But no, beautiful though it might be when the snow first falls, I think we've had enough for this winter. Trying to keep my million miles an hour family on track when we're snowed in near the top of a hill on the edge of the Chilterns wasn't easy, but I'm pleased to say I managed not to miss any of my shows on QVC.
Battling the elements
It involved a few treks on foot (aided by my trusty Get-a-Grips, to stop me slip-sliding down the hill) to the railway station, and a couple of nights tucked up in a London hotel to make sure I was with you for the Morning Show.
Living on the hill makes getting around really difficult when it snows – difficult to the point of dangerous and daft when it comes to driving on ungritted roads. We have quite a long drive (see photo left) and for several days I didn't even attempt to get my car out. At one point, there were about fifty cars abandoned on the mile of double-bend hill down to the village, and one morning Billy and I helped the occupants of a bus and two cars who were regretting their decision to drive, having hit each other and a lamp post. Luckily the damage was only to the vehicles.
Taking time to enjoy the snow
But it wasn't all stress and frustration. I'd taken a couple of days holiday for when schools were meant to be back, to get straight at home after the Christmas break. Thanks to the snow all three children were home, so no chores were done but much fun was had instead.
Long walks in the snow with Barney, who is ten-years-old going on 2 and acts like a mad puppy!! Toboganning down the fields around the back of our home (wearing my red TSV Centigrade coat!), building an igloo in the garden and enjoying the winter scenery – living on a hill gives us beautiful views.
When you are forced to slow down because it's impossible to drive anywhere, life takes on a calmer old-fashioned feeling. Walking to the village for milk, dog food and other provisions took hours – because we stopped to talk to everyone we met on the way!
Getting back to normal
So it was fun for a while but I'm glad we're back to normal. It's as though everything was put on hold – I'm still saying Happy New Year to people although it's well into the second half of January already.
I hope you coped ok during the freeze? Some parts of the country are still suffering from the weather I think, so best of luck, and stay safe.