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Snow, November 2010

We will remember this month's snow for a long time. Travel disruption has been unprecedented (airports closed, trains cancelled, roads impassable) and my ski-ing holiday seems unlikely to happen. Shoulder-deep in powder snow, poor Bramble can barely walk, almost having to swim. But amid all the practical chaos and everyday hassle, it's good to look around and notice the quiet beauty. Sounds are muted, shapes muffled, strangeness prevails.

Mundane objects like the balcony over our frozen pond have been transformed,


the ironwork chair has developed improbable, generous cushions of snow ...


... and on the terrace, the chimenea has acquired a colossal crown.



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