11 December 2017

Wintertime

Beau and Peep
Last evening in "Blue Planet II", David Attenborough told us about the effects of global warming upon our oceans. However, here in South Yorkshire we appear to be suffering from global freezing. 

There's snow on the ground and the weather people have painted their map icy blue. Brrrrr! Last night I almost slipped on my arse as I walked down to the pub for a drink and a chat with Old Bert. He's eighty one and has a cheerful, upbeat attitude to life. He can remember wartime London quite vividly and also his two years of National Service in the mid-fifties. They sent him to a godforsaken army base at Warcup in Westmorland but he remembers that time with his usual cheeriness.
Apple hollowed out by blackbirds
This morning, the tarmacadam on our north-facing  road looks surprisingly clear and I can see that a gritting lorry must have spread salt on it in the middle of the night. In our back garden, blackbirds peck at the apples we have cut open for them. Meanwhile our pet sheep - Beau and Peep continue to shiver in the snow.

Yes folks. It's wintertime.  The sun is meant to burst forth in an hour or two to illuminate the whitened suburbs of this city so later on I might clear the snow from Clint's windows and drive over to Ecclesall Woods for a slippery walk and some wintry  photo snapping. We'll see.
Our house from the back garden

23 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous of your beautiful snow! We have a hard frost this morning that sparkles on the grass, but it's not the same. Enjoy your day!

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    1. I can send you a ton of fresh snow via Amazon if you wish. It should look pretty in your yard and the dogs can frolic in it.

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  2. Sunday was definitely a good day for back-garden photography! I didn't feel like going any farther afield...

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    1. I took my pictures today (Monday).

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  3. Here in North Kent yesterday (Sunday) we had heavy rain, then snow and then several hours heavy rain. Today, so far at near 4pm, we have had continuous and driving rain and sleet pushed in on a gale force and icy NE wind for the last 12 hrs. Everywhere is very wet and very cold and the drought we have been suffering for the last 18 months seems a distant memory already.

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    1. At last! Your prayers have come true Derek!

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  4. I like your sheep. Rick would have great fun rounding them up.

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    1. If Rick tried that they'd say "BAAAAAH!" which would scare the bejesus out of him!

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  5. Much snow yesterday until mid-afternoon, when a spring-like wind came up and turned the falling snow into rain and the snow on the ground into a grey-brown sludge until it disappeared altogether.
    Today, we had rain and rain and some more rain, and it was so warm I was even tempted to leave my gloves at home (but didn't).

    Your sheep look fine. They are a hardy lot, those Yorkshire sheep.
    The picture of the apple for the birds reminds me that I need to clean the windowsill where I usually put out some food for the birds, and the water basin that I keep nearby for them.

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    1. Yorkshire sheep like to conserve their energy in cold weather by staying perfectly still. We find that if an apple isn't cut in half the blackbirds cannot get at the flesh.

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  6. You folks over there have had a blast of winter, haven't you? But that's a result of global warming, too. I forget the logic but I read it in an article earlier in the fall!

    Meanwhile we are having our usual drab December weather - all greys and browns here.

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    1. You are suggesting that frost and snow are evidence of global warming? I am suggesting that fairies live at the bottom of our garden.

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    2. Yes, and now look what you've done -- you've made me go find the information so I could say I told you so!! There were plenty to choose from so I picked one from the UK.
      https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/climate-change-cold-winters-uk-us-weather-study-1.657530

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    3. You got me Jenny! I am trapped like a deer in the headlights.

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  7. If climate change was true it would mean that all weather extremes would become more extreme and more frequent.
    We are expecting our first heat wave of the season to hit on Thursday. Oh yay, can't wait!

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    1. You will have to get your surfboard out and head for the beach Kylie! Isn't that how all Aussies cool down?

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  8. I'd rather be snuggled up in the warmth and comfort of home during that kind of weather than be roaming out and about.

    Each to their own, of course...we all have our individual ways, and preferences.

    When rainy days hit I have no desire to go out, so I don't. I love rainy days and nights - and I love being home listening to the rain fall upon the roof. There is nothing I need so urgently that I have to go out.

    Weather is weather whether or not...

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  9. By the way....has anyone heard from "Treey"? He's not posted on his blog since October.

    I hope he's okay.

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    1. He did leave a comment on this blog on December 4th. I know that typing a full blogpost is hard work for
      Terry.

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    2. Thank you, Yorkie. I appreciate your response. :)

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  10. "gritting" ? It took a minute to understand gritting. Here, it's sanding. We sometimes have a salt like chemical for ice. It doesn't melt the ice but adheres to the ice so that slipping is controlled.

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    1. In England the term "gritting" is a bit of a misnomer because what the gritters spread on the roads is rock salt.

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