January 2013 is memorable for a number of reasons. It saw not only the arrival of our daughter into the world but it was also the last time we experienced heavy snowfall. In my case the two experiences will forever be inextricably linked; digging the car out of snow was one of the many challenges I faced as a new parent.

Two years on and our now toddling daughter has seen snow depicted in story books often enough but had never experienced it first hand. Weather forecasts would time and again offer some magical promise of snow but it was always in the Scottish Highlands or Midlands; the Home Counties remained untouched and as green as ever. Snow is so unreliable that I didn’t even include in the wish list of ‘things to do and see before you’re three‘.

Then on Saturday morning it finally happened. Light and gentle at first followed by increasingly frequent and heavy flakes. The unthinkable happened for an English winter: it was actually laying, we were going to see snow.

Knowing what a fleeting visitor snow can be here we quickly wrapped Tilly up and packed her off into the garden to experience it. It wasn’t until this moment that I fully appreciated what a brilliant sensory experience snow offers. In no particular order there’s:

  • Touch – it’s cold to the touch and can turn your fingers pink
  • Sight – it floats gently to the ground and turns everything white
  • Sound – lots of snow muffles the normal sounds of the day
  • Tactile – crunchy underfoot and with footprints where you’ve walked
  • Play – malleable into snowballs and of course a snowman

Although Tilly’s experience of snow was relatively brief before the cold set in, I’m absolutely sure she’ll remember it for a good long while to come. In typical fashion by the afternoon it had all but melted but she’d had the experience and it was wonderful to see. It can be an inconvenience but I wouldn’t object to another snow day this year for Tilly to get out and enjoy it a little more.

Tilly enjoying the snow

Tilly enjoying the snow

Has your child also recently experienced snow for the first time? Please leave your comments below.

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9 thoughts on “Never seen snow

  • 22 January 2015 at 8:28 pm
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    That first snow experience is so wonderful. Where we are in the US we get snow quite a but during the winter, although not too much yet this year, but each time it snows the kids just love it! #mycapturedmoment

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  • 22 January 2015 at 9:41 pm
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    My daughter is 9 months so not old enough to fully appreciate snow (not that we’ve had any here *sob*) but I’m hoping we have lots next year. 🙂

    Lovely photo of Tilly.

    #MyCapturedMoment

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps

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    • 23 January 2015 at 10:44 pm
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      Thanks for the comment. Hope you’ll see snow when your daughter is a bit older – it’s magical to see their reaction if just for a few chilly minutes!

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  • 22 January 2015 at 11:15 pm
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    Hello there, our little man was so excited even though the snow was on the hills. He borrowed my phone because he wanted to take pictures and spent the whole time glued to the window! Hoping we have a chance to finally make a snowman at some point but not looking hopeful! x #sharewithme

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    • 23 January 2015 at 10:46 pm
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      I find it easy to forget that everything is new for them but the snow was a big reminder. Hope you see some soon for some magic moments

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  • 23 January 2015 at 12:06 am
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    This is so lovely. Sadly we haven;t had any snow in our little miss’s lifetime! Maybe when she big enough to understand next year 🙂
    Lovely post xx

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  • 25 January 2015 at 10:01 pm
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    I remember that big snow of 2013 very well and as it happens is included in my #MyCapturedMoment post this week too. Poppy was only a few months old but we took her out (all wrapped up) so that she could experience her first ‘snow day’. Since then she has not seen snow, bless her. Here’s hoping we get a snow day soon, so the girls can really enjoy the experience again.

    Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment, I hope you can link up again soon. If you have a moment, it would be great if you could link back to the linky post or add the badge. Thanks x

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    • 25 January 2015 at 10:33 pm
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      Thanks for popping by. Snow is a lovely experience to share with them. I’m getting back up-to-date with the linkys and the badge is now in place, thanks for the reminder.

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  • 27 January 2015 at 7:25 pm
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    So jealous we saw the snow for all of five minutes. How lovely that she got to experience her first snowfall. I must admit I’m secretly wishing for a snow day, on the weekends of course ;0)

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

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