If only they'd bring you a menu .
" Rain again , Madam ? Gale 'n Hail ? Or chef has some very fine wet snow ... that comes with a side dish of icy slush ." Then at least you could plan the next few days .
I mightn't have found myself travelling through banks of fog on a nearly empty train , peering out for some sign that I wasn't an extra in a next season's Dr. Who episode . Still , I was rewarded by glimpses of a deer and a very large flock of geese . Three grey Shetland ponies stood expertly camofluaged in a frosty field . The odd hawk stared beadily out over the frozen ditches . A red bulldozer and a couple of men with a theodolite loomed out suddenly , like ghostly Bob the Builders .... they could probably have done with a menu , too .
Once in Groningen it was only slightly better , and someone had been knocked down on a corner of the market square . He lay in a puddle of blood , under a pile of table cloths ripped off a nearby cafè's tables , a couple of building workers giving him first aid . An ambulance tah-too-d round the huge square ... and stopped on the wrong corner . A bunch of people , coats flapping , ran up trying to redirect it , confusing things further . A tall foreman walked towards it waving his yellow helmet and order was restored , the man loaded into the ambulance and a policeman tidied up . We stood feeling a little lost . Luckily there was a clue
" At least we know where the tower is ", said a woman clutching her coat closer , before disappearing in the general direction of the shops ...
On the return journey we were suddenly treated to sparkling hoar frost , just till I'd found my camera and we'd hit the fog again . That night all the weather maps had Amber warnings . No , not snow but sheets of rain and rough seas .
Still , Middle daughter reported a light dusting of snow yesterday , when I 'phoned . Small Grandson the Adventurer, had apparently already put on his wellingtons , grabbed the binoculars and was ready for action .
"It's snowing ! I'm going to build a NoMan !! " he yelled to me and went to the window in case any more fell . Daughter laughed and finished her coffee first, as we chatted . Perhaps the teaspoon might come in handy when they went out .
The curly kale still had a few snowflakes , later in our market .
Today we've got blazing sun and there's a fine display of snow shovels outside the hardware shop .
SmitoniusAndSonata is a mother and daughter collective blog.
London based Smitonius (Jessamy) makes one of a kind jewellery using vintage buttons, as well as a combination of beads from all over Europe: from lampwork ones by a range of UK artists to vintage and modern glass beads.
Sonata is a miniature quilt maker based in the North of Holland (Leeuwarden). Geraldine Keyzer is already known to collectors of Hitty dolls and owners of vintage dollhouses. She likes to use vintage as well modern cotton to create a range of quilts from simple One Patch to the more complex Grandmother's Garden.