Saturday

4th February

Rain has arrived. It is 45F/6C and quite gloomy in comparison to the previous weeks weather of dry, cool and bright sunshine. No snow in our forecast at least.

Birds are busy feeding despite the drizzle. Dog is asleep which is what I'd like to be doing myself. *laughs*

It would be a great day to curl up with a blanket and hot cocoa and a book.

4th Feb

Will it?
Won't it?
Oh the suspense! The anticipation!

Is it going to snow or not.

(please, please.... not!)

Its cold out, that sort of dry cold that stings your face & bites you to the bone. The sky is a flat, pale grey, sort of sitting there, scowling at the world.
The water bowl in the chicken coop was frozen this morning, and is frozen again this afternoon. I've beenout and topped up the wild birds' fat ball holder & their water drinker - though I suspect it will just re-freeze again.
The fish pond has ice over 1/4 of it. All the fish are on the bottom, they look safe enough.

Friday

It's a Chill Wind

...that keeps me in the house for the day, apart from obligatory dog-walks undertaken at a rate of knots only matched by the wind itself. It's coming from the North and it is COLD. Otherwise it looks like a perfect day with the sun shining from a clear sky. It reminds me of the Aesop Fable:

The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said: "I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveller to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin." So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveller. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the
traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.


Moral: Kindness is more effective than severity.

Tonight is forecast to drop to 0 C, or perhaps lower. Come what may, tomorrow I will need log replenishment.

3rd February

Cold.
Cold.
Cold.
Cold.

Does something tell you its cold?


The fountain in the pond is still "fountaining" but the actual fountain is a weird and wonderful shape because of all the icicles. Will try to get a photo 
(I have to ask dear daughter - must work out how to do it myself!)

Thursday

2nd Feb

Bright, bright day - but oh so cold. There's quite a strong wind (north east) so no frost but snow is coming, or so the forecast says.

I'm not a fan of snow. Looks lovely draped over mountains and on Christmas cards - but not on the roads of N.E. London where it soon turns slushy and ice makes it hard for us to get to the stableyard.
I'm frightened enough of falling over because my sight isn't so good & my dodgy hip - so iced pavements horrify me.

Have to admit I don't mind snow in the back garden where it looks pretty though!
Wish I lived in Camelot where the snow stayed off the roads & pavements but beautifully decorated the trees and landscape #laugh

Now where are my warm fluffy socks & the lovely white fluffy gloves I had for Christmas... maybe a scarf as well...

(and my cat, Mab, still insists on going in and out of my office window, even though she has a perfectly serviceable catflap.

Wednesday

1st February

It is Imbolc - the time of returning light. In the Christian calendar this important festival became St Brigit's Day. To the pre-Christian pagans it is a day of the Goddess of the Returning Light - all connected to fertility and the all important growing of food in order to survive.

In old days, before we had clocks and calendars, this was the time when farmers started sowing the early crops. Back then, in the mists of time, Imbolc would depend on the phases of the moon and the patterns in the stars, the "1st February" would not have existed.

I was out and about early this morning - before 8 a.m. in fact. It was a beautiful clear morning, although very cold, with frost on the roofs and the cars. The sky a very very pale blue. As we turned a corner, and thus direction, there ahead just above the roof tops was a bright red/orange orb - the rising sun.

Beautiful.

Bright bkessings for this the day of the Goddess of Returning Light.

It's a Beautiful Day

...and so was yesterday - Clear blue skies, warm winter sun and no need to light the fire until gone 7pm.

Today is the same except there is also a warm, busy wind perfect for drying the laundry. I don't think I could have walked any slower whilst out with the dogs, I just wanted to linger in the quiet of the mountainside with only tweeting birds and panting dogs as my backing track.

Monday

30th January

I've been absent, I know *hangs head* But I've had a good excuse! Family was here visiting us for the past several days and I have a heavy production schedule at present. However, I did take a few photos over the weekend! So I'll give a recap of recent weather tidbits:
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, US

 We drove up to Blowing Rock, NC on Saturday which began as a sunny, crisp morning but soon turned into a dark wintry day. We never did encounter any snow flurries, but the sky certainly looked menacing by the time we reached the Blue Ridge Parkway. (above)

Stream at Linville Falls.
 We did not hike out to the falls themselves as it was getting late in the afternoon and the threat of snow loomed overhead. My mother was tired from all the walking earlier in town too.
Flag hanging in front of a shop in Blowing Rock.

Display of fruit in front of a shop in Blowing Rock.

'Out of Wine, Life is Crap' shirt at a shop in Blowing Rock. I should have bought the shirt!
We did very much enjoy walking around Blowing Rock despite the freezing temperatures and strong, icy wind.

The weather is a bit warmer today (52F/11C) and sunny again. We are having warmer temps than is typical for North Carolina in late January. Several of our bulbs are trying to come up and I've spotted a few Forsythia in bloom...in January!