This winter seems to be going through all the tedious evolutions of which a winter is capable. We had snow (O did we have snow). We had Very Cold Mud. We had fog, and its peculiarly Scottish cousin, haar. We had temperatures, at intervals, down to twenty(C) below. We had, briefly, a flood, before Hero Barnyards sorted out the exit-point of the burn. Now we have Ice. I will admit it is not mast high or the size of Luxembourg but I’ve never seen ice quite like it. We have achieved something very like permafrost. It wasn’t at all cold today (Miss Kit rashly went out and refused to come in, since I was off to the Vinegar Works and the Professor going to Turra for a haircut, she remained out for an hour or so by which time she heartily regretted it). But there’s nothing resembling melt. The track is like an ice-rink. Having walked back from the bus, what I found rather more disconcerting was that beneath the stubble, which provided a certain amount of traction, even the field was like an ice-rink. Further up the hill, the Professor tells me every single stubble-stalk is armoured in ice. It really is strange, even eerie. I do hope my Chusan palm isn’t dead. It’s supposed to tolerate extreme low temperature, as also my moutans, but it’s not looking well. A problem for the spring…

3 Responses to “Ice”

  1. Eleanor Says:

    Haar? Sounds like something we might have here in the North Carolina mountains. At present, we have sun AND snow flurries at the same time, which as far as I know, doesn’t have a particularly name, but which certainly deserves one! Careful walking - I fell Christmas night and cracked a couple of ribs.

  2. The Man From Maryport Says:

    I thought the SI base unit of measurement for Ice was a Wales? Icebergs always seem to be the size of Wales. Except for the really big ones, which are the size of France. Presumably 10 Luxembourgs = 1 Wales, and 100 Waleses = 1 France.

  3. Jane Says:

    There was some stuff in the papers last year about an iceberg the size of Luxembourg calving off one of the Antarctic glaciers, which was all set to disrupt southern hemisphere weather patterns. Ask a Queenslander if you think it did.

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