It changes everything .Outside , overnight the mundane has been made ready for a chocolate -box photoshoot. The next thing you’ll know is that a wee robin will hop onto the fence and start preening for the camera. There he is as I write …right on cue , his orange puffed chest the only spot of hue … a flash of reddish -orange colour blazing out on a backdrop of shimmering fondant whiteness . The drab winter garden had been rusted down to ochres ,browns and siennas .Now everything is aglow with white cake topping.All piled up , making cracked flowerpots and shabby old bins ,new romantic creations. I hope the sudden brightness doesn’t encourage my honeybees to venture out from their torpor . They’ll die a sudden death if they touch any of that whitened glory. It’s a pity though that Mother Nature picked this particular night for the transformation. My daughter texted that it was blowing in from Boston. Unfortunately I have to schlep on down town and visit the bank and I’d much prefer to sit snugly inside and take in all this undoubted beauty.
Back in the real world, even though school children are cheering as they bounce out of bed to build snowmen , released from the clutches of school for a day or two, the reality , of course, is that the politicians are tussling on the radio about not being allowed to enter the forthcoming television election debates . The powers that be in the UK don’t want them turning their cosy wee chats and schoolboy ,carping bickering into a confusefest of bitching, hatred and baloney The Norneverland parties seem to be getting above themselves by actually believing they are living within a democratic process and feel they should be part of the fun . This is one party they are not being invited to , so they are having a bit of a sulk behind the closed door.They’ve been told to get a grip and behave themselves.” Keep quiet , you there at the back….isn’t it enough that we fund all your nonsense and let you play at politics in your own wee Norneverland “parliament” , without getting ideas above your station.
Anyway …back to the snow .I’ll have to put the wellington boots on and clear a foot of snow off the car , wrap up and get down to the bank .If i make it and return safely. normal service may well return….soon