SNOW!

I really wasn’t going to do a snow blog, because my brain is bursting with other things to blog about at the moment and I know you can’t blink on twitter/instagram/facebook without seeing another photo or reference to the cold white stuff but… it’s just SO pretty! And I get the hype, it’s so rare that we get a decent depth of snow to roam around in that it just brings out the sparkly child in everyone and what’s not to like about that?

I’m very fortunate that Hampstead Heath is basically my back garden and after 18 months of living around the area, I know it’s nooks and crannies pretty well. I know the best tree to climb and the secret sledge runs and even the areas you can be guaranteed not to see another soul (not even a shifty character!) But I don’t think I’ve ever seen it looking more beautiful than today. Snow definitely suits the heath. The sky was as bright white as the ground, obviously full of more snow just waiting to fall again. This transformed the winter trees into spindly silhouettes and the hoards of sledgers on parliament hill took on a ghostly Lowry-esque quality.

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When people ask me what my favourite season is, I don’t really have a favourite. I just like proper seasons. I like my spring to be cherry blossom cardigan weather. I like my summer to have long balmy evenings drinking cider on a picnic blanket in the park. I like my autumn to burn through yellow orange and red colours and finally I desperately want my winter to dazzle me with Hollywood snow. So far winter has just been wet in London. Grey, wet, glum and with the occasional chilly night (always at the most inconvenient times when I’ve braved massive heels or left my woolly hat at work) so I knew it was vital to make the most of this fleeting snow day. Nick was a very willing companion as we bundled up in thermals and woollens and started a near-2 hour trek from one side to the other of the heath, stopping to do as much cheesy snow stuff as possible – snowballs, snow men with twig afros, snow angels, nearly falling into the frozen lake…

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I haven’t made many snow angels before and Nick had never ever made one (I think they are quite an American thing? I only learnt about them as a kid from watching Groundhog Day obsessively) so I gave him the patch of snow that didn’t have a single footprint on. I was at least smart enough to wait to the end of the walk to go rolling around in the snow as once you’ve angel-ed it manages to find it’s way in everywhere and suddenly I had damp patches and icy trickles everywhere, brrr! I really liked getting so cold though,  there’s no point being all adult and sensible in the snow.  We soon warmed up with a giant cup of tea and a big wedge of cheese & chutney on toast at home. We also finally finished True Blood season 4 – Did you watch it? What did you think? I have been a huge True Blood obsessive since season 1. I even have a Merlotte’s tee-shirt! I loved everything about it; the southern drawls, the incredible opening titles, the theme tune, the sultry Sookie, the vampires, the concept of true blood itself, Sam… In fact I thought season 3 was the best so far and was so excited for season 4 but wow. What a mess! Half way through the season I just couldn’t care less about any of the characters and the stories seemed to have gone off in a witchcraft weird tangent and there were constant wtf moments. I barely watch TV at the moment so when I do have a boxset feast I want it to be really good! I’ve never been so underwhelmed by a season finale and definitely won’t be watching season 5, I’ll probably just read the episode summaries on wikipedia and continue to be disappointed! The first one I looked up had the phrase “giant blood spraying vampire goddess” in it. Next up for boxset viewing for me is The Hour (which is a bit ridiculous I never started watching as I adore Mad Men and this is meant to be the UK attempt) and Community which my sister is desperate for me to watch and discuss and that’s a good enough reason for me. Ok, end of TV tangent…

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^By far the classiest photograph of me on the internet! Also Nick, despite being a first timer, is certified more angelic than me. We saw lots of sights on our snow mission; like a jack russell being pulled along on an old fashioned sledge, alot of questionable snowboot footwear oh and I absolutely loved creeping up to what I call Hansel & Gretel’s fairytale cabin which is actually the mens toilets (!!
but in typical Hampstead style, super stylish) and Nick thinks my obsession with it is ridiculous as he claims “if you’d visited them, and smelt them, in the height of summer you wouldn’t love it so much”! But look how cute it is…

