Word of the Week: Wintry

wintry scene

Yep, here we are ‘in the bleak midwinter’. Have I mentioned before how much I hate January? Very probably! The cold days, the long dark nights, not being able to get outside with the children, endless coughs and colds… I looked up images of wintry scenes and of course they’re all of twinkly snowscapes with bright blue skies. In reality, in the south of England this week it has been occasionally icy, windy, rainy, cloudy, grey and dark with very brief low sunshine breaking through. Sorry, this is turning into a weather report. I’ve always thought that one day, in retirement, it would be nice to spend the winter months living abroad somewhere warm and sunny.

Ah well, got to just get on with it I guess, so this week I spent part of the weekend at my parents house (after a lovely get together with some of my school friend mums at one of JJ’s friend’s birthday parties), was able to get out for a really nice little reunion with some of my old work friends on Saturday night (over a decade since we worked together now!). We had a great meal at Wagamamas in Kingston and shared some delicious starters! It really helped me to feel like a normal human being again and not just a mum to chat about everything from podcasts to movies to a bit of a laugh over how excited we all were back in 1999 when we finally got our own PCs (with Internet!!) at work!

On Sunday we had a slow morning then a roast lunch and then a bit of a scooter excursion through Bushy Park which the kids absolutely loved – whizzing through muddy puddles (EJ was pretty much soaked from the waist down by the time we got home!) – and practically disappearing into the distance with me running along in vain behind! There was a funny moment when JJ got stuck in the middle of a massive puddle and EJ was whizzing off in front. JJ waited patiently for us to catch up so we could rescue him and when I finally dragged him out he exclaimed “Yesss! I’m back on track!” which made us laugh.

The rest of the week has been all about school and work really with dark wintry mornings scraping ice off the car and prolonged commutes when the rain has been hammering down. Bedtimes have been typically manic and hard work with lots of shouting from JJ. He actually did what I would describe as a ‘Sex Pistols version’ of the Postman Pat theme tune – aggressively shouting the words out with EJ joining in! Boys.

This weekend we’re looking forward to the panto with Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble) in Woking on Saturday (just JJ – I’m not brave enough to take EJ just yet!).

Happy Weekend WOTWers!


The Reading Residence

14 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Wintry

  1. The weather is just so rotten, isn’t it? Ugh! I’d even welcome snow at the minute I think – at least it would be a bit brighter! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend Sam. Enjoy the panto! xx

    • It is kind of rubbish! Even when the sun is shining it is still cold and windy and the sun is so low it just blinds you! What a moaner!! 🙂 I’m sure we will enjoy the panto (especially because it’s Aladdin this year so less gooey romantic bits [Cinderella last year!] for JJ to tolerate!!). Hope your weekend is fun too Em Xx

  2. I would want to have some snow as my son love to try ice skating but its too expensive for us.

    This week is a bit bad for us as well. In here its windy and the rain is strong so our walk to school is a challenge. I always go home from school soggy and wet and miserable.

    Hope that we will both have a better week next week =) #wotw
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  3. It really is bleak and miserable isn’t it? Would be lovely to have some white scenes, though even they get a bit old when it all turns to muddy slush 🙂 loving the sex pistols version of postman pat, made me chuckle imagining it! Hope you guys enjoy the panto!xx
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    • That is very true about the muddy slush Caroline!! I think you have to be up in the Alps or something to be a snow lover! Mm yes that rendition of Postman Pat was a bit of an ear splitter!! 🙂 Xx

    • Lets focus on the Wagamamas then!! I suggest you find an excuse to take yourself and husband along and try out the edamame beans as a starter (with garlic & chilli salt) – they are yummy (just don’t try and eat the pods!!) Xx

  4. You’re so right about wintry scenes, I’d not thought about that before. They always look so pretty, but the reality is far from it! I don’t like January, either, and am looking forward to springtime. The scooter trip sounds fun, though, and hope you enjoy the panto. Little Man adores Mr Tumble, Justin’s House and is obsessed with Gigglebiz (the bane of my life) so he would love to see Justin! Have fun x Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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    • Funnily I’m not actually sure if JJ has grown out of Mr Tumble a bit now as he never watches Something Special any more. Oh well I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!! 🙂 Xx

    • No definitely not! I wish I could get that version of Postman Pat on film though – it’s kind of hilarious really 🙂 (as long as you’re not sitting right next to it at the time!!) X

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