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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 blogย The Immortal Jukebox – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Alphabet throughout December.


  1. I love your little snowman and his paint brush, Lady Inese! โ˜ƒ๏ธ May you have a fantastic Christmas even with no snow. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ„


  2. A most gorgeous post, dear Inese. Wishing you a perfect Christmas ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผโค๏ธ love to you and yours ๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I had more confidence and built one outside ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We appear to be in for a muddy Christmas this year. ๐Ÿ™‚ … c’est la vie ๐Ÿ™‚ … Merry Christmas to you and all you hold dear. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you, Friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ The magic is a bit outdated as we had this snow in the very beginning of March ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ This day was a wonderful gift of magic ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a fantastic holiday season filled with your favorite sort of magic, whatever it might be ๐Ÿ™‚

  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!

    1. Thank you so much, Friend! โค I hope all is well. Our Christmas is as green as you get them. Me posting these snowy pictures didn't attract any magic ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I did have difficulty to navigate through the town, but thoroughly enjoyed the challenge ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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! โค

    Best wishes,
    Takami ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful New Year, and many stunning photographs! โค

    1. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. They say the previous snowfall was in 1987. I missed it ๐Ÿ™‚ This one was in early March.

  8. Lovely post!!!
    Merry Christmas, Inese! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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