In a Vase on Monday -A Cold, Snowy, Salford Spring?

‘No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn’ Hal Borland (1900-1978) American author and naturalist

No one in Britain can have missed the weather the last few weeks, #thebeastfromtheEast, #StormEmma and more snow due this weekend. I hope you don’t mind, but some of this post was written a couple of weeks ago, and the rest today, as another wintery weekend looms. Also I’ve been a bit stuck, very tired and osteo-arthritis aching but I’ve been plodding along. I feel a bit like Spring, stuck around the corner, nearly in reach but not quite. I saw something on twitter today, which made me laugh:

Winter this year, is like a person who leaves the room in a huff, only to come back in ‘and another thing…’ only to leave again… and return…

#theBeastfromthe East brought about 4 inches of snow to Monton, it’s very unusual to have this much, usually it’s about two inches, as it’s very flat around here with many canals. It was THAT cold and icy our local Parkrun (Worsley woods) was cancelled… this never happens as its under trees and very protected compared to most Parkruns. Fortunately my Chap was OK about this, as the air was far too cold for running – you wouldn’t think to look at him that he has asthma 🙂

The wind chill dipped to minus 12 during the night, and minus 8 during the day. I don’t think I’ve ever been so cold in the middle of the city. I’m very used to cold, when I’m up a mountain and layered up. It reminded me of the very cold day in January 2015, when we went to Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria with my Brother and his family, who were visiting from Australia – happy memories 🙂


A very cold, snowy day in Monton on 4th March 2018
It wasn’t lost on me that 1st March was the start of the meteorological Spring – so I layered up with my thickest, longest waterproof, gloves, hat, scarf and boots and ventured into the garden to see what flowers I could find. I was surprised to find some tête-à-têtes, and some purple perennial wallflower so I quickly picked the flowers, and put them in a vase with some lavender. The vase has appeared in ‘In a Vase on Monday’ many times, I wrapped ‘bee happy’ washi tape around it. The print is part of a series – the Winter print with descriptions of moons has appeared too (Worm Moon, Pink Moon and Flower Moon) at the start of metreological Winter. Butterflies and bees seem a long way off at the moment, but like most things, they’ll be back.


There are more tête-à-tête flowering this week (16 March), and some crocus too. So I expect I’ll pick some for the vase on Monday.

This week Cathy who hosts In a Vase on Monday over at Rambling in the Garden has plum twigs and daffodils in in bud. Do have a look at the vases posted from around the world – it’s really interesting to see the seasons and variety of plants and flowers bloggers use. It really lo

Bridgewater Canal and Monton Green (4 March 2018) it was minus 8 windchill – brrrr….

Walking up the canal is one of our favourite walks around the neighbourhood. I wrote about it on New Year’s Day here – much better weather!

I nipped up the canal and then onto the green to take some photos in the snow. I was only out for about 15 minutes, as it was far too cold for hanging around…. home for a brew, a hot cross bun and retreat under a blanket to read a book. I can still admire the crocuses and daffodils through the patio door. I put out some fresh bird food and warm water for the birds too.

There are a few iron sculptures along the Bridgewater Canal – here’s a the horse at Parrin Lane Bridge.


4 March 2018 – Shire Horse at the Bridgewater Canal, Parrin Lane, Monton, Salford

The canal doesn’t freeze very often as it has a current as some streams flow into it along its course and it eventually connects to the Manchester Ship Canal (which contains the River Irwell). It’s only semi frozen here – the only time I’ve seen it frozen solid was the long cold snap in 2010.

bridgewater canal

4 March 2018 – Bridgewater Canal looking towards Parrin Lane Bridge and Eccles (top) and looking towards Worsley and the norths (bottom)

I nipped along to Monton Green to take a photo of the crocus field and the Gentleman’s Rest (built 1932), then hurried home as it was very, very cold.


Today (Saturday 17th March) it’s alternating between snow showers and blue skies, but the weather app is telling me it feels like minus 6 so I don’t think I’ll be venturing far from the sofa – I’ve got computer work to do so that’s no bad thing. My Chap is out today on a Nepalese Cooking course so I’m expecting some treats when he gets home.



I think perhaps I’m not quite finished with this beautiful, reflective and positive book ‘Making Winter-A creative guide for surviving the Winter Months‘ by Emma Mitchell.

  • You can follow Emma on Instagram @silverpebble2 and Twitter @silverpebble – beautiful photos and also she also runs silver clay making courses – I’d love to have a go at this.
  • Should I do some reviews of my favourite books? especially wellbeing, cooking and crafty books? Please let me know in comments.


My wonderful Chap bought me another beautiful blanket to keep me warm – what a diamond…

So my plans for #365daysofselfcare and #bekind this week are:

  • #bekind especially to myself – and not to beat myself up about being late/disorganised.
  • snuggle under to the blanket when I can – but go for #onehouroutside when I can.
  • read another book 🙂
  • As usual I’ll be doing #mindfulness, yoda and meditation all help me ‘be in the present’. They help me with my #wellbeing.
  • And reminding myself to #savouringhappiness. Have a look on my Instagram for more photos and stories – @becinmonton

life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply’ Thick Neat Hanh – Vietnamese Zen Master (1926 – ). He’s 91!

And remember, life isn’t a dress rehearsal, get out there and have an adventure, even if it’s scary.

What do you have planned for the week?

Carpe Diem

love Bec xx xx

12 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday -A Cold, Snowy, Salford Spring?

  1. Ali

    Lovely post, Bec. I am just itching to get outside! I feel like an etiolated plant, yellowing and leggy, and keeling over. Need some sun!
    The Emma Mitchell book looks lovely. Yes, definitely do some reviews!


    1. Bec Post author

      I know the feeling – imanaged half hour in the garden yesterday cutting back but it was cold – v v windy and cold today 😦 ok I’ll do some reviews –

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  3. HodgePodgeDays

    Lovely post Bec. We woke up this morning to find a few inches of snow outside, hoping the spring bulbs and flowers can bounce back. Slightly anxious as we have a few trees on our lane which were in blossom.


    1. Bec Post author

      thank you 🙂 we’ve got a fair bit of snow here, unusual considering how flat and it’s still coming down slowly (not as much as in early March). If the trees on your street are cherry blosson they’ll probably be ok as they can cope with about minus 5 cold – some of the blossom might be frost damaged but hopefully more will come through over the next few weeks. None of the trees here are showing any blossom…. fingers crossed for a good show despite the weather 🙂


  4. Michelle Perticarari

    This was such a lovely post! It has definitely been way too cold for my taste, but those pictures of the Canal surely make everything seem more beautiful.

    I’m feeling a bit hopeless with all the snow outside, but I want to think that spring will come to us soon!


  5. Cathy

    Some lovely quotes in your post today, Bec, thanks for those, and for sharing your plans for being kind to yourself. I enjoyed your varied photos too, and of course your vase – I loved the contrasting daffodils!



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