Snow Days at Norlha
The signs of winter on the Tibetan Plateau cling fast; the earliest snow can come at the end of September, the latest in June. Though they bring a chill, these snows keep a playful edge; one wakes to a milky sky and a delicate white blanket that has disappeared by noon, seeped into the brown soil, eager to receive it.
Snow may be fine for nomads, but it is a pain for house owners, and Ritoma nomads have winter houses. The snow gathers on the flat rooves which requires regular maintenance to avoid leakage and needs to be swept off immediately.