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The joys of late Winter snow can still brighten the days at St Margaret’s

Playing in the Spring snow

This year, Winter seems particularly reluctant to give way to Spring and is promise of green buds, busy buzzing bees and bright splashes of floral colour bursting everywhere to gladden our sight and senses. Incessant snowfall over the recent weekend has created the wonderful spectacle of hardy snowdrops dancing against in the wind against leaden grey skies. Everyone had all but tucked away their boots and stored warm winter coats until next winter’s icy blast determined they were needed. However, the white powder, which blankets the garden and doorsteps, had made the centre windows look more like ship’s scuttles and the children were left quite desperate to make angels in the snow.


Bright and early on Monday morning, after the kids for our little Saint Margaret’s family had risen from bed, washed their faces and donned some warm clothes. They were stopped in their tracks on the way to breakfast as snow lay deep and crisp and even on the windowsills almost making it impossible to see the yard and the garden. It was almost as though somebody had fired a starter gun, as Darius, Nico, Cristina, Rebeca and Andrei simultaneously immediately announced their plans to go out and watch the snow fall. They could barely keep their places at the breakfast table, constantly giggling in anticipation and turning their heads towards the windows mesmerized by the beautiful patterns of snowflakes sticking on the glass and the flurries of snow still falling from the sky.  The Centre’s play area seemed so small, when all the intrepid adventurers trekked out into the space. They started making snowballs to the best of their abilities and throwing them at one another, making imprints in the snow and dancing around; mouths open to catch individual snowflakes, as the snow dusted them all over. Their rosy cheeks, red noses, mittens and colourful caps, their laughter and smiles, their pleasure in discovering joy and fun in the  mundane  is all that matters for it  created for them  a wonderful atmosphere. Their care team  hope that ‘Father  Winter’ and is chum ‘Jack Frost’  will stick around  for just a few more days  so that the children can get their fill of the  joys of snow, before the summers’ long hazy lazy days make fun in the snow  nothing but a happy memory .

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