And “POOF!” just like that, I was whisked out of my lovely warm life in Florida, and deposited at Heathrow airport in freezing temperatures, and with gloomy grey skies overhead.
After picking up the rental car, we set off on our way to hubby’s mom, who some of you may remember, will be turning 100 in August. It started snowing, and the outside temperature was registering -1 degrees centigrade.
We drove through several pretty old villages on the way, and past umpteen ‘Olde English’ pubs, which are more numerous than even the churches.
The winding country roads seemed unending,
but, after an hour’s drive we finally arrived, and by now the snow was coming down quite fast.
Mom-in-law was so pleased to see us, but unfortunately was feeling a bit under the weather, so hubby promptly took her off to see the doctor, who diagnosed bronchitis, and prescribed medication which we hope will work very quickly.
Her garden is always so pretty, and even in winter it still looks like a fairy tale scene. The little black cats and fairies on the lawn, seem to be immune to the cold, and stay outside in all weathers. 😉
The front garden even had a couple of brave daffodils poking through the hard ground. Can you spot them?
Tomorrow evening, we’re going to the theatre to see a production of Coppelia, as some of sister-in-law’s ballet students are performing in it. I’ll try to get some photos, if it’s allowed.
Hubby tells me that with the wind chill, the current ‘real feel’ temperature is -12 degrees, with a 24 kph wind. Not my kind of weather at all. As I type this, my feet are like two ice blocks. I think I’ll wear socks in bed tonight. 🙄
Brrrr. I have a friend in England who says it’s been a miserable winter there. It looks pretty dreary in your photos. Hope your mother-in-law is feeling better. 🙂
Kind of a rude shock to the system! So good of you to rescue your mum-in-law, and whisk her off to the doctor. At that age, you can’t be too careful.
Hope cold days pass quickly 🙂
Thanks so much. We leave here on Tuesday to go to South Africa. It will definitely be warmer there. 🙂
Sounds very cold, even for England. But still wonderful. Love England. 🙂
It’s all melted now, Inga. Tody is much better, an green buds are appearing. 🙂
Shocking, in the garden !
Absolutely shocking. Stefan. 🙂
Such depressing weather – I’d rather have the extreme heat! But your MIL’s garden is magnificent. Hope she feels better soon. How was the ballet? Warm hugs xxx
Thanks, Dinx. The ballet was superb, and MiL is feeling much better. The antibiotics are working fast. xxx
From one extreme to another, AD! Just don’t get sick, my friend. My bro lives in London and is escaping this afternoon to the Canary Islands for two weeks to warm up.
Thanks, adee. So far, so good. Your brother is a wise and lucky man to be able to escape for a while. 🙂
Shocking, indeed! But undeniably beautiful, in that garden.
Indeed, Col. Today is sunny with blue sky, and a couple of degrees warmer. 🙂
Not that a couple of degrees will help much!
I’ll be grateful for small mercies. 🙂
Your post so resonated with me. Specially since I myself was in London and the UK just last week. Travelled by coach to Winchester and Southampton and I dare say, your post brings to me a germ of an idea.
I’m happy to know that my post has been a source of some inspiration to you, Shakti. 🙂
oh dear ad, fancy flying into that!!! your photos are terrific, the snow does look heavy (reminds me a little of your Yellowstone pics) but the brave daffodils bring us firmly back to england!!!
It was a bit of a shock to the system, but I’m getting used to the colder weather now. The snow is melting already. 🙂
How wonderful to feel the extremes in the matter of a day. Warm sunshine and blue skies to be replaced by cold, grey and blah! It makes coming home the highlight of your trip!
Thanks so much for your visit and your comment, Marge. My body is adapting to the change in climate, and next week, I’ll be back in South Africa, which will be nice and mild. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy my time with hubby’s family here in the cold. 🙂
Did I forget to mention how cold it was – drove to Torquay yesterday and it was so cold I thought my extremeties would drop off – roll on the summer
Apparently yesterday was the coldest March day on record for 27 years. 😯 Wishing you warmer weather very soon. Tomorrow would be good. 🙂
that must have been a shock to your system AD!!!
Hope Mom in law gets better soon!
Enjoy the show 😉
Yes it was. Today has been warmer at +2C 😀 Luxury! The ballet was fabulous.
It looks sooo cold 😦
That’s because it is. 😀
Yes looks cold and gloomy indeed, but I’m guessing a visit to one of those old pubs should take the sting out of the weather shock. 😀
We haven’t been into one of those pubs yet, Phil. A glass or two of wine at dinner also does the trick. 🙂
I see the daffodils! Thanks for the fun tour of a part of the world I never get to see. Stay warm. Socks work at night and so does a pillow propped up against the top your head. It keeps the heat in.
