Winter in Poland

Winter in Poland

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Edward keeping lookout

Now that spring is here, we can think back with a modicum of fondness to winter.

A picture paints a thousand words, so here are several thousand words showing you what spring in Kamionka Wielka looks like today.

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See the bright green tree behind the power pole? Our land runs in line with the fence, for some way beyond that tree

Winter was not like that! Our first exploratory trip over here from London was in October 2011 and while it was cold, it was not THAT cold. (Actually, one late afternoon in the Jura it WAS that cold, with freezing mist and a strong urge to get somewhere – anywhere – warm.)

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A gratuitous picture of the Jura landscape to show you why we thought it might be a nice place to live.

When we made the move over, it was already mid-March and starting to warm up. We saw some snow at Lysina and one day we drove through a snow-covered forest, with deep valleys, which blew our minds. But otherwise, until the day we viewed KW24, it was getting gradually warmer. So we kinda laughed off all those comments about winter winds from Siberia – after all, KW24 is farther south than any part of the UK, save the Channel Islands.

How wrong were we? Several thousand more words coming up!

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We had a white Xmas

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We had deep snow by January

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The last foot of snow fell early in April

Mid-winter temperatures had often been down to minus 20 during the day. We were very glad of our log stove in the kitchen and fire in the bedroom – and the under-floor heating in the wetroom!

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We’re on the corner of the road out of Kamionka Wielka to Kamionka Górna. Few cars get as far as KW24 – there’s a better road from the main village to Gorna so we really see only cars and tractors heading past us or up the hill to the  – let’s say 20 – houses and farms close by or in the forest. Over winter, we got to know a few people who had a go at the hill, then asked if they could leave their cars on our land and walk home! Even the locally popular little Suzuki Jeeps could not make the hill.

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With Rajmund’s truck and John’s Cayenne we were not badly off when we needed to go out – and anyway, once off our land and a hundred yards or so towards Nowy Sącz, we were usually onto ploughed road – being on the bus route sees to that.

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TeaPot loved the snow, even if she DID usually come back from visits outside with a distinctly frozen undercarriage. Edward and Jasper handled it better than we expected, spending a lot of time on the roof and/or in the attic – cue sounds of two cats chasing round overhead. But every night they piled inbed together, to keep warm.

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What do you do when it’s like that outside? Well, you surf the net, read your Kindle, cook, make wódka liqueurs, chop logs (OK, we were late with this – we know better now!), and apparently don’t unpack the rest of the stuff shipped from London. We’re only tackling that now!

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 A final 1,000 words on the beauty of Southern Poland

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