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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Housebound again

This time its snow and more particularly, ice. Both the drives to the house have been like skating rinks for the last few days. I havent been out in the car for nearly a week (good job I got some provisions when I did!) I started to walk to some friends on Friday night, but gave up - even with my walking boots and poles. Too slippery.

The snow is very pretty, but we are not used to so much, nor temperatures below freezing for so long. This part of Dorset is very close to the sea, and I had to remember where the sledge had been put for safe keeping, it was so long ago we used it last.

I looked after Wilson, the Springer Spaniel, for a day - and I dont think he had seen snow before.

Many of the plants in the garden will not handle such hard frosts very well. A couple of nights, yes - but a whole week?? I suspect the agapanthus and some of the hebes wont like the prolonged cold. But the variegated holly tree looked wonderful in the morning sun, viewed from the warmth indoors.

Some days have had lovely clear skies, and this sunset was a joy to behold.

Now we have a warmer evening, and I hope to get to the shops tomorrow morning - before the forecast "winter storm" is with us in the south west of England during the afternoon, and the roads are closed again!


At 9:38 pm, Blogger Tabor said...

These are strange times. We took a hike today and came upon a marsh with drifts of ice starting to melt and the temperature reaching 63F!!! I had to take off my jacket as I was perspiring.

At 9:49 am, Blogger vishwa said...

Watched the cold blanket over Europe, in the news. Looks romantic from afar, but must be pretty hard, isn't it? My wife grew up in Kashmir and she says, in winters, the waterpipes would freeze and they had to heat them up to allow the water to flow freely.

At 12:51 pm, Blogger Kerri said...

Oh my! Yes, I've been reading about your big snows. I'm sure you enjoyed the beauty, but not so much the inconvenience, nor especially the damage to plants. I hope there wasn't too much.
Ice is treacherous. After fracturing my shoulder in our driveway last February, I'm very wary of walking on ice.
Did Wilson enjoy the snow?
We've had several days of strong, frigid winds and snow showers, but the weather is quiet for a change this morning. Still very cold though at 11ºF/-11.6ºC. The temps will rise later today and give us a welcome break for a few days. Ahh!
I'm glad to see you're still exulting, like our 'other Val' :)
I'm waiting to hear your little secret..... :)

At 7:14 am, Blogger Rowan said...

Beautiful sunset photo - I'm glad the snow and particularly the ice has gone though. The icy footpaths here were lethal.


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