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Looking Back and a Question

If you live in the UK you won’t need me to tell you that we have snow. Nor will you need me to mention that 1963 was the year of the Big Freeze when snow and ice covered the land for 3 months. Without this fact, and the fact that this event was half a century ago, the mainstream TV channels would be finding it difficult to fill their air-time.

I can remember the event. (Regular readers will remember that I about 175 years old). It wasn’t as difficult for us as in other parts of the country. Wales and the West was very badly affected. This has been portrayed well by film and commentary from the period, but there is one thing that I remember that has not been mentioned.

My memory is that the snow was so deep that roads became obliterated. It was so difficult to find a way on foot that people walked on hedges. I’m sure this was reported in newspapers of the day. So, my question is….. am I right? Does anyone else remember that? Why hasn’t it been mentioned on TV because that would be a very graphic illustration of the event?

Answers on a postcard…….. or in the comments box below. Sorry, no prizes, and yes, there were three questions in the end……

Have a safe day wherever you are.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons

Winter started with a shout here in the UK. Unwelcome snow, at least as far as I’m concerned. An ideal topic for the new weekly photo challenge, though.  However, the photos I’ve chosen are from earlier this year.

changing seasons 2This photograph was taken shortly after the one below, and from the same room, although from another window.

changing seasons 3Autumn into winter, or spring into summer. Who knows when it will snow?

Just Snaps entry is here, and there are lots more to be found here.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons | Flickr Comments
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  3. Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons | Just Snaps
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  6. Changing Seasons | Empire of Lights
  7. Changing Seasons « Fenland Photos
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  12. Changing Seasons « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
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  15. Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Country Season | Canoe Communications
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons | Ohm Sweet Ohm
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  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons « MaanKind
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons / Philippine Lemon Flower in Bloom « Advocacine’s Blog
  20. Seasons Change « Spirit Lights The Way
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons | Tasagi Designs
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  23. Challenge Photo Hebdo – Les saisons se changent « Paris en photographies
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons « Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
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  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons | The Patient Gardener’s Weblog
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons « britten
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons | Wind Against Current

Weekly photo challenge – Contrast

We all know that roses bloom in June in the UK, when it is warm and sunny.

Oops, got that wrong, didn’t I?  This shows the contrast of Christmas red and green.  The flowers look a little worse for wear in this shot – but they soon perked up once the snow had gone.  (Taken in December)

Further details of the challenge, and lots more entries can be found here.

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Confession time

How long have you been following this blog?  How well do you think you know me?  I’m sure I’ve given a lot away over the last 12 months.  Have you already discovered my biggest weakness?

Today started like any other.  Up early, curtains drawn.  That was a mistake – so dark that I had to turn the lights on anyway.  I might as well have left the curtains closed.  The outside scene, when I peered through the murk, was dreary.  It was raining, and the sky held the promise of more to come.

Breakfast was prepared and eaten, coffee drunk, I perked up a little, started making plans for the day.  Orders to fulfil, post office trip to make, shopping, a little art time, and, of course, anything else that might offer itself as a sidetrack (a sidetrack to the shopping part, by the way….) and then it happened……………………

I knew it was coming, so I shouldn’t have been surprised.  That, however, didn’t prepare me for the feeling of dread that I experienced, and that I always do feel when it happens.  I really don’t know how I would cope if I had to live with it day in and day out, as I know that so many of you do.  Sadly, I know I wouldn’t be able to do it without complaining – just like I am now!  You see, I’m a wimp.  There, I’ve said it.  I’ve confessed.  I’m sorry, but that’s the truth, and if I’ve misled you along the way I apologise.  However, at least you know now, and knowing is being forearmed!

So what was it that provoked such an almighty confession?  What disaster befell our community?

It was a snowflake.

Yes – A SINGLE, SOLITARY SNOWFLAKE.

(Sorry)

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