Spring IS coming!

The weather is very mixed at the moment, but the very cold temperatures are gone for a while although we are still threatened with some snow this month – I’ve no idea if it will actually snow here.  On sunny, clear sky days there is already real warmth in the sun and the greenhouse heats up quickly if I don’t open the door early.  On dull days, like today it doesn’t feel very warm but most days this week the temperatures have reached double figures during the day , dropping by 5 or 6°C at night. Continue reading

Afternoon light in winter

For the past few days the light in the afternoon has been different from the rest of the day and different from other times of year.  As I write on Friday afternoon at 5 pm the wind is blowing a gale and hail is hitting the west and north-west facing windows; it is very nearly dark now.  On Wednesday I managed to brave the cold to take a few photographs. Continue reading

A cold and frosty morning 1st December 2016

Last weekend we walked by Lake Vico, a volcanic lake just south of us.  As we were driving I saw a huge tree covered in red berries – surely not a Holly, but yes that’s what it was.  I have never seen so many berries on a full size Holly in my life.  They say that large numbers of berries mean that the winter will be hard; our forecast has also been predicting that this winter would be colder than average and would begin early. Continue reading

Tuesday View(s)

It is windy today, VERY WINDY.  It is also the coldest it has been since last winter.  At 2 pm it is 4.7°C according to the forecast on my phone.  Having just been for a short walk I’m sure that’s right, especially if the wind chill is factored in.  The wind speed is between 33 and 44 km/hour; almost all the remaining leaves from the trees in the garden are now on the ground. Continue reading