White Christmas

Waterford got plenty of snow last winter. Everything looked so neat.

In the beginning, the falling snow melted after touching the ground. After a month, it started to stay longer and longer.

I am pretty sure that this House of Waterford Crystal employee didn’t have ‘shoveling snow’ in his job description.

After a couple of days like that, people started storing bread and milk.

Then the storm came.

The following morning Waterford was all white and desolate.

I walked right in the middle of the former streets.

South Kilkenny on the other side of River Suir also looked quiet.

I walked past the Rice bridge with my bag of bird seed and apples, cleared the snow from the places with the bird tracks, and tossed a good few handfuls on the ground. Two bridges were barely visible through the falling snow.

Back in town, I learned that Centra across the bus station was the only shop that was open. By the size of the queue outside the shop I could tell that people ran out of bread already.

Reginald Tower has seen snow before. At least in 1987.

When I tried to walk through the smaller streets, sometimes I had to turn back – the drifts were higher than my knees. I know it sounds pathetic to the readers from Canada or Norway.

The other half of my apples went to the flock of cute visitors from Iceland – Redwings.

The storm doesn’t calm down, and I am sorry for the little Redwings. On a day like this, it is nice to be inside, cuddled up with an old friend πŸ˜‰

I didn’t have enough confidence to build a snowman in the street, but after returning home I could not resist anymore and built a tiny snowman on my windowsill. Snow in Ireland is a rare occurrence. You never know if you live to see another snowfall.

My baby cacti plants are obviously excited about the snow and both sprout flowers.

Unfortunately, these are events of the past. White Christmas is still a dream this December.

Today the streets look as normal – no snow, no excitement.

Of course we have decorations, pony rides, carousels and Ferris wheels, like we always have had at this time of the year, but we are so missing those crystals of frozen water!

I guess we have to be happy with what we have.

Merry Christmas, Friends!

Hope you always find peace, and give your heart to everything you do.


PS: More music on Thom’s blogΒ The Immortal Jukebox – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Alphabet throughout December.


    1. Thank you, Charly! The button doesn’t work for many blogs, so I have heard. It’s ok. I do hope you had a delightful Christmas, and all the angels we guard you when you need it.

  1. How gorgeous! I wasn’t in the UK over Christmas but I managed to see plenty of snow earlier this year, although now that I’m in Barcelona I don’t think I’ll see a lot. I love the look of it but it is not easy to carry on with life as usual unless things are well organised.
    I hope your Christmas is lovely, white or not. (Here it has been a lovely and sunny day). Have a great one. β™₯

    1. Thank you so much, Olga! You don’t need snow in beautiful Barcelona. The city is already perfect πŸ™‚ Have a lovely holiday time, and thank you again for your book. I am about to read it, and I know I will love it ❀

  2. Enjoyed your story and photo selection. Though being from Canada I can’t blame you for turning around from a back street laded down with snow. Two thumbs up for the little snow man in the window! lol. Wishing you are a very merry Christmas and lots of love!

  3. Loved that little snow man of yours on the window sill, Inese! And that you take up the trouble to brings seeds and apples to your birdfriends – I do the same πŸ˜‰ These little guys need every help they can get in a weather like that.
    Merry Christmas again, dear friend! 😊 xxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, the birds were unprepared the same like us, people πŸ™‚ I imagine the shock when the snow started to cover everything. Only the Redwings were calm and content – they came from Iceland πŸ™‚ They ate all the berries that our birds never touch πŸ™‚ xxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Since the 1970s I have seen a decent snow only once a year or even less. This little snowman was an epitome of my longing πŸ™‚ I wish I had more confidence and built one outside πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Friend! πŸ™‚ The magic is a bit outdated as we had this snow in the very beginning of March πŸ™‚ I enjoyed walking alone in the streets, digging my way through the drifts. I saw two jeeps and four pedestrians in the area I live. A young couple asked me if I were looking for a grocery shop and advised which one was open. They couldn’t believe I was just having fun in the streets and not looking for bread and milk πŸ™‚ This day was a wonderful gift of magic πŸ™‚ Hope you have a fantastic holiday season filled with your favorite sort of magic, whatever it might be πŸ™‚

  4. Yes, we take Christmas as it comes. Your photos are beautiful. We had a rare snow on Christmas Eve about 2004 with only a few inches but it was magical. This year it will be in the 70s. I enjoyed your photos very much!

  5. Lovely photos of a white Christmas, Inese. Your birds are sweet and the snowman delightful. After three (fall) months of snow and cold here on PEI it rained on the solstice and we will now have a green Christmas!

  6. What a precious little snowman on the window–love it! I miss the snow, too–we had some snow in November, but this December’s been ridiculously brown. We might–MIGHT–have snow Christmas Day. Here’s hoping!

