Hello Beast From the East

The first day of March is “officially” the first day of Spring here in the UK, but because of the Beast from the East, instead of warmer weather, it was bitingly cold.

It was also supposed to be World Book Day, T got up excitedly, wanting to get into her Tonks (a minor character from Harry Potter) costume.  But then we received a message from her school saying that school was cancelled.  While it was cold, there wasn’t any sign of snow till around 2pm and then it never stopped.  T wanted to go outside as soon as it started, but I told her that we’d go out once the snow has settled.  But the snow just kept falling, and falling, and falling….

As you can see, it took only about a couple of hours for the snow to look like this.  T was absolutely delighted.  It has never snowed in North Cornwall like this before.  We’ve had a few dusting, but never as thick as this.

And since we didn’t have any sled, we had to quickly improvise and found an old Ikea shelf that was light and yet sturdy enough to slide down the very icy and slippery road in front of our house.

At first, T was hesitant to use it so her dad had to show her how. Soon enough she was going up and down that icy road, laughing and having so much fun.

I’m amazed with how much snow the beast from the East managed to dump on us within a few hours.  It was absolutely beautiful though …

Everywhere you looked, it was covered in a soft blanket of snow…

And of course, you absolutely have to build a snowman when there’s that much snow on the ground.

T named her Billy, an artist visiting from the East.  As I type this, I look out my window and can still see a mound of snow where Billy used to be standing.

And yes, we had snow-fights too.

At the end of the day, we were all wet and cold, but T had the biggest smile on her face and the snow just kept falling as T watched from the window.

We had two lovely, magical days of snow.  At night, it was lovely to look out the window and see the snow glistening, it actually gave it an eerie glow and as much as I enjoyed it too, I was actually glad to see it melting by Saturday afternoon.  If I look out my window now, I will see patches of snow in the ground and in the surrounding fields too.

If you live in the UK, did you enjoy the visitor from the East?



  1. Ahhh look at all that snow! All our snow has totally finished and I’m missing it!

    • Same here. We do have a bit in the fields, but it’s mostly gone especially since it’s raining right now.

  2. Sara-Jayne Jones

    What a lovely snow day story – we never get snow either in Hampshire, it was like a miracle, and our boys were in their element! I adore your snowman 🙂

    • Thank you. It’s the same here in North Cornwall. All we ever get is a dusting, never like this, so it was definitely a treat for my daughter and us grown-ups too 🙂

  3. Sonia Cave

    It has been so much fun for the children to finally have so much snow in the UK. We are currently into our third week of very deep white stuff and well into the minus temps here in Sweden now!

    • Ph wow, third week? My daughter will love that! I don’t think I’ll enjoy it as much though 🙂

  4. Laura Dove

    wow you got so much snow! We barely had any compared to the rest of the country, I am so jealous!

    • We were really surprised and weren’t expecting that much snow. I’m glad it did though, because as I’ve mentioned it never snows this much in our part of the UK 🙂

    • We were really surprised and weren’t expecting that much snow. I’m glad it did though, because as I’ve mentioned it never snows this much in our part of the UK 🙂

  5. Fashion and Style Police

    I didn’t really. It was too cold and I had a bad fever. I can see you guys enjoyed it though. That is good.

    • Oh no. Hope you’re feeling better. And yes, it was bitingly cold!

  6. Ana De- Jesus

    I did indeed have a visitor from the beast of the east and boy was it cold. I am glad that you enjoyed the snow though and you managed to get beautiful photos as well!

  7. Helen Wills

    I’m afraid the storm ruined my weekend as my flight to Madrid was cancelled! But normally I would have welcomed a snow day for my kids – any excuse for an impromptu day off with the kids!

    • Sorry to hear about your cancelled trip. Yes, the snow did cause a lot of disruption… sadly.

    • We couldn’t find any! We did try a bodyboard but that didn’t work. The shelf slid down “beautifully” with T 🙂

  8. I was stranded in doors for 4 days due to the snow so I was/am so over it now and ready for some good weather. Its looking promising this week so we shall see
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    • We were stranded at home for only two days and it drove me a bit mad…. And when we were finally able to go food shopping, the shelves were almost empty! Yes, weather down here has certainly improved.

  9. We’ve been following the news about the snow hitting the UK! Such fun building all those snowmen, but Britain really isn’t cut out for snowy weather!

  10. What Mum Loves

    I wouldnt expect a snow in March in milion years! I grew up in the mountains, we had snow at least 4 months every year, and it was making our lives difficult. I never thought I will miss it.
    It was an amazing experience to see my son enjoying the snowy days, he absolutely loved it. I am so gratfeul for the snowy spring we had 😉
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    • Same here. It was also amazing to see my daughter enjoy it so much since she has never experienced this much snow just in our back garden.

  11. We loved our visit from the Beast from the East, although Hubby did get stuck in 4 hours of traffic trying to get home. It didn’t stay too long either

    • Oh dear, sorry to hear about your husband. It was awful though to see and hear people describing their experiences getting stuck in the train, or their cars for hours. Glad the snow didn’t last that long, goodness knows what else could happen!

  12. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Wasn’t it fun! It looks like you actually had more than us. Ours was as good as gone by Saturday too but Thursday evening and Friday was perfect. I love your Ikea shelf sledge, we had to do much the same taking a section of slide from one of the play areas, after all snow is so rare in Cornwall! What lovely photos you have for T to remember her snow day.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Yes, we did have so much thick snow. In fact, we just got back from a walk in the surrounding fields and there’s still snow up there!

  13. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    it must have been magical with it being such a rarity down there. We got off quite lightly here compared to others #CountryKids

    • Thank you! I told my daughter we’ll be buying a sled when we see one… although I honestly doubt this will happen again, not in anytime soon… but you’ll never know 😉

    • It certainly does, especially since we have no idea if this will ever happen again.

  14. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    I love the photo of T sledging down the road – that was the one thing we didn’t manage to do in the snow as we never ventured further than the garden! Looks like you had a good amount of snow and T certainly seems to have made the most of it 🙂 #countrykids

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