Samuel Taylor Coleridge said that "advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind". While the snow might fall softly, the affect on the West family is all but gentle.
A little after midnight last night I (David) was awoken by an elated Rebecca excitedly opening the curtains to watch the soft but persistent falling of the first snow of winter. While I have eagerly awaited this time, I was all but totally unconscious and so the most excitement that I could muster was a "gradtpndfdtsnorrrrrr". But I was up early to enjoy the snow (like the big kid that I am).
Following a proper winter breakfast of oatmeal with maple syrup and raisins all nine of us (the Wests and Samuel's friend Finn, who had spent the night) were decked out in boots, gloves, hats, socks (multiple pairs for each person), scarves, coats and a scattering of waterproof trousers, sledges and pushchairs ready to brave the cold. Our trusty sled dog was hitched to the sleigh and the Terra Nova Expedition 2 set off.
We learnt two things today:
- Liliana and Harrison like the idea of snow but not so much the fact that it is cold.
- Labrador puppies get easily distracted and so do not make the best sled-dogs.
So after a weaving, snowball-filled journey over icy bridges and through narrow passes we arrived at the hilly riverside location for our snowy frolic.
As I might have mentioned before, we love the snow!