Posted by: christinelaennec | October 27, 2012

Tha an t-sneachd ann!

Meaning, we have snow!  (pronounced something like:  Ha an Trach kaun – ch as in loch)

View from the bay window at breakfast, Saturday October 27th 2012. Aberdeen.

It began snowing yesterday afternoon in a most dramatic fashion but it hasn’t come to too much, at least here in town.  On the menu for lunch today, soup and cornbread.  And I’m SO grateful to have a heating system that works.

If you like Scottish tea-towels, you can take part in a giveaway in my previous post (til 4th of November).  I hope you are all keeping warm!



  1. Snow in Scotland looks wonderful – even if, for now, it is just a dusting. Soup and cornbread sounds delicious and are one of my favorite cold weather combinations. Do you have any problems finding cornmeal there? I don’t know why I think you would. Hopefully not. Keep warm!

  2. Tha e gle fuar. Yes, it’s freezing down here as well.

  3. i’ve been reading about how there is a movement afoot to promote and preserve the Gaelic language. makes sense to me. 🙂

  4. It was very warm, even hot in the afternoons (80s) up until Thursday, (70s) Friday, today went from 70s to maybe high 50s between the hours of 1 and 6. My husband, son and his son were going to Georgia Tech’s Homecoming and the football game as a birthday treat for the youngest who was 11 in September. I dropped them within a few blocks of the game around 2:30; my husband had had on a light weight jacket and decided his heavy winter jacket was better. Our son and his son had on very thin jerseys saying GA TECH. I bit my tongue and did not say, “And where are YOUR coats?” Guess who was freezing when I pick them up? Will they do better next year? I hope the smallest will but I give up on Dad.

    Your snow is beautiful – is that a river under the bridge I saw?


  5. Gaelic spelling is ridiculous! Glad to see your snow’s not too bad, I heard it was quite spectacular in parts of Aberdeenshire.

  6. Nothing down here, but my Dad told me that the P&J was doing its best to squeeze drama out of a light dusting of snow!

  7. Nothing down here, just pouring rain. The dust of snow with the warm red autumn colors is lovely. 🙂 Stay warm and enjoy your day.

  8. Well it certainly felt like snow down here in Sussex yesterday morning – bit of a shock to the system and I need to knit myself a new hat – rapidly! Judy.

  9. Thanks, everyone!

    Dianne, you know it isn’t easy to find cornmeal here. There’s one health food shop in Aberdeen that sometimes sells it – in a package called “cornmeal grits,” which as a Southerner you will know is totally incorrect! Michael’s Auntie Mya in Donegal used to have it on hand and put it in her soda bread. She called it “Indian meal”.

    Flora, I’m impressed with your Gaelic! Hope it’s “na’s blaithe” now. (warmer)

    ajb, yes there is now a Gaelic Language Act in Scotland, although I couldn’t tell you a lot more than that, having fallen a bit out of the loop since the Dafter left Gaelic Medium Education.

    Linda, I’m a bit perplexed by the river and bridge that you’re seeing. The photo on this post is of two front gardens, divided by a wall, and beyond them, there is a barely-visible street, with houses on the other side. Good luck getting your family to dress for the weather!

    Lorna, yes and no! English has a very perverse spelling system (laughter/daughter, etc.). I really like the fact that Gaelic existed long before English or the other Romance languages came into being. The monks were making the Book of Kells in the 8th century and people outside the Gaeltachd were speaking a mishmash of Saxon and other tribal languages. There is actually rhyme and reason to Gaelic spelling. We had a brilliant Gaelic teacher, Seumas Grant, who taught it to us.

    Linda, I can just see it: “Snowgeddon hits the Highlands” or some such!

    Kia, I’m glad you liked the snow with the leaves. It was still quite dark when I took the photo and I didn’t want to tamper with it, colour-wise, to bring out the contrast, so I’m glad you saw it!

    Judy, I’m sure you’ve warmed up a bit by now but I hope you’ve enjoyed starting your hat. Stay warm.

  10. Happy snow. For my part I’m SO not ready for it, but whatcanyado.

  11. Seumas Grant was the best teacher I’ve ever encountered. I never knew anybody who made an hour pass so quickly – and profitably.

  12. Snow? SNOW!?!?!??!?!??? OH MY!!!!

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