December 3, 2010 at 12:43 am | Posted in Fun and Games, George | Leave a comment
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‘”Golly, it’s snowing!” [George] said suddenly sitting up. “I thought it would when I saw the leaden sky this morning. It’s snowing hard! It will be quite thick by tonight – inches deep.”‘(Five Go Adventuring Again)

Considerable Falls of Snow by Eric Ravilious (1938)

The news is full of tales of snow-related woe this week, and many people are finding their lives disrupted by travel chaos and the extreme cold. It might therefore be worth turning to Blyton to remember the magical side of snow too:

‘In winter-time the clouds often float through very cold air, and it sometimes happens that instead of turning into raindrops, as they usually do, they change from water-vapour into tiny ice-crystals. The crystals join together and make snowflakes. They are too heavy to float about the sky, so down they come. They are so soft and light that, although there may be many thousands of snowflakes falling around us, we never hear a sound.

Have you ever seen an ice-crystal? I should like you to see one, because I know you will be surprised at its lovely shape. To see crystals properly, you want a piece of black cloth. Catch a snowflake on it and look at it through a small magnifying glass.

You will see that the flake is made of tiny glittering crystals – and every one of them has six sides! Catch as many as you like and count the number of points they have, and you will always find six, or a multiple of six. Some of the crystals are feathery-looking, some are star-shaped, others are plain  – but all are exquisitely fragile and delicate.’ (Around the Year: Winter Time)

The ‘Things to Do’ section of the chapter on ‘The Story of Frost and Snow’ suggests that ‘the very first chance you have, catch a snowflake on something dark and look at it closely – with a magnifying glass if you can. Count its sides’.

Why don’t we give it a try?


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