Thursday, January 15, 2009

Winter has us in its clutches


We got some snow about a week ago, enough that Hannah could go sledding once.

There was snow on the ground for a week, people! Right after it snowed, a high pressure system moved in and froze everything.

study window

In Holland, the canals have frozen over, for the first time in like a dozen years, I think I heard. Here in Germany, a lot of the rivers have frozen, bringing ship traffic to a halt. There was a segment on CNN yesterday about ice breakers having to let through coal ships so the power plants have enough fuel.

Even the Neckar has sheets of ice on it. Here’s the collection of photos I took on Tuesday.
not-frozen fountain

Yesterday it snowed for a few hours, adding to the overall whiteness, coldness, and wetness.

Today it warmed up, and the ice on the Neckar broke up into small sheets that look like paving stones. I guess if you weren’t worried about drowning, you could hop, skip, and jump across the river on them.

And so ends the story of my descent into winter madness.

Except I just remembered that even my 5L watering can is full of ice and frozen down to the tiles on the balcony. WHYYYY??? Oh, yeah, because I keep filling it with the run-off from the condensation clothes dryer.

1 comment:

redfox1218 said...

My sister has a "rain barrel" that fills with the water condensation from the AC during the summer! She gets enough water to water the patio plants and her little garden. Thats alot of AC.