Thursday, 1 March 2018

The "Beast from the East" Arrives To Create Havoc in UK

Hi Honeys
Winter has definitely made its presence felt here in the UK this past day or two and how!

For days the media was full of dire warnings of incoming rain and snow and of course everyone carried on with their lives because what else can you do.  We've had snow twice so far this winter but they were nothing compared to this latest bitterly cold, wintry blast.

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK

The media quickly named the approaching weather front "the beast from the east" coming as if has from the direction of the frozen plains of Siberia.  It was mentioned a few times in the break room at work, and even on the TV that's always switched on in there, but everyone smiled and no one took it too seriously.

Last Sunday I even pegged out a little laundry in our back garden, the first I've done that this year, and it all dried.  Then during early evening on Tuesday, this happened...


Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - early on it didn't seem so bad
I just assumed that was it.  The media had been doing their usual hysterical over stating of the allegedly worsening weather to weird everyone out and it was fine.  It was no worse than the last snowfall we had a few weeks back and it was fine.

I snapped a couple of photos of the garden, the photo above and the one below were among them. 

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - I love how the flash has caught snowflakes and even our furbaby Jade's eyes seem to be glowing magically :)

I love how the flash seems to have caught lots of the snowflakes, and our beautiful furbaby Jades eyes, in this image.  It's almost magical.

Next day (yesterday) though, this happened...
 
Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - very quickly though, the snow working with Storm Emma which also hit right behind, made things take a turn for the worse.

Yep, it snowed, then it snowed and then it snowed some more! It got pretty scary outside.  Hubby came home from work early yesterday afternoon because they decided to close the office and let everyone go home before the weather got any worse.

So mid evening last night I snapped some more photos and thought ok, now this must be it.  There can't be anymore snow now can there?

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - during a (very short) break in the snow I thought well this must be the end of it but....

You guessed it honeys, i was wrong as you can see below...

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - even more snow arrived, burying the garden including our beloved peonies which had only recently begun to appear.

Aw look at those two large planters buried under all that snow honeys!  The one nearest the camera, with the bamboo supports just peeping out of the snow, is our lavender which we planted almost exactly two years ago.

A look back to spring 2016 when our lovely lavender was first planted.

The other large planter is home to our beloved peony roses which had only just begun to appear through the earth before this weather hit.

Peony roses had begun to fight their way through the earth looking for spring sunshine.

I'm so happy that I covered them with a small hand towel to protect them from frost the day before the snow arrived.  It should protect them I hope.  The lavender too has a small hand towel covering the earth around the base of the lavender itself.

I used small cotton hand towels because the fabric will keep the plants "warm" and keep the frost out but being cotton they would allow moisture through too.

So, with all of this additional snow, our furbaby Jade, who does love her back garden, needed a jacket before being allowed out so that she doesn't get a chill. Yes, dogs have a fur coat but our baby has always worn a jacket for walks and I wasn't about to allow her to be cold wandering around in all that cold, frosty snow.   

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - even more snow arrived and our furbaby Jade braves the elements in her garden.

As it turns out, it was good that she did have a jacket on because the snow came up as high as her tummy/sides bless her.  In the photo above she has snow all across her face and nose and doesn't look terribly happy about it. 

You can see from the mounds of snow sitting on the bins and sheds how much snow had fallen and it had come down so fast too...

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - it's odd to think I had laundry pegged out here only a few days ago.

Enough of the back garden for now then honeys, let's have a look at our little front garden shall we?

So, we open the front door and see this...

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - view from the front door, the garden and the steps to our front door have disappeared.

The steps leading up to our front door have disappeared completely!  The top step you can see at the door in the photo above isn't actually a step it's a built up line of snow which has been driven against the front door by the wind.

Looking beyond the front steps (or where they should be!) down the garden path and out across our little cul de sac the view is almost magical.

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - view from the front door, the garden and the steps to our front door have disappeared, looking beyond our garden fence, the grass island and pavements of our cul de sac have disappeared from view too.
Snow as far as the eye can see honeys...

Back inside the garden then, we're still standing at the front door and if we look to our left...

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - view from the front door, looking to the left, the garden is covered in a thick, heavy layer of snow.

The garden is a sheet of snow with only the top of the planter, one of two which sit either side of the front door, visible, sticking up out of the thick snow.

Looking to the right hand side of the front door honeys it's enough to break my heart.

Again everything, notably our beloved rose shrubs, is covered in a thick, heavy blanket of snow...
 
Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - view from the front door, looking to the right, our beloved roses are buried beneath a thick, heavy layer of snow.

Just peeping out above the snow in the planter which sits to the right hand side of the front door are the tops of the mini rose shrub...
 
Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - by the front door, the planter which is home to our mini roses is completely buried under the thick, heavy layer of snow.

These stunningly beautiful, precious, miniature roses were a Christmas gift from a dear friend and lived on the kitchen window ledge through last winter until they were finally re-homed outside in this planter last June.

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - by the front door, the planter which is home to our mini roses - I can't wait to see the roses in bloom again.

I can't wait to see these tiny little roses in bloom again honeys...

Siberian winds & snow storms, named "the beast from the east" by the media, hits the UK - by the front door, the planter which is home to our mini roses - I can't wait to see the roses in bloom again.

As well as our other beautiful roses too of course.  I desperately want to be out in our garden, not looking out at it through windows all covered in snow.  It's at times like these I'm so glad I kept a record of a "year in the life" of our garden, via the Picture Perfect Project.  It's wonderful to be able to look back at everything that happened that year.  If you haven't seen it honeys you can find it here.

Winter this year has gone on far, far too long.  Really, it's felt like forever and a day and I'm so fed up of long, dark days and cold, biting winds.  I need blues skies, sunshine and perfect fluffy clouds and most of all I need to feel warm instead of the cold and damp that seeps into my arthritic bones and joints and makes them ache terribly.  This weather is trying to turn me into a human pretzel and I'm so fed up with it now. 

How are you coping with winter honeys?  Have you seen a lot of snow?  Are you in the UK? If so, please do be careful, this "beast from the east" isn't done with us yet and neither is Storm Emma I'm afraid.

Whatever you're doing dear ones, stay warm and safe, keep furbabies warm & safe too, have fun, smile lots and hug even more, huggles always xx

Huggles Always, Rosie xx

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  1. Stay safe and warm Rosie! I hope you're keeping well. xxx

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