Flamingoes with Snow-do's
Yep, it snowed and it snowed, and then it snowed some more. In the 10 years I've lived in the Netherlands, there's never been such a snowfall in one day.
Sacha and I didn't venture out too far... just to the back garden. lol
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sacha in the Snow - none too thrilled!
Poor Sacha, she forgot to put on her "klompen", but I didn't...
Judy's Klompen in the Snow
Dutch Klompen (wood clogs) are still the best shoes in the world. These wooden shoes are almost 40 years old and still keeping my feet warm and dry!
Now ok, we know for some of our readers who live in snowier parts of the world, this isn't a great deal of snow - but for us it is! Long gone are the days when the Netherlands used to experience heavy winter snows like the kind you see in old pintings such as this one by the impressionist painter, Claude Monet...
Amsterdam in the snow, ca. 1874
oil on canvas
Private collection - online source The Athenaeum
The only person we know who braved painting in that snow yesterday was René "steenstraat arnhem"- winter wonderland Holland. , who lives near Arnhem (further east of us). He's brave and maybe a lil crazy ( just kidding René). ;o)
So, the consequences of one or two days of heavy snowfall, in the Utrecht province (the middle of the Netherlands), is quite an event now. For example, yesterday, all the trains running in or out of Utrecht Centraal Station (central station in english) were stopped (no one in, no one out), causing a lot of folks to be stranded in train stations all over Holland and an increase in auto traffic jams. Traffic jams are already a pain on Holland's heavily trafficked highways/by-ways, so when the trains stop it's, well, it's a nightmare! Centraal Station is the hub station for all lines that run through the Netherlands so you can just imagine the pain. Sacha and I are very happy that yesterday we didn't have to take a train anywhere!
They say more snow might be on the way... hmm.
Judy & Sacha