The snow fell on Friday and has lain on the ground for a week. For seven days the world has been white when I've drawn back my curtains, and icicles have hung from the eaves, glinting with a fearful beauty that puts me in mind of fairy tales.
Some afternoons water has dripped from branches and other mornings fresh dustings of snow have covered the land, but always there's been the presence and possibility of snow in the air, and we've been living with a sense of unreality pressed up against reality, in the presence of all this beauty.
Of course, life has gone on. All week we've gone about our usual business, visiting friends, playing monsters, keeping appointments and painting ceilings. But every time I've glanced out of my window or set foot through my door, I've been greeted with the miraculous spectacle of snowflakes and reminded that life is extra special, extra beautiful, extraordinary.
And in between all the mundane details of living, that so often suffocate my wonder, I've been gifted with moments of magic.
I've heard the crunch of snow beneath my boots as I've walked out to the car, I've sat and watched lost snowflakes wend their way through an open sky, I've driven through white fields transformed by the setting sun and gasped at the beauty of the world, and I've wrapped my boy up warm and watched him slip and run through the frozen world with a smile on his face and never a care for the cold.
And as I've returned back to the reality of living, the sense of the extraordinary has come with me, and slipped into our home life too. And in amongst the everyday business of life we've lit the fire, made pies, baked potatoes, drunk hot chocolate, watched The Snowman, snuggled on the sofa and watched the snow from the windows.
Tonight the snow still sits on the ground, and before I go to bed I will peek out of the back door to look at the way it glints in the moonlight. Soon it will be gone, and reality will resume. But for now, I'm living in the presence of magic, and life is extra special, extra beautiful, extraordinary.