    A most Blessed Christmas to you and yours, Friend! xxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you so much, Jean! No chance of snow here. But I have a good news – I finally started part 1 of your book and plan to finish both parts until next Saturday when I am going to post my last blog this year. Your book is amazing just like I knew it would be. A big hug from me – and very happy Christmas wishes to you too! xxxxxx

    1. Happy Christmas, Anabel! The snowfall lasted 2-3 days, and is not expected to happen again in another 30 years πŸ™‚ I did have difficulty to navigate through the town, but thoroughly enjoyed the challenge πŸ˜‰

  7. What an amazing series, it was a white Christmas indeed! The Redwings looked so cold, yet so resilient in the snow. Wishing you and all your family a very happy and warm holiday season! ❀

    Best wishes,
    Takami πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Takami! I too was amazed about the Redwings, but then I learned that they came here from Iceland, so it all makes sense πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful New Year, and many stunning photographs! ❀

  8. Lovely post!!!
    Merry Christmas, Inese! πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸ’
    Yes, your last year looked more like Christmas here in Toronto, Canada.
    Yet, The weather has been evolving, and it’s raining right now. Seems like we might have a few flurries on Christmas Eve &Day!

    1. Thank you Resa! I hope you have a magic Christmas too! This snowfall started on the last day of February and lasted for a couple of days in March. Wrong timing πŸ™‚ But I did believe that Canada looks like a Christmas postcard in winter. I must be very wrong…

    1. Thank you Shehanne! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. These pictures were taken in March this year, after the storm Ali. Since I was having a break from blogging at that time, I stashed the pictures. Glad you like them xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      1. You too. I LOVE the pictures. The two underneath your words about the Centra being the only shop open are seriously like paintings. And your bird ones are gorgeous. they could be cards. I love them all but theses ones just leapt out at me. Oh that snow was awful this year, so it was xxxxxx

        1. I enjoyed the snow – walked all the morning and met just a handful of people – except all those queuing at the Centra. Such snow would be disastrous for the businesses this time of the year xxxxxx

  9. Happy Christmas from Pretoria, South Africa, where it’s nowhere close to freezing: over 30 degrees most days. But still good to have a holiday at this time of the year. Thank you for all the excellent pictures and descriptions during 2018. Best wishes for the new year.

  10. I thoroughly enjoyed this wintry snowy look at last year in Waterford, Inese. Oh my goodness, the snow just kept coming! You did a good job of building the suspense, especially with the photos of the snow falling under the light fixture. To me in California where the sun is currently shining, it looks like another planet. lol. I absolutely loved your snowman. Great photos and a great series, my friend. My best to you for a delightful holiday.

    1. Thank you so much, Jet! The most dramatic snow storm happened in the very last days of February, but I never used the pictures until now. It was something out of a fairy tale πŸ™‚
      Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

      1. We only get snow here if it comes from the east. In winter the east wind in Kent can be so, so cold. I was told that it’s because we don’t get the jet stream. Whatever, it gets seriously cold ~ George

  11. White is the colour of virtue and tranquility, of beginning and end and of unadulterated purity, and memories cute like a snowman on a window sill. As always, the recollections have melded with the images and are aglitter with the light and warmth of remembered happiness.

  12. Yesterday in Montreal it was pouring rain…this morning at least some snow flakes are falling, nothing like what’s on yours beautiful pics, Merry Christmas!

  13. How lovely! I just bought some Waterford crystal for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. I would one day like to visit where you live. How pretty. I liked the pictures of the snow under the lamps best. Although, your birds on branches looked fluffy and pretty.
    Merry Christmas, Inese. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I hope your daughter-in-law enjoys your gift. I am afraid you won’t see any snow when you visit though, since it happens once in 30 years πŸ™‚ But you will like the evergreen winter πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  14. Reminds me of the snowstorms and blizzards in New York City and New Jersey However your town is more picturesque.

    I know about shoveling snow because if we don’t we won’t be able to get out of the door! Of course the kids get excited because then the mayor and governor declare a snow emergency and virtually everything shuts down except for essential services like the police Department, fire fighters, hospitals, group homes for disabled People, etc…

    Personally I don’t like Snow but if I don’t have to go out in it then I stay home and enjoy hot chocolate.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I agree about the snow πŸ™‚ I love it in the pictures πŸ™‚ Ireland hasn’t seen such snow since 1987. Shoveling is a rare pastime – snow usually melts πŸ™‚

  15. Your lovely photographs took me back in time, although last time I was in Waterford it was rain not snow. I do have a soft spot for the place, notwithstanding I’ve only visited just two times. Splendid blog post, as ever, Inese.

    1. Thank you so much, Mike! I do hope you guys make it to Ireland some day, in spite of all the politics. I cannot promise any snow though.
      Have a magic Christmas and a healthy and happy 2019!

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