Detour | Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Let it snow

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!  So how about all that snow last week in London?  Wow!  As I’m writing this I’m mentally apologising to my friend Fran who didn’t find the snow as appealing last week, when she got called into work in the middle of the night to deal with issues caused by the weather!  Sorry Fran!  ;o)

For those of us not getting called into work in the early hours, it was well, really quite fun.  In the almost 17 years I’ve lived in London (omg 17 years on March 9th!), I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve had decent snowfall.  And I remember all those moments fondly, because it’s always a novelty for us to get enough of the white stuff to make a snowman.

It was freeeeezing outside, but I’d had the thought that I should get outside and find somewhere to take some photos, because who knows when this type of weather will fall upon us again.  So there I was walking down to the local park, all rugged up, with a backpack on, containing my tutu skirt and pink Vans, and a tripod slung over my shoulder.

I scouted around the area for a bit to find the perfect spot, set up my tripod and camera, by which point my hands and feet were already starting to burn from the cold!  A quick look left and right, I pulled on my tutu skirt, changed my shoes and hoped no one saw this weirdo getting changed under a tree, in freezing conditions, in a park.

Setting the camera to self timer, I pushed all thoughts of freezing limbs out of my mind, and went to work, running between the camera and my posing spot to check on the success of the shots.  A handful of people wandered past as I twirled around in the snow, and I just find the key to not being embarrassed is to not even look them in the eye.  I know they’re there thinking ‘WTF?’, ‘She must be freezing!’, ‘Who is this weirdo?’, and all of those thoughts, but the show must go on, and my determination is more important than what a stranger might think of me!

Twenty minutes in, I admitted defeat, at which point my hands were burning red with cold, and I could barely feel my feet.  Another quick look left and right, I changed back into my warm clothes, and trudged back home through the snow.  Sometimes, you just need to grab these moments, not overthink them, go for it, and have a laugh.  That’s exactly what I did, and I’m glad I have these slightly crazy memories to look back on!

I hope these photos give you a giggle, and remind you to seize the moment, don’t worry about what others think, and just enjoy yourself! x

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