I hate the snow. It's boring and it stops me going anywhere further than I can walk. But it has its good points. There were no students in Sainsbury's this evening so I did the weekly shop in record time. And there are no cyclists anywhere. We were able to walk the dogs round the park today without once being mown over by arrogant, Guardian readers who think the paths of the world belong to them.

Here is a selection of snowy tunes for your listening pleasure. It's rather a good mix. I think most of you will enjoy it.

The Snow It Melts The Soonest - ANNE BRIGGS
The Land: When the Land Is White With Snow - CHRIS WOOD
Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) - LAURA MARLING
Snow Keeps Falling - THE SOFT CITY
Snow In Central Park - JACKIE LEVEN
California Snow - TOM RUSSELL
Waiting for Snow In Havana - THE GROOVEBLASTER
Skiing In The Snow - Laura Pallas And The Reputations




  1. We gentle and fragile Pacific Northwesterners were in the cold and snow through Thanksgiving, but God has provided a rapid remedy – Lots of rain. Snow be gone!

  2. I literally laughed out loud!

    Say a prayer for me, by the way. I’m on my way in a few minutes to conduct a retreat day in Oklahoma City (about an hour and a half drive from Tulsa). The title is “Making Peace with Mortality”.

  3. I’m with you, MP. I don’t like snow either. I’m already counting the days until spring and it isn’t even officially winter yet!

  4. I love the snow. I love being snowed in so no one expects me to get out and do anything useful. I hate it when the city snow is plowed to the edges and begins to turn black from the exhaust of cars. Still, I love snow, the more the better. And I am in the minority so that’s normal.
    Thanks for the snow music, MP!

  5. Prayers for your retreat, Ellie.

    You’ve nice tracks in the bunch, Jonathan, along with a couple of strange ones.

    I love the fence with the lights. Newcastle is pretty in the snow.

  6. No snow yet in my corner of Iowa. But it is cold enough to have a bit of snow. I hope that we do get a blanket of snow in the next week so the ground doesn’t freeze too deeply. As far as I’m concerned we can have a nice thick blanket of snow from December through February. And then let it warm up in a hurry.

  7. Florida is beautiful at this time of year, which is why it’s going to sound really strange of me to say “I miss the snow.”

    Growing up in the DC area, the snow didn’t usually start until about mid-January, of course. White Christmases and white New Year’s in that area are kinda rare.

    I’m sure no one will believe me when I say you can look at green 24-7-365 for only so many years before you get tired of it and you want to see some REAL seasonal change, not just love bugs vs. dragonflies.

  8. It’s an April morning and a young man waits at a black-painted front door on a decent street in Tynemouth.

    The words begin a short story in The New Yorker. Imagine how excited I was to find a story set in you your neck of the woods, MadPriest. The title is “The Trojan Prince” by Tessa Hadley. You can’t read the story online unless you’re a subscriber to the magazine, but I expect it’s not the sort of thing you’d like anyway.

    Hadley’s 4th novel was published recently. I believe I’ll buy the book, if the reviews are good – through your Amazon site, of course.

  9. Being Asian I immediately have images of chili and lime in my head when I read the word ‘pickled’. It takes me a few seconds to reconfigure my thoughts to realise that ‘pickled’ is also a colloquialism for being ‘drunk’.

  10. True. But when used to signify drunkenness it is with reference to your pickles, Chelliah, as it derives from the old practice of pickling stuff in alcohol.

  11. I was just doing my bit for bringing the great cultures of the world closer together in peace and unity based on a common appreciation of slang words 🙂

    I remember, back when I was a lorry driver, delivering into Hindu owned companies. The staff would chatter away to each other in their own language but would always use English slang and expletives. It made one feel proud to be English.

  12. Maybe my eyes are going but that couple seems to be accompanied by two giant penguins dressed in green and blue.

    Well spotted, Cathy. Pets Corner in Jesmond Dean is being rebuilt at the moment so the only way to exercise the occupants is to take them for afternoon walks round the neighbourhood.

  13. “The staff would chatter away to each other in their own language but would always use English slang and expletives. It made one feel proud to be English.”

    Oh, that’s too, too funny, MadPriest. (And utterly like you!)

    Thanks for the prayers, Mimi. The retreat went well but I’m still wiped out from it. I don’t have the stamina for these all day events the way I used to. (Sigh.)

  14. Ellie, I’m glad the retreat went well.

    I don’t have the stamina for these all day events the way I used to. (Sigh.)

    I know what you mean. You might try adding more meditation time to your retreats. 😉