Fifty Words for Snow

Did you know that Kate Bush had a single (and an album) called Fifty Words for Snow? The single features Stephen Fry and he names fifty words for snow (bet that surprised you!)

I tend to think of Kate Bush a lot when it snows, one of my favourite songs of hers was ‘December Will Be Magic Again’ where the snow falls to cover the muck up…and it certainly does. But it causes so much disruption and it certainly doesn’t take the muck away. Our garden is currently a mud bath after the melted snow. We have had water disruptions due to burst water pipes and we lost our heating and hot water for a while.


Okay, the song contains a lot of words that are made up and ‘santanyeroofdikov’ is one of them. I think it means that Santa is on your roof with a bit of a Russian twist?

The snow we had last week seemed to drift off the roofs, it didn’t want to settle. Well, not until Friday when it settled in force and we first became snowed in. The earlier snow was sort of powdery, you definitely couldn’t make a snowman from it. It was blown around by the gale force winds of storm Emma and it was so, so cold. Because the roads and pavements were not affected I didn’t think the kids were going to get a day off school, but they did. On Thursday evening the school sent a text to say they would be closed on Friday. They called it right, on Friday morning it was still blustery and cold, but by the afternoon the snow was coming down fast and sticking. It was soon forming drifts half way up the doors and fences. It was a proper ‘vanilla swarm.’


By Friday evening we were snowed in, good and proper. My daughter had a hospital appointment but my husband barely got a quarter of the way there and had to turn back. The traffic was just not moving.

Saturday, we were happy to stay indoors. The kids had lost interest in the snow and didn’t want to go out and play, in fact there were very few kids out in the neighbourhood too. This snowstorm really wasn’t welcome. I was proud of our cat who braved the snow to go outside even though she was practically buried in it. Good job she’s black and not white, we may have lost her!

I didn’t take any photos of the snow. I guess even I was bored of it. Here’s one I took of the last snow fall just before Christmas.

In a totally unimaginative way, I called it ‘snow.’ Kate Bush would not be proud.


By Sunday the rain had started but it was like little drops of ice, ‘psychohail.’ The snow started to clear a little leaving a deluge of slippery slush. Still not good to go out. Which is a shame because we had been invited out to an event at Pizza Express which had to be cancelled. I guess I expected it would be, and the kids did too. Maybe they will do it again another day.

I don’t know if it was the snow, or cabin fever or whatever, but things started to get tense in the house by Sunday. I was hoping so much that the snow would clear and the kids would be going back to school on Monday. They seemed to bicker with each other all day, I lost count of the tantrums.


Don’t you know it’s not just the Eskimo.
Let me hear your 50 words for snow.

Just so you know I’m telling the truth, here is Kate Bush and Stephen Fry with 50 Words for Snow and someone’s home video of an awful lot of snow.

The Snow has gone now!

Thank goodness for that.


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  1. March 6, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I’ve not heard this before. Fun. I know the Inuits are meant to have many word for snow (but probably don’t) and after seeing the powdery snow turn more sticky, I can see why. It was fun to have, but I feel like I’m through with winter and want to move on into spring. Hope you catch up with appointments and everything else. #keepingitreal

  2. March 6, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Haha I like the song, I’d never heard of it. Love Stephen Fry! I hope all is back to normal with you now. We had two lovely snow days and enjoyed lots of sledging and appreciated the excuse to walk to the pub for lunch but it’s great that it’s gone now and all is back to normal. #keepingitreal

  3. March 6, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I haven’t heard that song before….It’s a strange one.
    My girls had great fun in the snow on Wednesday and Thursday but we were so over it by Saturday by Sunday thanks to the rain it was just about gone….Now it’s like it was never here. We have rain. Ugh x

  4. March 6, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I’m not sure I know 3 words for snow much less 50. I like Stephen Fry but just saying 50 words as a recording does seem odd except it’s Stephen Fry. Not for him. #KeepingItReal

  5. March 6, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Wow that is impressive. We have more snow again today. It is an odd song. Like it though xx #keepingitreal

  6. March 6, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I must admit to having some pangs of jealousy that we missed the snow in Holland but I hate driving in it and heard about the chaos. Hope you got your pipes sorted. We had a burst pipe too, which emptied the central heating system. Thank goodness it was quickly sorted as it was freezing despite there not being snow here. I’ve never heard that Kate Bush song before! #keepingitreal

  7. March 9, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Hi Anne, how funny (the song), I’ve never heard it before. Doesn’t Stephen Fry have something to do with a word society or something similar in the UK?… I can’t imagine how cold it must have been without heating! It’s making me shiver just thinking about it. It’s a shame you didn’t get photos, I do enjoy nosing at the snow through over peoples lenses, although I wouldn’t want to be in it (well maybe for an hour or so)… It’s a shame your Pizza Express evening got cancelled, I used to really enjoy Pizza Express and I bet it’s much better now… May spring soon be with you!

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


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