Cold and Colderer

Every time it has got colder this autumn (although surely it must be winter by now, no?) I think ah, yes, this is what it means to be cold. What I thought was cold before was mere chilliness, a slight nip in the air, no more than brisk autumn weather. Now it is really, properly cold. This is what winter is really all about…

…and then it gets colder again. Now last night, that really was properly cold. A fine, dry night floodlit by the moon which meant I cycled home from choir with my shadow running faintly beside me but blimey it was cold. I had failed to tuck my trousers into my socks and the chill started at my ankles and went deep into my bones. It was too cold to cycle fast because of the wind and too cold to cycle slowly and I got home shivering and grateful for the fire. And then today in the garden, my fingers didn’t so much go numb as feel as though someone had hit them with a hammer and the laundry all but freeze-dried on the line. This is cold, I thought. This is what winter feels like…

… and then I remembered that last winter there were days when I wasn’t able to get a fork in the ground and the river all but froze over and I wouldn’t have ventured out anywhere without longjohns tucked into two pairs of socks, cycling or not cycling. And I’ve decided I’d better just put another log in the stove and settle down to enjoy this balmy autumn weather while it lasts…

11 Responses to Cold and Colderer

  1. Dom says:

    At least this year you have a wood burning stove to warm yourself in front of.

  2. disgruntled says:

    true. I think I might even have been so misguided as to suggest I was looking forward to a cold snap to test it out as well….

  3. WOL says:

    Currently here at nearly midnight it’s 26F(-3.3C) and supposed go down to a low of 17F(-8.3C) but the sun was out today and there was only a little wind. Since the humidity is currently 31%, I doubt we will have much if any frost tomorrow morning. I need to sew the leather soles on my “sock footies” — thick hand-knitted socks with thin leather soles. I may need to root about in my scrap yarn drawer and see if I can find something appropriate to make another pair.

  4. Lec says:

    It’s not really cold till you are standing in a deeper than anticipated drift of snow with a hole in your wellies! Bet you are loving the wood-burner.

  5. I’m posting this from NW Wales (I can see Snowdon!) and there is snow on the sky.
    This could be the start of a long winter…

  6. disgruntled says:

    WOL – I have sheepskin slippers (complete with wool). Not particularly stylish, but I’ve not had any chilblains since I got them.
    Lec – snow forecast tonight! The woodburner is great, until it’s your turn to go out and fetch more wood in the dark and cold…
    DM – don’t say that … it’s just a cold snap, right?

  7. Winter arrived this morning, a good three inches of it all soggy and wet. Annoying thing is it’ll look loovely in pictures.

  8. John Gibson says:

    Is it time to invest in some skates?

  9. disgruntled says:

    Andy – no snow yet…
    John – we were looking at the pond this afternoon, but it’s a bit fragile at the moment.

  10. Ruaraidh says:

    Worst I had last year was standing in a forest in the Alsace for a day boar/deer hunting in -15C. Standing stock still for 2-3hours at a time in that temperature when every bone in your body is telling you to stamp your feet and warm yourself up is hard.

    Makes the resulting venison feast seem all the more worth it!! Nearly snowed here last night, just a thin dusting and -3 outside in the morning. I think the cold snap is probably my fault: I bolted winter tyres on both cars last weekend….

  11. disgruntled says:

    I’d have thought winter tyres might have triggered a nice thaw … obviously the weather gods are on your side

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