 2012 11:18 am

    Lovely photos. Isn’t Tarka growing? Sorry to hear that your festivities were dimmed by the dreaded bug, DB, but glad you are now feeling better. I share your desire for snow as an alternative to this endless, dreary rain. We haven’t seen a single flake of the white stuff so far this winter. Sigh….

    A very happy New Year to you and your family.

  5. dancingbeastie permalink*
    December 31, 2012 5:01 pm

    And to you and yours, Perpetua, with a big thank you for your support and encouragement this year.

  6. December 31, 2012 8:37 pm

    So sorry to hear that the bug has afflicted you.
    No snow even here, north of the Cairngorms.

    Happy New Year to you when it comes.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 1, 2013 8:21 pm

      Happy New Year! All better today, thanks. A spot of bright sun and a yomp up a hill blew the cobwebs away.

  7. Jo Woolf permalink
    January 3, 2013 2:07 pm

    A very Happy New Year to you, too! I share your hope for some snow, or even a good week or so of frost and clear skies. Anything, in fact, except rain!

  8. January 16, 2013 10:54 am

    è Bellissimo!!!!!! 🙂

  9. April 1, 2013 11:53 am


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