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Finally, just to fashion up this blog a bit, here is my winter hat, glove and scarf combo. As you can see not a single item matches! Higgedlypiggeldy or what? The hat is long suffering bluey that I bought in San Francisco Urban Outfitters for $2 after arriving there and realising that my hotpants, vests and sunglasses were not going to fly in 7 degree fog (I just assumed it’s in California = it’s sunny. Wrong!) Then the scarf is a snood, I’ve recently discovered the wonder of the snood. I think I’ve avoided them because of the silly name but it’s just a giant extra toasty scarf without the long dangly bits that I always get caught in the tube door/any door. Finally my owl gloves. I know that animal covered knitwear is totally played out, and everyone owns a panda hat or hood with ears, but I quite like clothes that straddle costume/fancy dress so they still make me smile. These are the only version of animal knits I own though, they were a very welcome Christmas gift and I’ve barely taken them off since (except to roll snowballs!)

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Looks like you had such an enjoyable afternoon in the snow! Until two months ago, I lived in Highgate, so I’m feeling a little sad that I didn’t get to see Highgate and Hampstead Heath in the snow – but your photographs sure make up for that. Your gloves are adorable, and I am in love with the colour of your nail polish! Which one is that?

    Season 4 is my favourite of True Blood so far! I never liked Eric until he lost his memory, and now I think he’s kinda sweet (and hot, haha.) The Marnie stuff did bore me after a while, though. Also, I quite liked Season 5! I avoided it for a couple of years, but my mum begged and pleaded with me to watch it with her, and I was surprised I liked it at all. I think it’s Season 2 that I really didn’t like.

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    1. Bee’s avatar

      Annoyingly the nail polish is a discontinued 17 one, but Models Own top turquoise is quite similar! That’s so interesting that Season 4 was your favourite, its made me view it in a bit of a new light. I did love the cute Eric storyline but I think it was definitely the whole Marnie bit (especially the episode where Lafyette was the french dead woman?!) that tipped me over the edge. Still not sure I’ll give Season 5 a go though, I might just leave it there and remain a True Blood fangirl rather than get anymore annoyed with it being all wacky!

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    2. Blair’s avatar

      Just wanted to say I am LOVING the reappearance of your blog posts! I really want to do a snow post too although all the crap photos I took with my phone aren’t exactly up to much. It’s so exciting though! (Although terrifying to drive in.)
      Also I was kind of jumping about in my seat a bit when I read this because we have exactly the same feelings about True Blood! I thought season 3 was one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV, I LOVED it, and then season 4 was just a massive disappointment as I stopped caring about everything and started to find it boring. I tried to watch season 5 and it was just dire, even the return of my lord and saviour Russell Edgington couldn’t salvage it for me. I didn’t even hate it, just felt totally fed up which is possibly worse imo! I will always think the opening titles + song are the best ever though.

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      1. Bee’s avatar

        Thanks B! Coming from a mega dega blog Goddess like yourself that is very sweet. It sounds naff but I think I needed to wait until I was actually enjoying blogging again, as ultimately I do selfishly do it for my own enjoyment first & foremost before anything else! I couldn’t stand reading posts back when it got into chore-territory and I wasn’t even engaged with it myself so doubt it was very fun to read, but I just have an internal on/off battle with how much to share about my personal life on the internet! I think I’ve found a happy compromise now though.

        YES! PHEW! I wondered if I had just missed the point of sseason 4, as I could see how elements of it (cute Eric, the introduction of witches, Alseeds bad pack etc) were really strong but I just totally lost all interest and it went SO bizarre (the Lafyette french dead baby thing for ONE!) that I just could hardly bring myself to watch the last few episodes. Sookie is also really starting to grate on me, and Bill was so DULL this season! I’m glad you mentioned Russell as I think he’s what made Season 3 sooooo phenomenal so with his return I have been toying with the idea of giving season 5 a go. But if it can’t be saved even by him, then I am definitely out. Like I said in the post, I’d just rather stick to being a season 1-3 fangirl and fondly remember the glory days. Totally agree that it’s far worse just to be totally fed up/not care. For example I only started watching American Horror Story because I hated the first few episodes with such a burning passion… that then quickly turned into love!

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