Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Snow on Snow on Snow

For those closed in by the cold and ice here you can gaze at the Rome of the early 18th century portrayed in prints and water colours.  A piece of the  grand tour for a winter's day.


dearieme said...

A friend has gone off to the shops to stock up before the panic buying sets in.

Hm. I can remember the winter of 1963.

hatfield girl said...

It seems that if there is wind (and oh, is there wind) to blow the snow off the olive trees then they will survive. If there is glacial still air freezing it onto the branches then they will all die as they did in 1986.

I've been hoping for the wrong thing. Best to hope it all just stops really, Dearieme. Stocking up is good but we're well past that; now it's gritting the teeth (and every flat surface outside the building) every morning to face another flat, white glare of a freezing day.

I'm told the wolves are down, poor creatures, though I wouldn't go to the ecohouse and risk meeting one, not for all the fresh veg in the world.

Jeff Wood said...

Well today, the 9th, the wind has finally dropped here in west central Tuscany, thank the Lord. Joy would be unconfined if the water had not gone off here in this hillside village.

Dunno about wolves, but when I walked the dog up the hill this morning, a large number of animals had clearly spent the night in the snow on my usual exercise ground at an old windmill. I often think of the bent backs and straining oxen who used to carry grain up and flour down.

Anyway, I decided the sleepers were probably boar, who had hoped the hunting season was over, and it was safe to come down from 3,000 feet to 1,500.

Dearieme, I too remember 1963, and my Dad recalls 1947. We both prefer warming.

Chief of men said...

reminds me of hatfield town centre after thatcher/brown had finished with it.

Michel d'Anjou said...

With respect Chief, Hatfield Town Centre was never up there with Bedford Park, Letchworth or Brentham! It was never going to regenerate itself.

Anonymous said...

1986? When it comes to Tuscan olive trees I believe you mean 1985? and 1986 hurt the surviving ones too.

If it happens again, cut them off at ground level and they will probably re-sprout.

Chief of men said...

Michel.In order to understand the significance of my comments you must of visited hatfield town centre recently.they have commenced knocking bits down.(should you visit remember a spare set of wheels)