Sunday, 20 January 2013

snow motion

Hurrah! I can get around in the snow again.

I’ve never been a huge lover of the snow. As a child obviously I found it quite exciting and did my fair share of snowman building, snowball throwing and tobogganing if there was the opportunity. Equally, I had never had any special dread of snow, until I had a fall three years ago which led to a twisted ankle and badly bruised ribs.

That experience left me feeling fearful of going out if there was snow or ice underfoot. I wasn’t happy with the sense of being housebound and dependent on other people for supplies. It felt like old age a little bit too soon. So when I saw a headline back in early December about the “coldest week for decades” (which turned out to be nonsense) we decided to buy some shoe spikes. This weekend has been our first opportunity to try them out and I’m very pleased indeed. Confidence returned.

Apparently they’re among “the top ten gifts for older people”, but I’m happy to see that Charlotte who is perfectly young and fit was looking for her "yaktrax" before going for a walk with the dog.


  1. I think your versions look rather smarter than mine! Joe laughed at me when I bought them two years ago, but I wouldn't be without them.

  2. I've seen these on a couple of blogs and was considering buying some (handy for dog walking duties). But the snow's melting here!

  3. Well I'm not old but I definitely need some ... I'm forever sliding about walking the whippets in this weather! Hope you've continued to stay on your feet :D

    And thank you for the get well wishes, much appreciated m'dear :D

  4. Hi Moira, it was so nice to meet you earlier today...thanks for commenting over on my blog. Funnily enough I caught my husband in the act of throwing away some old shirts this afternoon - I have saved them for you! Hope to see you on Sunday. Rachel

  5. I think your shoe spikes are a brilliant idea and have wished I had some on many an icy morning while walking the kids to school.

    Thanks for your brilliant suggestion of washi tape on my cardboard letters - I have been looking for an excuse to buy some washi tape for some time and now I have one! ;-)

    Gillian x