Freezing temperatures are forecast for a few days yet as the snow, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, brings roads, trains and life to even more of a halt (though Kent appears to have had it much worse, as often happens).
So this week’s Rye News looked at one point as though it would have even less news than normal (that is “normal” as in the sense of the past 12 months pandemic’s “normal”) to write about, so do not be surprised if snow pops up everywhere. And, when the snow first appeared, the children were out in force with their parents hunting for a slope, however small, and enough white stuff, however little, to slide down.
But, so far, the snow has been very limited – compared, for example, to 2015 and 2018 (see photos elsewhere in this week’s Rye News) and a bigger issue sometimes has been ice under foot as snow melted and refroze – with some lovely results sometimes though.
And nature’s beauty in the snow, even as it melts (see the icicle photo above), has attracted both artists and photographers.
But the virus is not vanishing
For now though – and possibly right through the weekend – the issue is the cold, and the older members of the community may recall Dean Martin crooning away in 1959 to “Baby, it’s cold outside” – a chart topper which had a second lease of life with Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews in 1999.
But more recently the lyrics were dubbed by some as “dodgy” so a rewrite was done – which Dean’s daughter apparently hates. However I am too old to remember the lyrics, but I do recall two winters. One was the severe winter in the 40s after the war ended, and the possibly even longer winter in the 60s which just went on and on – and I was in East Anglia then which is as exposed to the winds as Thanet can be.
Image Credits: Andy Stuart .