It must be spring!
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Thursday, 8 March 2007
After the big thaw yesterday, we were surprised when we got up to find it was snowing! I guess the weather can be just as unpredictable here as in the UK. It didn't last long though and was followed by sleet and general greyness. However we went for our usual walk to collect the post. I took a photo of the lake which appears to be thawing.
Then the half mile walk back up our track
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
Minor roads and driveways are slushy making walking difficult at times. As your foot presses down it slips down further into the snow. If it froze it would make all the roads trecherous, but that is unlikely. The forecast is for above freezing, at least for the next few days, making it quite balmy in comparison to how it's been.
The snow still clings to the roof of the barn which has original tiles.
I noticed the other day that the snow was starting to melt in a line across the garden. That line has become more distinct now leaving banks of snow either side untouched. Because temperatures can get so low here, (we have experienced -20) the water pipes have an electric cable attached to them to stop the pipes from freezing. The ground can freeze up to 1.70 metres underground. I think I know where these pipes run!
Monday, 5 March 2007
Then of course there are the icicles.
A sign of spring perhaps?
Thursday, 1 March 2007
But not this year! February 2007 has flown by. Where it's gone I don't know, but there's still snow and ice around and maybe that's why I haven't noticed February come and go so quickly!
Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
We didn't realise there was one so close to us.
It is manned by volunteers.
He had a lovely calm confident manner about him.
He skied from top to bottom with his dad following behind keeping an eye on him.
The water is not frozen here as it is a channel under the road from one lake to another.
There are 5 lakes in our area all inter connected to one another.
The largest of which is the one closest to us and is about 10 miles long.
Sunday, 28 January 2007
Saturday, 27 January 2007
We walked up the track to the top of the hill some 500 metres. Once at the top we were able to look out over the frozen lake below. It's surprising how big the village is. In the dark with the street and house lights on it's easy to see how big an area it covers. Looking down across the lake and the twinkling lights of the village, I could have been forgiven for thinking I was in the Med somewhere. Only the temperature told me otherwise. Sweden is full of surprises!
We felt a walk was needed. At sometime or other this afternoon/evening all three stoves have been lit and the house is now like an oven. The insulation in Swedish houses is far superior to any other houses I've been in, and no draughts! In the UK when the children were young I would always be saying'shut the door!'
Today the sun has shone which has thrown long shadows across the sparkly snow. The lawn at the front of the house, which is free from human footsteps, looks like a sea of snow. I tried to take some artistic photos of it all. But I'm not very good at getting the photos that I see in my minds eye, and instead of producing something artistic it turns out pretty ordinary. I'll have to practice more!
Friday, 26 January 2007
So we bought the skis, cross country variety. The only ones worth having according to our long standing Swedish friend. However Mike's not so keen, not fast enough or exciting enough for him. Me, I made a track to ski down on the road outside our house, (it's really a track, a gravel road). I managed to get a bit of speed going as it was down hill and it felt good. But then the snow plough came, so that was the end of that! Just as well I had gone in by then, I haven't learned how to stop yet! I think we will be trying out our skis at the cross country skiing track a couple of miles down the road. I think I will ask our long standing Swedish friend's wife for some tips. She cross country skis regularly.
Well if I don't post now I won't know how it looks and if I'm doing it right.