December 21st, 2010

Wanaka tree

Winter is well and truly here

First of all, I would like to thank all of you who commented on my last entry. I'm sorry I haven't replied individually, but I have to say that I was touched very deeply by your comments. Thank you.

I understand that I have friends in Russia, Scandinavia, Canada, and Eastern and Central Europe, and I know you all get harder and more difficult winters than we do here in the temperate south-west of England. It is very unusual for us to get snow. It is very unusual for us to get wintery weather, but the past couple of weeks have put the lie on all that.

We have got snow. It's been around for a while now. We don't usually get cold, really cold, weather but the other day when I was driving to work it was minus ten. Minus bloody ten! The thing is, every one of my friends in those places that really get winters will know exactly how to deal with it. Their world doesn't grind to a halt, they still get all the services they would expect. We haven't had a postal delivery for a week.

Yesterday I went to work in driving snow, about fifteen centimetres fell in not much more than an hour. Today I worked from home because the packed snow on the village roads is too slippery to drive on.

One advantage of all this is that it actually got me out taking some photos. And, because I couldn't get out of the village, that is where I took them. These photos were taken early in the morning on Saturday. The pinkish sky is the sunrise over a wintery landscape. I hope you like them.

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