I can never remember, it has large, pale blue feet paddling below the surface. It’s smart black body is decorated bu a white crest and beak. Swimming through the cold grey blue water of the lake. Luckily they sell duck food but all the birds are hungry at this time of year.
Paddling along, looking for food, trying to survive the winter.
But don’t get excited! It’s wet and about an inch deep. But something we were going to tonight has been cancelled because of it.
Meanwhile over in Europe this week the snow fell so heavily that roofs have collapsed and people have been killed in avalanches.
Britain is situated in the Atlantic ocean in the gulf stream. We only rarely have a lot of snow so we are a bit out of practice with it. No one puts snow chains on car tyres, we don’t possess snow shoes, and the only time skis are worn is when people go up to the (mainly) Scottish mountains in the middle of winter.
Anyway an inch of snow is the most we have had so far this year. If it’s pretty in the morning I will take better photos.
I was looking out of the window and the sky was so yellow I knew it was going to snow. I don’t know why I know that but there is a certain tinge it takes on when the snow is coming.
I looked out later and indeed big white flakes of feathery snow were falling, mixed in with a cold rain.
The cats are curled up and warm and I’ve got an extra heater on and I’m sitting here with my hot water bottle (for my bad back). I’m huddling, watching the sleet and wondering if I should go out shopping. Life goes on.
These are two more boards that I’m painting for the Penkhull panto. This time I have black boards to paint on and it’s taking a lot of paint! I think the acrylic paints I used are a bit too thin. The colour seems to sink in, not float on the surface so that they won’t show up as well on the stage. I’m going to get some stronger paint for next week with more pigment and less filler in them.
These two took a while to paint and it was very cold in the hall. I’m ready for some warm food and a rest.
“Brrrr it is getting cold in here” she said. “Put the little oil heater on”. ‘yeah, ok’…
“I’ll have to put my jumper on”…
Half an hour later, “that heater isn’t doing much, and you have had the oven on to bake a loaf. Is the central heating working?” ‘ow yes, the radiator is hot…..’ “so why is it so cold in here?” ‘I don’t know?!’
Half an hour later. ‘I’m just going to water the plants upstairs’…
‘er I think I know why it’s cold….?’
‘I left the window open’
‘I’ve shut it now’
I’ve been woken after two hours sleep by a headache. My shoulders are also aching and my nose feels stuffed up. I thought I was doing remarkably well to avoid the festive lurgy that lurks at this time of year, but maybe not.
Two paracetamol and a cup of warm decaff coffee is all I can take to ward off this possible cold. I won’t say it’s worse than that because I don’t know yet… .
If I start snuffling or sneezing or even coughing I shall know then….
Going back to sleep. Night all.