She strode up the street in the deepening snow
the laces on her boots swinging out with each step.
She had forgotten her gloves that morning and had pulled the sleeves
of her sweater over her hands.
I could hear the scrunch of her boots as she walked
and imagined the soft thudding sound that the snow must be making on her umbrella.
The snowstorm had brought everything in the city to a grinding halt.
The cars could hardly get up my street without their tyres squealing and slipping
on the slippery surface,
and those going down the hill slid down sideways when they hit the breaks.
Dogs still had to be taken for walks
and red cars showed off their red paintwork
gleaming against the white of the snow.
Passers-by dashed past
wanting to get home as soon as possible
and thankful they had taken their umbrellas with them that morning.
But I was snug in my apartment
watching the big flakes floating down against the building opposite.
I ventured out onto one end of my balcony,
feeling as excited as when I was a child and I used to rush outside
in the snow with outstretched arms
as if to catch all the flakes in the sky!
I zoomed in on the nearby small park to capture the beauty of it all.
embracing the scene with my eyes
in its tiniest detail
I went outside a little later and captured this bench on which no one would sit that day.
A bush with red berries gave a welcome splash of colour
My pot of purple flowers, which had survived since the summer,
looked a little shocked by their sprinkling of snow.
I pulled them nearer to the kitchen window to protect them as best I could.
I returned inside to the warmth of the kitchen where there was the aroma of soup
simmering in the cast-iron pan.
Carrot and sweet potatoes were cooking with grated ginger.
Perfect for a day like today!
When I looked outside again, the snow was coming sideways ...
or was that the window which had turned when I wasn't looking...?
Well that was the story of Friday
and now it's already Sunday
and an array of coloured crocheted hearts
are sitting on my work table.
Red ones and pink ones with assorted chocolates
Turquoise and orange
made into pouches with handles
Some with frilly edges
... and one just for you with a Lindt chocolate heart
just in time to wish you all a
Happy Valentine's Day!
This pattern is called Granny Heart Superstar
which you can find