The Little Book of Snow is a lovely little book, packed with fascinating insights, cultural lore and traditional wisdom about the snow that falls from the sky. Is it true that no two snowflakes are the same? How many white Christmas days have we had? Do the Inuits have dozens of words for snow? And can it ever be too cold to snow?
If walking dogs in snow, always rinse paws with lukewarm water after, as rock salt can burn inside at higher temperatures.
Our memories are often buried in snow, the weather of play, abandon, snowball fights, skiing holidays and rattling down a hillside. It’s the weather of childhood – the world transformed into a temporary playground. The perfect read if you open the curtains in the morning, and find the world has turned to white ….
Frost is simply frozen dew (gardeners don’t take plants outside or use a greenhouse in winter – learn toxic plants to avoid near pets). To defrost your windscreen, use a scraper (not hot water) or use cold air to gradually raise the temperature (not too high if babies/dogs are with you). Or buy a windscreen cover. Or park facing east (the rising sun should defrost your screen, before you get up!)
Sally Coulthard is a best-selling author on natural history and rural life. She lives in Yorkshire with her family, which includes an assortment of unruly animals.