Thanks for looking, Janine. 🙂 Yes, the socks really worked last night. My head doesn’t get cold in bed, just my feet, and hubby doesn’t like me to put them on him. Can’t imagine why not!! 😆
Haha can’t imagine either. 😊
Looks very cold indeed, hope your mother-in-law makes a speedy recovery.
Yes it is, very cold. Thanks for the good wishes for my mom-in-law. She seems to be a little better today.
The cold weather makes stepping into a warm pub feel glorious! It’s what us Brits thrive on 🙂
Yes, I can imagine what the attraction is. 🙂
son called last night to tell me it was snowing in London!
he knows how I absolutely love it.
I love to see the snow, but I don’t enjoy the cold weather at all. 🙂
I recall pics of this garden, but without the snow. I hope she gets feeling better!
Thanks so much, Frank. 🙂
I really can feel the cold in those photos, I think I would curl up and hibernate if I had to go back to that climate
Sounds like a very good idea at the moment, Pommepal.:)
Yes the sun is shining over here today
You were very unlucky to catch a cold snap. The weather must have known you were coming. Last week it was very warm and spring was springing all over the place hence the daffodils. It’s going to be bright and sunny today! Enjoy. Hope your mum-in-law is better soon!
Yes, people have told us that we missed the decent weather. 😦 We did see some sunshine today, but it’s still bitterly cold. We need the wind to change direction, I think. Thanks for the good wishes. MiL seems brighter today.
Oh dear AD, it would be shock for me too this weather. Keep warm and stay indoors… My best wishes for your mother, get well soon. Your photographs are so beautiful, as you said like a fairy tales… Thank you, have a nice and warm day, love, nia
Thanks so much, Nia. Glad you enjoyed the snow photos. 🙂 xx
Hope the MIL makes a swift recovery.
Thanks so much, Gilly. 🙂
Quiet a difference in the weather! Lovely change though, and the snow is always so beautiful. Enjoy your stay in England.
Thanks so much, Gail. 🙂
Good wishes and thought for MIL and as for all the white… looks cold…
Thanks so much for the good wishes. 🙂
I saw the snow on Sky! Hope your mum in law recuperates quickly AD xxx
Thanks so much, Tandy. She seems to be a little better today. 🙂
Definitely not my weather.
My blood is also too thin these days. We’re so spoilt. 🙂
Hope your mother in law gets well, stay warm. 🙂
Thanks so much much, matron. She seems much perkier today. 🙂
You are definitely not in Florida anymore, but enjoy this special occasion with your in-laws.
Thanks so much, LuAnn. It’s always great to spend time with family. 🙂
AHA! You have left the sunshine state! I’m so sorry that you’re so cold!! But lucky that you went to see Mother-in-law and she got to the Doctor. 🙂 Stay warm 🙂
Thanks, Suzanne. MiL seems much more cheerful today. It must be our scintillating company, as well as the medication. 😀
lol….oh no doubt it’s your company 🙂
Florida is going to feel like a cozy blanket when you return home!
Yes it will, but we’re spending winter in South Africa, which will also seem very mild compared to England. 🙂
Oh ick ! I know you’re missing the warm weather.
How right you are, Emily, but I’m adapting, slowly. 🙂
BRRRRRR! Hope you brought your woolies……
Indeed. I have what I thought were warm clothes, until I arrived here. 🙂
Sounds like you should have stayed in Floride, but it’s good hubby was there to take his mum to the doctor. You’re such good kids! 😀
Thanks, Gunta. Florida seems a very long way away at the moment. 🙂 I like that you call us ‘kids’. 😀
You better, get the boots and bernie on!!! Welcome to Europe!!! I think there is more to come …. ice cold over here and snow for breakfast. Sure that you will have a great stay. Thanks for sharing you reality.
I have the boots, and today I bought something called a ‘Huff’, which is a sort of thick furry headband, to keep my ears and head warm. 🙂
We get this type of weather in Pittsburgh. Pretty isn’t it?
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Very pretty, Francine, but I prefer warmer weather. 🙂
Me too, Julie. 😯
In Canada -12 would be shorts weather…..
Yes, I know that. My daughter use to live there. 🙂
Welcome to the real world! Seriously, it’s not usually this bad.
I’ll have to take your word for it, Jo. 🙂 Suddenly dropping 20C is quite a shock to the system. 😉
Bring on the bedsocks! (smile) Hug!
wow what a HUGE change, bundle up good and stay waaaaaarm 😀
Thanks, Andy. I’m doing my best. 🙂
Exactly so, Ron. 🙂
It’s another way of life! Very pretty though. Keep warm.
Thanks, Sueann. Very different.:)
Looks like my area
Lucky you, Alastair. 🙂