Snow at Dedham
“The floods were a great adventure while they lasted. How sure was I that I could paint all this sky and water! What pictures I set out to do ! Alas ! when I tried, the wide stretches of flood would look like snow.
There are yet the frosts and snow to tell of, which were often the cause of floods and which lasted for weeks and weeks together. Lanes drifted up level, and there were snow-ploughs with horses and men who were given hot, mulled beer to drink. Then a thaw, followed by floods and more frosts and hosts of folk all skating. Some skating and pushing others on chairs; some cutting figures on the ice; skating all hours of the day and in the moonlight. Sharp, hard, sparkling frosts, and a church cold in spite of stoves on a Sunday.