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Thursday, 20 December 2007

Hardy Perennials


Here is a photograph of my garden taken at about 11.30 this morning. It's absolutely flippin' freezing here and it's been like it all week, though I think it warmed up very slightly for a couple of hours on Tuesday. Yesterday Bob went out to get a few provisions. When he got back he looked quite blue, then went pink as the warmth in here hit him and made his hands all a tingle. This is what winter should be like. It should punch you in the face. Wake you up. Invigorate.

I can't remember a winter in which the temperature dropped so low for such a sustained length of time. Normally here it's dank and gloomy and makes me want to do nothing but sleep. Now it's bright and sparkly and crisp. You have to wrap yourself in layers and don scarves and hats, and wear sunglasses. That's a real winter. And it feels so Christmasy. It makes me want to hear carols and toast muffins on an open fire. And read Dickens whilst wearing velvet.

All we need now is snow.

15 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

Took 10 minutes to scrape the ice off the car to take stuff to the dump this afternoon. It hasn't got above freezing all day. Of course our North American cousins will be wondering what the fuss is all about...

PI said...

Your garden- for some reason makes me giggle. so useful to have a hammock when its freezing:)
Please hold off the snow till we have completed the journey.
Happy healthy Christmas and 2008!

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ I can't remember the last time I used my car let alone the last time I had to scrape ice off it. But tomorrow I have to use it to take Bob to his sporadic job as a paintball marshall. I guess I'll have to give myself a ten minute head start.

Pat ~ I probably should have tidied up a bit before taking the picture. Moved the frozen bath robe from the table, that sort of thing!

Carole said...

I do like winter the way you describe it. It is that way a lot in Montana, although not as much in Missouri. In Montana it is hard to believe in Global Warming. In Missouri it's as easy as pie.

Dave said...

If you want an invigorating winter, come visit us in Canada. Hopefully your days will become milder. First time to your blog. Have a great holiday season. :-)

Dr Maroon said...

It's not a cold winter in Scotland until you feel the snotters up your nose freezing. (11 year cycle)

Southern softy.

Your garden is an aesthetically pleasing disgrace. Wouldn't like to stumble out there in the dark for a pee. (it can happen sometimes, at parties and the like)

Eryl Shields said...

Carole ~ I love these cold snaps, we don't get them for long enough these days. I remember in the winters of my childhood being knee deep in snow for much of the time.

Dave ~ I would love to visit Canada, it's on my list of top ten must visits while I can still walk. Lovely of you to stop by. Happy holidays to you too.

Doc ~ Glad you find my shambles aesthetically pleasing. I've lived in Scotland for 24 years and that hasn't happened to me yet, I must manage to nip over the border at just the right time.

Mary Witzl said...

It's so cold here that I haven't been outside the house in 48 hours! I went out to get wood for the fire and when I saw that the stairs were glazed with a fine, glossy film of ice, I got cold feet, literally and figuratively, and let discretion take the better part of valor. I wonder what our garden looks like, especially all the tools that I've left out... I never even finished raking up all of the leaves.

Kanani said...

I wish it were cold. I would love the weather you're having. It gives definition to the year, which is sorely lacking here where the weather is homogenous and weather reports are a joke!
Today, I was in the front yard stringing up lights. I went inside to get a hat because the sun was so strong and it was hot!

Carole said...

Merry Christmas and have a very blessed and happy 2008.

Kim Ayres said...

Merry Christmas Eryl

Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Have a lovely Christmas, Eryl. Wishing you all good things for the new year too.d

Eryl Shields said...

Mary ~ It has warmed up considerably today, but it is still quite chilly. I'm holding out for a white Christmas. Hope your party went well. Sorry I did't make it. Have a lovely crimbo.

Carole ~ You are a darling, best wishes to you too.

Kanani ~ Jeez!

Kim ~ Thamks love X

Sam ~ I hope your bar flows with Baileys and cream and you find your own during 2008.

debra said...

so good to have found you, Eryl. It's cold here in NE Ohio, though not as cold as last weekend, when we had an amazing ice storm.
It's pretty cool wishing someone a Merry Christmas Day on Christmas eve. Kind of like having your cake and eating it too.

Eryl Shields said...

Debra ~ Hello, it's good to have been found! Sorry I didn't reply to you sooner. I will come over to your blog right now. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

An ice storm, I don't think I've ever experienced one of those!