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Beyond the Lone Islands

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Winter Is Here

Winter is here now, for real. Around -10 C, and a strong wind on top of that. The roads are icy and slippery with a deceitful layer of powdery snow on top. The wind also keeps whirling the snow around. Where I live it still isn't too bad because although it's been snowing on and off for three days now, it has been very small snowflakes, and we have only a thin layer on the ground so far. Reports on the radio tell me the traffic situation has been much worse on the East coast today. I have been out, twice even, because I had to - but it is no fun. The wind is bitter cold and blows right through you, and you (well, at least I!) can only walk in tiny little steps, looking down all the time to watch where you put your feet... Getting home, you find all kinds of muscles aching which you didn't even know you had!

Statues in the park, two days ago.



Rebecca said...

Oh that statue makes me feel cold!

Don said...

Brrr... (I'm cold just reading this. I need to put on a sweatshirt.)

jeannette stgermain said...

Minus 10! oh my, stay inside when you can! Hope you live close to stores (to get food).

Rose-Anne said...

I love those candle lights. They remind me of when i was over there. Your photo captures inside and outside. So lovely.

GB said...

I feel for you. I really do. As it happens I don't mind the cold if I'm dressed for it. The coldest I've been out in was -26 in Canada. But that was then and I was dressed appropriately. And it's very easy saying that when I'm typing this when it's over 32 deg C (about 90 deg F) and full sun outside.

The statue is wonderful by the way. Right up my street.

DawnTreader said...

It is actually usually the wind factor that determines whether the cold is endurable or not, much more than what the thermometer happens to be showing. -10 + wind can be a lot colder than -20 on a still day. The lowest temperature I've been out in was -40 (back in my 20s) on a New Year's Night. Fortunately we didn't know until afterwards that it had been that cold!!!


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