Well apart from actually being on the cold side it's got me thinking back to my visit to Kufstein in Austria in January last year with Stihl, where from my hotel room I could see our destination for dinner that evening, the Fortress at Kufstein. When we arrived in Munich there was snow on the ground, but as we headed by coach over the border into Austria, the snow increased, and in Kufstein in was full on snow.
We'd seen great views from the Stihl factory windows and the snow laden trees on the autobahn and then there was the news that we were walking, along the snowy pavements to dinner at the Fortress. My first thoughts, as ever, when snow is concerned was for my shoes. But actually the snow was different to the snow we have here, it was much drier, and even though there was much more of it, it wasn't as bad as I expected
It made for a pretty backdrop too, and in the courtyard of the Fortress where we gathered for warm mulled wine to listen to the band, I took some time to look around.
As we approached the Fortress from ground level this was the view, stunning isn't it - and how clear is that sky? There were two ways up, the stairs or by lift.
I opted for the lift and captured this view looking over Kufstein on the way. I did later walk down, as after a generous meal a walk was much needed.
As you can see there was quite a bit of snow, and much more than we ever expect to see in London. In some places there were just piles of snow where pavements and walkways had been cleared. I guess there's nowhere else to put it?!
The trees were still up with their decorations on and a heavy dusting of snow. But it wasn't all bad, as you can see in the photo below, more mulled wine was just arriving. Just to keep us warm...
I've already shared the pretty snow-laden trees alongside the autobahn and in the courtyard there was more of the same, and they were just as pretty.
The lanterns were also a hit with me, the plants echoing the detailed design on their top.
It was a great evening, in a very picturesque setting with more snow than I think I've seen for a long time. But also, perhaps the start, of me being less freaked out by snow, and definitely in admiration for countries that not only cope, but continue to function with the weather. Perhaps we're the same with rain, we're definitely not on the same level regarding snow.
So while we may see snow in London this winter, I hope I'm right when I say it won't be anything like on this scale...