It would be a shame to have a winter without any snow. So it was a pleasant surprise to see that rather more had fallen overnight than the sprinkling promised by the forecasters. I'd intended to walk to work, but a neighbour needed to get to the university by 8:30 to invigilate an exam, so I agreed to give her a lift. Of course, it soon became evident that no car was going to leave our valley any time soon -- multiple cars had slid downhill and blocked each of all three exit roads by 8:00 -- so we had to walk anyway.
I was glad, naturally, because it meant I could take my time walking the scenic route and get a few photographs on the way. There was also that warm feeling of self-righteousness to savour, strolling past the stationary motorists, unaware that their day at work was already over.
Of course, some people have never seen snow, though they seem to know all about it. It's always a delight, watching gaggles of overseas students shrieking like 5-year olds, as they do all those snow things it seems they've dreamed of doing all their lives. This lot were at it outside my office window for several hours:
Otherwise, it was "snow as usual". I expect I took exactly the same pictures in the last big snow in 2010.
But that's enough snow now, thanks. The university had to close at 1:00, and will be closed over the weekend, creating havoc for the poor devils psyching themselves up for exams. In a country which may not see more than a few days of snow in a year, it's a beautiful disruption and distraction for which we are never quite prepared, rather like young Asian women playing snowballs under your window.