Tuesday, 3 February 2009

The Great Snow Event

Snow fills me with fear.
I associate it with dangerous driving conditions.

View from the office at the end of the corridor

I struggle to appreciate the beauty
because I only see the ice.

Post modern view from office.

If I was able to sit inside and look out
I might feel differently but my life is not like that.

Please note that this is a Media Art student snowball fight
with associated cameras


It has been a long time
since the pleasure was greater than the fear.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Snow sucks, because none of us are able to just live at home. We live in our offices and cars. Our cloths and things that are used to make us presentable are merely left at home.

HeySlowChildrenAtPlay.com said...

Snow reminds me of why I have to leave the house. I agree that we don't really live our lives from home and that's why we associate it with death.

Lina said...

I guess we wouldn't see you in Canada this time of the year then?!!

RW said...

Interesting comments.
I have mixed emotions. If I know, that I don't have to leave the house and can settle into "snow day" then it doesn't bother me but that is RARE and most of the time I do have to worry about navigating through it. Here on the west coast we have no infrastructure to clear the streets properly and typical reaction is stay home if you can... not that helpful... I now walk to work so my commute is much less stressful, but I still worry for my husband.

Lynn said...

My kids are yearning for snow -- it has been a very dry winter where we live, and we have two bright, shiny new sleds that are collecting dust. I have no strong feeling for or against it, but am lucky to work at home (and my husband walks all of two blocks to his office). It's the stretches of subzero temps that strike fear in my heart, because that is when Cabin Fever sets in with a vengeance...

Blue Mountains Mary said...

It is because I am afraid of falling that I am not great with any slippery surface, including ice!

dottycookie said...

One of my greatest joys on resigning last year was knowing that, for a couple of years at least, I could greet snow with joy and embrace school closures. We have another one today becuase the back roads to the school, and the school itself, are frozen solid. I am happy, but I know there are a lot of parents who aren't ...

Stay safe, Alice.

driftwood said...

travelling in snow = no fun at all, watching snow whilst sitting snug inside, that's my kind of snow. don't get me started on ice, still suffering from falling on ice 6 weeks ago.........

trashalou said...

despite LOTS of falls yesterday onto hard, white flake-covered surfaces I still like the snow, I just have a little more respect for it now ;-)

Dragonfly said...

I have a huge fear of falling, ever since I broke my arm 9 years ago. Uni and school are both shut, again, but here I am stressing about it rather than enjoying it...

anne bebbington said...

Having grown up in North Yorkshire I suppose I ought to be a little bit used to it (even if I am an ex-pat of 17yrs standing) However even as a child I could fall flat on my behind in wellington boots on level going so it's not surprising that I detest the stuff. The only time I ever felt confident in it was when I lived out in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales but drove a 4WD Subaru which ate snow for breakfast - this was all before 4WD vehicles became fashionable Chelsea Tractors - mind you I could still transfer to horizontal in the blinking of an eye on the way to or from the car! I feel for you all in the South East - snow is fine until you have to venture outside. Lets hope it goes as quickly as it appeared. Here in Somerset we only have a sprinkling but it's turned to lethal ice overnight - think I'd have preferred 4 or 5 inches!

carolyn said...

Oh I understand completely, I'll drive anywhere in any condition, I don't blink an eyelid at peasoupers but snow fills me with dread.
The snow never lasts long here so we are usually able to just stop the world for a day or two and abandon the cars, yesterday however I ran out of loo roll. Need I say more?

eurolush said...

Snow!

I've been thinking of you since I saw the news and photos of all the snowfall in your part of the world.

We got a light sprinkling of snow here, but it was mostly gone by mid-afternoon.

Drive carefully!

PS- I enjoyed the Media Art student snowball fight you captured.

The Coffee Lady said...

Oh yes I am all there with the tedium and the fear. I made the Littlest Latte cry yesterday because I said it had been a boring day.

"SNOW IS NOT BORING!" she wailed

they had had 7 minutes of it, first thing in the morning. They would envy your media students. Snow goes away immediately here.

JuliaB said...

I know what you mean about dangerous snow, but most of nature is beautiful and savage, it's in the job description i think! ... x

Viv said...

Snow is wonderful just so long as you are equipped for it. You need boots with a good grip and I suppose a 4x4 or snow chains. I can remember as a child that there were only wellingtons and your feet always froze, you also only had woollen gloves which always got so soggy when you were making snowmen.

Personally, I love the snow (we have just returned from skiing), but yesterday it was so bad that I did not venture out I just stayed at home and "pootled". There were no trains so husband worked at home!

Sarah S. said...

I absoluly hate driving in it. But when I am snug at home all arapped up with a cup of coffee in hand I love it!

Hope you get to enjoy it a bit!

fifi said...

I love it!

I love everything about it: the silence, the light, and the careful walking and driving. I have some inbuilt system which absolutely prevents me from falling over under any circumstance!


Mind you, I only spend three weeks in it, and I am usually on holidays, so I guess that's different. But still, it enchants me utterly.