We could have easily stayed inside on this particular Sunday afternoon - the older boys especially had no motivation to get outside....and I had the usual piles of laundry to sort.......But just as we were about to light the fire and turn on Netflix the clouds started to clear, and after 24 hours of heavy rain the mountain peaks were just becoming visible through the murk.
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I love small hills. Before we had children, I could never have imagined writing anything like that and genuinely meaning it.
According to Gavin, our North Pole Guide, if you want to get anything done in Lapland, you need to make friends with Santa’s Elves. Luckily, he already knew a few, so first on our to-do list after crossing the Arctic Circle, was to find an Elf and ask them for some Magic Dust to put on our heads, otherwise, we wouldn't be able to see them. Apparently, the forests are full of them, if you know where to look.
The winter this year up North has been grand with a dusting of snow showing up every week or so. Yorkshire which is always a beautiful place looks even more wonderful with a dusting of the white stuff. We love the snow and try not to let a lot little thing like the cold weather stop us or our little un’ Jasper from enjoying the outdoors.
What do you do when you find yourself with a sudden free weekend before the new school term starts? Climb a mountain of course!
Ok – I’m going to be honest right from the start. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Lapland to see Santa in his homeland. Imagine my excitement when I managed to persuade Ashley to let me blow my first post-career break paycheque on a trip of a lifetime.
We live on the valley floor, at an altitude of 720m.The peaks that surround us are considerably higher (the Grand pic de Belledonne which looms large behind our house tops out at 2977m), meaning that often while we are having rain in the valley, snow is falling higher up.
I’m pleased to report than on the last day of our Arctic Adventure, we finally managed to track down the Big Man.
After a rather mild and often wet Christmas, the arrival of a really cold spell caused great excitement in our house. When I announced that it was minus 6 degrees and suggested we go out and find some ice, the boys couldn’t get out of the house fast enough.
Wow, what a winter we have had and it’s still going on! It has snowed again over the last few days and although its not been settling at the house this week, we have had swirling snowflakes coming down and playing in the garden, and it’s April!