Welcome! Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy browsing some of the photos and stories. As the 'teawife,' it is my duty to watch and listen and be a supportive friend, and a loving mum and wife. I should post more often, but sticking my nose into everyone's business keeps me busy! Kathy the teawife

Friday, January 31, 2014

Pineapple Express

My hubby, who currently works in Moscow (and 'commutes' home to Colorado a few times a year), asked for a few photos of this morning's snow. You would think he'd have enough of his own snow in Russia, but in the Moscow city center, not a lot of the snow sticks around. It's always cold, gray and damp in the winter, but he hasn't seen a big white snow event . . . yet! There are lots of weeks left in the winter! 


Today's snow in Loveland was of the more unfriendly variety. Usually, we have powdery stuff that's easy to plow and move. This time, we had chinook winds blow through a couple of days ago and the warm winds melted the previous snow, causing the ground to warm and water to be left on the pavements and roads.

As we went back down into the 20s and teens last night, all that moisture froze, and then wet snow layered on top of it. Not great for drivers heading to work or school. This Pineapple Express came from the Pacific and was laden with moisture. As it crosses over the Rockies, it's expected to drop 2 to 4 feet of snow in the mountains (great for skiers; and also 'good' for avalanche potential! Yikes). We won't be getting that much -- 5 to 6 inches this morning and maybe a bit more this evening.



I usually head out to shovel first thing in the morning, but after I saw the ice at the bottom of the snow and felt the heaviness of the snow, I came back inside, brewed a cup of tea, put my feet up, and sent a text to my trusty landscaper to come with his snow plow!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lovely Loveland in the snow


This morning, I awoke to lots of chirping birds and a white hazy sky, which meant the snow had arrived. The birds were sheltering and nibbling on food from the hanging feeders on our balcony. 

We are expecting snow all day. The house finches, juncos, flickers and chickadees were making themselves right at home under our covered balcony. 

This is my first time to be in our Loveland home through January, so I've been interested in what the weather would bring. I think the snow totals vary quite a bit from year to year. 

Today, it's been lovely to watch the snow as it comes down throughout the day. So many of the snow events seem to happen overnight, and I miss all the action! More photos are located on my Teawife Facebook site.







Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Back in the U.S.A.


Three months have passed since my transatlantic move from the south of England to the foothills of Colorado. Furniture was packed up on one end and shipped to the other, with most items arriving unscathed. Whether I can claim that my mind and body weathered the journey as well is still unknown! 

Currently, I'm here in Colorado, with my dog Sophie, experiencing the wonders of Colorado and wishing I could share it all with my family, who are strewn in all corners of the world. My 18-year-old son left for Lancaster University in England to study biochemistry, and my husband is working and 'commuting' from Moscow. I realize our family life is not the norm, but these are the consequences of choosing an expat life. Our son straddles both the UK and US worlds and seamlessly moves from one to the other. I'm just very very grateful for Skype, which keeps me connected with both son and husband! Looking forward to having them both in Colorado at Christmas. 

I have had some other visitors while living in Colorado, including a family of raccoons scrounging around the bird feeders on the balcony AND a bear! I encountered the bear in our driveway as Sophie and I returned from a walk. Bear had come up our flagstone steps from the lake. Perhaps it was interested in our peach tree, which was heavily laden with ripe fruit. Sophie growled at bear, my heart stopped, bear looked at us, and then turned tail and ran back down the steps. Whew! Bear eventually swam the length of the lake to get away; I didn't know my dog was so frightening! 


Fortunately, I enjoyed a long summer with my son before left for school. While he was here, northern Colorado experienced one of the worst floods of its history. The damage to local infrastructure was horrendous. 

You can see some of the photos, which I posted on my Teawife Facebook page, taken from our neighborhood during the flood.

I'm slowly starting to settle into my life in Colorado, and I'm trying to document my experiences through photos and words. This is the first autumn I've spent in Colorado, and I've been enjoying all the changes that come, from golden and russet leaves to early snows that temporarily blanket the landscape in white.

For example, last week, we had a cold system blow through, and our area had the first hard freeze of the season. Having freezing weather in the Front Range of Colorado is not unusual, of course. Because we have freezing temps every morning once it's winter, the weathermen only warns us of a hard freeze once. A meteorologist the other day explained that once we have one hard killing frost, everything is dead, and there is no reason for the weather service to continue to issue warnings! This is not Texas, where I grew up. 

