Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sud: c'est le Nord!

My title was the banner headline of our regional newspaper this Friday: 'The South - it's the North!' And so it seems at the moment... We woke yesterday with quite thick snow on the ground, and it carried on snowing lightly all day.
In the afternoon we took the dog and our sledges down to the Coulée Verte, where an abandoned farmhouse sits at the top of some good slopes.
We were on our own at first, although the marks in the snow showed that another family had already been sledging there in the morning.
The longer we stayed, the more people joined us. Even though we live in a warm area of France, the Pyrenees are so close that nearly everyone has skiwear and snow equipment. Some teenagers began to build a ramp for their snowboards.Ben and I went skidding and tumbling down the slopes on these little things - the boys have learned to call them 'skeletons' from their 'Mario at the Winter Olympics' game. Lots of screaming and spinning ensued!The boys had their big plastic sledges, and had many races. Raja won every race she joined, but we think she was cheating!When her fur began to clump with snow, I brought her home and threw another snowy log on the fire.I heated up some soup and bread rolls, and when the menfolk returned we celebrated the temporary arrival of The North!

21 comments:

Rubyred said...

Isn't the snow wonderful!
It must be slightly warmer here today, as our snowman's nose has dropped off! Snow is beginning to melt on the rooftops too! Thanks for the link to the other'challenge' blogs you sent me.That was really kind of you!
Rachel x

marigold jam said...

Sounds as if you had fun!

Jane

Lululiz said...

I have to admit that I really quite liked messing around in the snow. I know its a real drag for drivers, but even so, everybody seemed to be so happy out playing in the snow.

VintageVicki said...

Looks like fun :)

Is starting to melt here too - our snowman is headless!!

charl said...

having been sleging ourselves this week.. ive realised how good it is for the whole family isnt it.. gets them away from the tv and out into the fresh air.. u lucky thing though as come the summer you'l have lovely southern warmth!!!
loving the idea of coming home to a proper roaring fire ..ooo lovely!

TheMadHouse said...

Looks like you all had great fun. Oh and the soup and bread sounds yummy too. We have had a slight thaw today, MadDad has cleared the drive, but we are forcast more tonight and tomorrow

VintageVicki said...

Ouch - just read your comment on my blog. Hope he's ok and its just a sprain.

CraftyHelen said...

It's so great to hear of you enjoying the snow. I'm getting a little tired of all the moaning about the weather on this side of La Manche. We may not see snow like this for years so I say let's enjoy it while we can!!!!

Serenata said...

What fun! Isn't the snow wonderful when you don't have to go out to work in it?

Serenata said...

Hope DS foot is okay?

Re said...

Glad you had such fun with the snow, have to confess to be heartily fed up with ours now.

Josie-Mary said...

What a great day :)

Floss said...

Update: Son 1 has hurt his ankle in today's sledging escapade - chipped a bone and torn cartelidge! I'm feeling slightly less excitied about the snow now - but it is melting, and he is perfectly cheery.

Michela said...

Hello Floss! Lovely snowy pictures! I'm so sorry to hear about Son 1, hope he gets better soon!

Sarah said...

Good grief every blog I've looked at so far is full of the white stuff! How pretty and also fun for all. Enjoy yourselves while it lasts. I just adore that abandoned farmhouse!! I'd love to live in something so beautiful.

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Those photos are great..and what a fun day for you all...actually I appreciate the cooling effect of these pics..we have had such a HOT day here..it got up to 38C - yuck!

Mami said...

Hi,Floss
You were enjoying snow. we dont have any snow here. Hope son1 get better soon.

Have a nice week!!

Sarah said...

I keep thinking I need to get a sledge but by the time I do, the snow will have gone I think!

A Country Girl said...

We have had lots of fun in the snow here (luckily with no injuries) but Suffolk is a bit flat for decent sledging!
Today we have lots of deep wet slush, really horrid.

VintageVicki said...

Ouch - poor DS1 - hope he's on the mend soon :( xx

Lola Nova said...

Oh my, what a winter wonderland! We had a brief bit of snow that lasted one day, still it was fun. I have been hearing about all the cold weather you have been getting. Looks like you are making the most of it though:)