Saturday, 10 December 2011


After the hurricane and lashing rains of a couple of days ago we are now covered in SNOW.

And that ain't good - you can keep snow well away from me this year. Had enough over the past few years to last a lifetime!
This is from my front door.

and from the back door.

Yah boo sucks! Bah Humbug!


Argent said...

It looks pretty, but I can imagine how annoying it is for you. We've not had any in the midland yet. Hope you're keeping warm.

Snowbrush said...

Hey, my name's Snow! I take this personally!

Angelina said...

You live in a snow-globe! Grab a nice cup of tea, and just enjoy...for the next six months or so. I love snow, if only it stayed just for a couple of months.

PhilipH said...

Yes Silver, keeping warm indoors today. Venturing out to Galashiels tomorrow morn.
Snowy: You can bring your snow brush here if you like and use it to good effect. Free tea and biscuits on offer ... can't say fairer than that.
Angie: SnowJoke at the moment. There were 50,000 homes without power yesterday and getting the lights back on is always a worry for we old 'uns. Snow is fine for the kids. That's when I loved it too. Many snowfalls and moons since then though. ;-)

Star said...

Oh dear! I hope I didn't wish it on you. However, without the snow, you wouldn't have been able to take such superb photographs, would you? I notice you didn't step out far to take them! Very wise.

PhilipH said...

Thanks Stella, you've arrived in time for the sunshine! Yes, we have the BEST of the weather this lovely sunny Sunday. What an appropriate name for the day.
Snow is disappearing fast as the temperature climbs; keep climbing!
Trust all goes well with you.

Valerie said...

Like you I hate the snow. Please, please, don't send it down to the Midlands. I liked your pictures, though.

Snowbrush said...

"Snowy: You can bring your snow brush here if you like and use it to good effect. Free tea and biscuits on offer ... can't say fairer than that."

Snowbrush (not me, but the shrub I'm named after) is a mountainous plants that does very very in snow, but they're called snowbrush because of their abundant white flowers. As for how fair you are, throw in two weeks room and board, and I'll see you tomorrow.

PhilipH said...

OK Snowy, thanks for the horticultural explanation; didn't know of this plant and your nom de plume.
And I'm glad to say that ALL the snow melted away to nothing overnight! A M A Z I N G.
So, no tea and biscuits (aka cookies in America) available now.
Cheers, Phil

The Bug said...

Well that's the best kind of snow then - very lovely & then GONE :)

Snowbrush said...

"So, no tea and biscuits (aka cookies in America) available now."

I've long wondered what the British call that which the Americans call biscuits. Surely, you have them, but I've never heard the word for them.

PhilipH said...

Snowy, I'm not SURE but I think your American biscuits are more like our SCONES.
They're not on offer either!

Snowbrush said...

I copied the following from

"There’s a fine line between biscuits and scones. It’s true that your English scones look different than your Southern Buttermilk Biscuits but there is not that much difference between the two. And if you shape your biscuits like scones and scones like biscuits, it’s hard to tell the difference.

"Biscuits and scones are often mixed and baked the same way. We use a round biscuit cutter for both.

"Typically, scones are made with egg and are a little sweeter. Often scones have fruit or nuts added and may be drizzled with a glaze. But you can add fruit and nuts to a biscuit recipe also. (Some would say that if you, do your biscuits just become scones.)

"Scones originated in Scotland; biscuits are thought of as an American food."

I've never made scones, but I make biscuits with flour, salt, baking powder, oil, and milk. (I also add rosemary occasionally, although I don't remember why I started doing so because I've found any that had it other than my own. I suppose there are people who use sugar in biscuits, but I never have, have seldom encountered it, and would find it repulsive; so I have no idea why the writer said that scones are "a little sweeter."

Biscuits are also more common in Southern USA--I seldom find them here in the American Northwest, although I try to never run out at home.

Another English blogger friend (All Consuming) told me once that popcorn isn't commonly found in England, a statement that I had never considered and which surprised me very much.

PhilipH said...

Thanks Snowy. I have just visited the link you provided and have asked for their free ebook on baking. Good website.
~Cheers, Phil

Vera said...

Hope you are keeping warm, and that the weather is not causing you too much of a problem. No snow here in SW France as yet.

the bewildered beekeeper said...

Hello Philip,
Hope that you are all well. I am thinking of you all at this time of year. I trust that all your family are OK.
We are all hale & hearty here in north Northumberland, albeit without any snow. Plenty of scones and biscuits though. I wonder what the Americans call crackers?
Amazing isn`t it that two such countries as England and America can be seperated by a common language. Still I think that I prefer my wifes scones, still warm, sliced and thickly buttered with added clotted cream and strawberry jam. Now, which goes on first, cream or jam?
Best regards, David, the bewildered beekeeper.

PhilipH said...

Thanks David,
Hope you are doing well still in your new abode.
Have a good Xmas and a great New Year.

Snowbrush said...

Hey, Philip, we need another weather update here. Surely, all the snow has melted by now. I lived in Minnesota for two years where the snow doesn't melt until Spring. I hated that.

PhilipH said...

Hi Snowy,
Nice to see you, and yep - we are free of snow now. It's NOT been a white Xmas, thanks to whomsoever is responsible!
It's been quite mild actually although the winds have been gale force at times but not a problem.
Hope you and Peg'o'your-heart are doing nicely and that you both have a good New Year.
Cheers, Phil

Russell said...

Stop by and wish Johanna a Happy Birthday on Tuesday, December 27!

Cloudia said...

How exotic!

Thank you Phillip for finding my blog and leaving an interesting comment. You are always welcome-

Aloha from Waikiki
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Snowbrush said...

Just wondering how you're doing. Snow is in my forecast now, but only a few inches, and it never lingers here in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

PhilipH said...

Frostbound, but not snowing (yet). We don't mind the glistening frost and icy chill as long as we don't get snowbound again!
Lovely daughter Clare reports that she has NOT had an epileptic seizure for a whole month as of yesterday! Great stuff, simply great.

Cloudia said...

what's new?

Warm Aloha from Hawaii
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Snowbrush said...

Philip is very bad, Cloudia, because he doesn't post enough to please his adoring fans.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

dropping by via comfort spiral blog by cloudia to say hi.

i love snow and those photos are all fantastic!
but i can imagine how annoying it is for you.

your blog is really nice!

have a great day!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

...and i love UK as well.

PhilipH said...

Kindest regards Gwendy and thanks for dropping by. Croydon is now more of a thriving suburb of London and is a bit of a concrete jungle compared to when I was a youngster there. Memories are always the same though; they can't convert those into concrete!