A White Weekend

sledging in Richmond Park

For once the snow was perfectly timed.  It started after 9.00am on Friday and continued throughout the day.  Those of you with school age children will know the significance of 9 o ‘clock. It meant that the school was open on Friday.  The school did, in fact, ask for children to be picked up early so that those staff with long journeys could arrive home safely.  So the weekend started early for my son and many others.  Fantastic –  we were able to spend it in the local playground sampling the delights of the first snow of the year.

Snow ball fights and sledging were on the agenda.  Yesterday there was a BBC programme highlighting the 60th anniversary of the great winter of 1963.  It included footage of children sledging and snowballing.  Really good to see that some things have not changes in the all that time.

On Friday we also attempted to build a snowman, but for some reason the snow was not sticky enough. Perhaps it needs a night on the ground to settle in. Usually when it snows in London it very quickly does a disappearing trick – often it simply does not live up to expectations.  So the pressure is on to get and and enjoy as quick as possible.  This weekend knowing that more snow was forecast meant we could wander out, as and when, we wanted.  No pressure.


Saturday turned out to be a snowman day.  Actually it is a snow penguin.  Now comes my admission of parent fail. My son has just turned eight and we had never built a snowman with him.  OK I have an excuse for the first couple of years of his life as there was no snow.  Not sure how this happened, but it is all now rectified.  Snowman with organic carrot duly built in the  local park on Saturday.

richmond park in the snow

Sunday we had light snow all day.  We all trotted off to Richmond Park with the sledge, or shield if you are using it to protect yourself in a snowball fight.  The runs near the entrances to the Park were busy.  However if you, like we did, wandered into the Park just a little the people thinned out and you had you own winter wonderland. Perfection.  I even managed to take some shots of the deer.

Deer in snow in Richmond Park

If ever there was a winter weekend to get outside and play it was this weekend.





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16 Responses to A White Weekend

  1. Kierna C January 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh this looks so magical, I am still waiting patiently for some snow, hoping we get some tomorrow! Thanks for linking up. Kierna

  2. Nell Heshram January 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Glad you finally got your snowman built. Personally, I’m hoping we have a snow day tomorrow, too, and that the Daddy D won’t be able to get to work, so we can all continue the snowy fun…. It’s laying thickly on the ground in our neck of the woods, so fingers crossed!

  3. Coombe Mill January 21, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Oh my you really did get it thick. Lovely photos of what look like great snow fun. I wish our sleigh were not still lying idle in the shed! Thank you for sharing on Country Kids

  4. Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 21, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Hadn’t realised when I wrote this post that some aprts of teh country hadn’t had snow. For such a small island we get very localised weather. Hope the snow spreads out and we all get to share.

  5. Kate, scattymumofboys January 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    We tried to make a snowman but the snow near us was a bit funny and the poor thing collapsed before we’d built him up. Love your shots of the deer (popping over from Country Kids)

    • Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks for your comments Kate – hope you get the right type of snow next time

  6. Joanne Brady January 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    We had snow for a few days before this and the children were willing it to stay until the weekend so we could go off sledging. It’s made their year already! Loving the snowman.

    • Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      You are right – it certainly brightens up January. All our snow has disappeared now – so short-lived

  7. Perfectly Happy Mum January 26, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    We loved it too! Richmond Park must be mesmerising with the snow…

    • Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      Snowy weekends equal lots of happy familes and children. Richmond Park at its best

  8. Jacq January 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    We had a great snowy weekend too. This weekend just looks wet!

  9. Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    All too short – what a difference a week makes. Thanks for your comments

  10. Pinkoddy January 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Gorgeous photos – and you actually have a carrot for a nose – I aw a lot of that lacking this year.
    Makes a great difference if the snow arrives when it can actually be played with – so am glad it did that for you.

    • Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      Hoping that we may have some more this year – when i checked long term forecast there was mention of a cold half term. Thanks for you comments

  11. Nichola January 30, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    How lovely we’ve not had as much snow as normal this year, it needs to come from the north to get a decent fall.
    I bet you had loads of fun, playing in the snow is great even for us adults

  12. Lynda@kidsinthegarden January 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    I wonder if adults appreciate more. As we have had snow for last couple of years most of the younger children are now taking it for granted. Thank you for your comments