The extreme temperatures of Colorado, along with its plentiful days of sunlight, are unique to a mountainous region. While living in England, it was common in the autumn to have 24-hour temperature ranges of 44 to 54 degrees. In Colorado, the autumn averages 34 to 64, but the spread can be even wider, with a hard freeze in the morning and bright sunshine in the afternoon. My friend the sun greets me almost every morning in Colorado; in England, the weather

The frost also affected tree leaves in such a strange way. In England, the leaves color and gradually drop to the ground (unless there is a big gale). In Colorado, we had beautifully colored gold, rust, red and yellow leaves on trees until the hard frost when they promptly fell off! Some leaves are still 'sticking' around, but the image of the leaves suddenly dropping to the ground reminded me of the Whomping Willow tree of Harry Potter fame. During autumn, it would violently 'poof', and all the leaves would fall off. 


A couple of days later, Loveland had its first snow of the season. This is what fall is like in Colorado! You can see more frost and October snow photos on my Teawife Facebook page.




Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunset on the golf course



A couple of evenings ago, I got a call from our neighbor that there was a family of elk lounging in the Mariana Butte Golf Course. Lately, I had been so inundated with moving boxes, unpacking, and finding cubby holes for all our stuff that I had not done much walking or found my camera to take photos. I thought that grabbing the camera and having a wee walk in the neighborhood would be some much needed therapy. As I was walking toward the elk family, I also caught some amazing cloud play with the sunset. I think I need to get out more often!








Friday, August 23, 2013

Bettys of Yorkshire


Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year. I know that my friends in the United Kingdom are probably lamenting the near-future passing of long summer days, but I get giddy when the first cool breezes blow in. I suppose this comes from growing up in Texas, where the summers drag on and on, and we all eagerly await the first Nor'easter.

I have no idea how I will feel about all the seasonal changes now that I am in Colorado! We are much closer to those cold fronts that blow out of Canada, don't cha know! This will be the first autumn that I am at my new home in Loveland, CO.

Today, I received an email from Bettys, a Yorkshire-based tea-cake-biscuit-sweet-pudding purveyor, in operation since 1919. I love some of the Taylors of Harrogate teas that you can buy at Bettys. If you happen to be in the Yorkshire area, you can have an afternoon tea at Bettys. The photo above, of this scrumptious autumn spread, just makes me want to be in Yorkshire, right this minute, having tea. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Proud Robin


We've had so many robins, which are normally very territorial, diving into our bird feeders for suet pellets and sunflower seeds. They wait for us in the morning to fill the feeder. They will even come up to the kitchen window and look in if we are running late. Then they practically fly on top of us as we come out with the goodies. I will miss the English robin when we move to Colorado. 


Bluebells in Norbury Woods



 As the pages of the calendar are turned, the flowers of the seasons also change here in Surrey, England. Snowdrops in January, crocus in February, narcissus in March, daffodils in April, and bluebells in May.

Okay, so it doesn't always go as smoothly as flipping a calendar page. In fact, this year's British winter was long and chilly, and spring seems stuttering to take off. I've run heaters and used the fireplace in this month of May. I have the heaters running again today.


When hubby and I walked in Norbury Woods two weeks ago, we didn't know if there would be any bluebells because it has been so chilly, gray and wet. We were gleeful when we approached the meadow, where the bluebells usually bloom, and saw the blanket of blue!

In addition, March and April are the lambing seasons, and it is wonderful to see the new lambs in the fields. By May, these lambs are a little braver and curious. There are fields along the Norbury Woods and we enjoyed seeing mum sheep with their offspring.



Living in a land that changes with the season makes each walk in Norbury Woods a treat and mystery: what will we see today? Here are some photos that hubby and I took on our early May stroll.

If you like our photos, I invite you to 'like' my Teawife Facebook page, where I post even more photos! In particular, you can see more photos of our stroll in my Facebook album.

Our five-year expat experience in Surrey, England, is coming to an end in about six weeks when we relocate back to the US. I'll then be posting photos from Colorado and other places that we travel. Dear son will be returning to the UK to go to university in October. Hubby will be traveling a lot to Russia. So who knows what kind of photos you will be seeing from us. We hope you enjoy sharing our journeys.