Tuesday, 30 November 2010

It's "Snow" joke this weather

It's "Snow" joke this weather, I walked the dog just before first light and there was just a light powdery dusting. Returned home and had breakfast - half-a-hour later I look out of the window at a blizzard and two inches already on the floor!              Global warming - what global warming.

We watched a large almost full grown cygnet trying to climb up an icy bank yesterday. He kept getting about half way up and then sliding back onto the ice. - He was very persistent, but he eventually gave up after a while - So I suppose its "Swan" mistake he will not make again when he grows up!

The marina is all iced in and the boats with stoves all have curls of smoke rising. Everyone is doing their best to keep their boats snug and warm. As we don't live-aboard I am having to make regular trips to light the stove to warm the boat through. For peace of mind I have to check that everything is OK.  We have an Alde central heating boiler as a back-up which I have set to the 5C frost setting to keep the cold at bay. I have also installed a couple of those tubular heaters on mains thermostats as a back-up, back-up to the stove and central heating boiler. I am now on the lookout for a couple of furnace bricks that can be warmed through on the stove and then transferred around the boat and placed on skillets for more localised instant heating. 

A tree with one almost lost trunk from the strong winds a week or two previous to the snow which fell.  - Creative Commons Licence -  Copyright Pam Brophy 

Whilst doing a search of the Internet, for a nice wintery photo (as above) to illustrate the blog. Sometimes the search engine will throw up people with names that seem fit the search and sometimes even the season.

Meet, to Marina Snow, she is founder and CEO of Eve Italia and now is the Bailo for the Venice Foundation here is her blog.

If you want to view some amazing photographs, click on the National Geographic's

National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture. Collected below are 47 images from the three categories of People, Places and Nature. Captions were written by the individual photographers. (47 photos total)
 Later ......

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