This is NOT Florida weather.

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. πŸ˜‰


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. πŸ™„



92 comments on “This is NOT Florida weather.

  1. 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. πŸ™‚

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. 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!!!

  7. 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. πŸ™‚

    • Apparently yesterday was the coldest March day on record for 27 years. 😯 Wishing you warmer weather very soon. Tomorrow would be good. πŸ™‚

  8. 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. πŸ˜€

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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. πŸ™‚ Stay warm πŸ™‚

  13. 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! πŸ˜€

  14. 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. πŸ™‚

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