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Jan 22, 2012 - Weather    No Comments

Ice skating on the river….

The sun was shining and the sky was blue so we decided that we would go for a walk along the trail.  The temperature outside was about -9, but hey ho.  So off we went down to the Creamery where you can pick up the trail.  Before going on to the trail we thought we would take a look at the river from the deck area behind the farmers market.  Some of you may remember the post about Breakfast at the market and will recall seeing the sunny pictures of the river.  Not quite like that today.  The whole river – well nearly all of it- is completely frozen and covered in a layer of snow.

We stood there for a while trying to work out where the bank stated on the other side when we heard voices.  They were coming from down behind the trees on the bank of the river.  We walked down the ramp to the waters (ice) edge and looked up the river.  And what did we see…… 4 people skating on the river….. They were creating a hockey rink for themselves with a snow shovel.  It was the most bizarre thing.  I thought they must be crazy to do something like that – but they were having a whale of a time.

Not something I will be trying myself.


Nov 24, 2011 - Weather    No Comments

Proper Snow

Yesterday (23rd Nov) we woke up to a temperature of -10 outside.  The weather people had said that it was due to snow around lunchtime, but with a temperature of -10 it seemed unlikely.  As the day progressed it did warm slightly.  At 11.30 it was up to -1 – so almost tropical.  And then the flakes came down – only very tiny but they were there.  (why can’t the UK weather people be that accurate 🙂 )

We were up at the house site when it started to snow, the tiny flakes, and by the time we got back to the village it was really coming down.  The weather team had said to expect between 15 and 30 cms and they weren’t wrong.  By 3 o clock that afternoon we had a good 3 inches (maybe a little more) on the ground and the temperature had dropped to minus 5, but it still kept snowing.

Having been told that in Winter you have to get out there and embrace it – enjoy the winter months – we donned 3 layers, a coat, hat, gloves and scarf and went for a walk down the trail.  Given how cold it was (and how much I love the cold…) I actually enjoyed it.  By the time we got back the ends of my hair were full of ice crystals.

Today we went up to the site to see if our builder had managed to get up to the site.  And he had.  There was a fair bit of snow on the drive but he had managed to get his truck through OK.  The snow was pretty deep in places around the site – over the top of my wellies at times.  He told us that it took 2 hours to clear the snow from the inside of the house.  He also had to clear the driveway so as the cement truck could get up there 🙂

Although it is freezing, and you have to wear 5 layers, it is actually very pretty when the snow has fallen.  Some of the views around the area in the snow make you forget just how cold it is out there.