Monday, 20 December 2010

Picture of Ice Crystals on Ice

Took this picture on Saturday. A puddle had frozen solid encasing the grass in ice. Then a dusting of ice crystals had settled on the surface. I think this impressive effect was created by the very rapid freeze we had.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Snow at Sunset

Finally, the snow of this second December bout has arrived in these parts. A light dusting has covered everything again. We set off on our daily dog walk as the sun set over the village behind us. 

Although the sun could be seen in the west as it just got to settling behind the skyline snow started to gently fall. 
We pressed on like intrepid polar explorers crossing the fields rapidly getting covered in snow. Enjoying the scene and quiet beauty that snow brings as we went. 

It's a shame snow causes such disruption as I enjoy walking in it and would be happy to see it remain all winter.

The snow stopped after half an hour or so and as the sun had set the temperature plunged. Snow flakes were freezing in our hair.

We arrived home to the heat of our coal fire which was most welcome after a good snowy walk. 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

De-snowed but not De-iced

Some long days at work and restricted mobility from having a rear wheel drive car (never again) have restricted my wanderings around and about hence this been my first post for over two weeks.

Finally, this week the very last of our snow melted and we started to get warm. But now winter has returned with a vengeance but not in the form of snow but frozen ground and ice (current temp -6 centigrade). We have, so far, escaped any snow in what is the 3rd(?) installment of  "Freezing 10". Should I copyright that? The media are going to need some new slogans soon to keep up the hyperbole especially now London has been hit.

Thick ice was the feature of our short walk this afternoon. Each puddle had  a smooth glassy finish of at least two inches of clear ice. The weight of four of us and two dogs wasn't enough to make the slightest crack. Every blade of glass was was brittle with ice crystals and crunched under foot. Our breath escaping in great steaming clouds as the freezing air punched the back of our lungs. Our dogs usually ever ready for a long walk even seemed reluctant to press on in the freezing air.

Before long we returned home to our coal fire. Which as the coal man has managed to deliver us some more will be able to blaze away over Christmas. This is rather important as we can't get any oil for the central heating until at least 29th December. Rationing of the heating has been implemented!

Whether it's snow or ice Christmas this year will definitely have a wintry feel.

Friday, 3 December 2010

More snowy sunrise

These are  the pictures I took with my Nokia N8 once the battery went flat on my camera. I couldn't take any more as it was too fiddly to do with my gloves on and my hands started going numb after a couple of minutes with them off.

Snowy sunrise picture

Snowy sunrise - 3 December 2010
I looked out of the window this morning and saw the light of the sunrise giving the snow a golden glow. I dashed out with my camera and this is the photo I got. Unfortunately, it was the only photo as the battery went dead. I may have mildly cursed at my self at that point for being stupid for not charging the battery. I did take some more pictures with my phone but haven't had a chance to check them yet.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Don't forget local businesses

Many of the small businesses on the Yorkshire Wolds rely on passing trade to boost their coffers. During the current spell of bad (extreme?) weather much "passing" isn't going to be going on. So whenever possible we should try to support our local businesses more than ever. So, to practice what I preach I'm now off to the pub for a few pints, a sit by a log fire and to tell tall stories of battling through ten foot drifts to fill the coal bucket!