I love snow – it has that festive air about it and is a sign that winter has well and truly arrived. Sadly, in the last few years, we’ve seen little to none of the beautiful snowflakes I became accustomed to as a child, which is quite depressing and it has been a noticeable absence from my life, to say the least. We haven’t seen a significant amount of snow since 2010, so this year, it was most definitely very much appreciated by most people, not only in South Wales but across the whole of the UK.
For the weekend of snow, I headed up to the Rhondda Valleys to spend some time feeling festive with my boyfriend. We started our weekend with Treorchy’s annual Christmas parade. This little gathering quite literally saw the whole of Treorchy take to the streets to get into the festive spirit. Christmas songs were filling the whole of the town, children were waiting in anticipation to catch a glimpse of Santa and I was more than happy to stand on the sidelines with my boyfriend, his family and a Bailey’s hot chocolate in hand whilst watching the festivities get underway.
But on Sunday, snow was well and truly upon us in the Valleys. We woke up like excited children to see the whole of the town and surrounding mountains covered in a blanket of snow. It’s quite surreal that I haven’t seen snow like this since I was 16 years old. And I really wasn’t the only one who’d seemed to miss this lovely weather. The whole town seemed to be out walking either with their dogs or with young children and their sledges in tow. So we decided to join in and to take walk up to one of the nearby mountains to enjoy the snow with a view and to take in the fresh air.
My weekend couldn’t have felt more festive if we’d have tried. After spending hours out walking, we returned home where my boyfriend decided to roast a chicken which we assembled into a sandwich with stuffing, cranberry sauce and homemade gravy. Oh, and let’s not forget about the dessert of homemade Bailey’s hot chocolate and mince pies. Christmas is well and truly on its way and I for one am in the festive spirit!