Where did it come from?

This morning, round about 6.35 I opened the curtains and outside it was….

I was shocked. Because nowhere on my weather app did it say anything about us having….

The dilemma was: do I take my bike to work? or should I hoof it instead. I had enough time built into my morning preperations to allow for the extra 15 minutes that are added to my journey if I walk to work, but had to make a decision very quickly. It was evident that others had faced a similar dilemma.

I however decided to add my footprints to those already on the cyclepath and take some pics while I was about it . These are taken with my phone though and not my camera.

Fortunately it was not too cold although my hands were like blocks of ice as I kept on having to remove my gloves to take pics. Brrrrr

This field sees so many variations in ground cover. From rampant cobwebs and grass with assorted weeds to an all enveloping covering of dirty brown water when it floods. Then everything dies off and we are left with this dry foliage that occasionally sees the all embracing white snow. Theoretically  Spring sprung on the 2oth of March and we haven’t seen much of it, although when the sun does pay us a visit it becomes quite exciting.  The last time i had seen snow this late in the year had been in March 2018 so this is a record for me.  Finally exiting the cycle path area I found that Northway Road was clear of snow. It is probable that the latent heat from the tar had melted the covering of snow, helped by the many vehicles travelling along the road. I could have taken my bike but then I would have missed the beauty.

A quick cut through the one alley and I was on the former railway line path and even it was clear. The sun was frantically signalling that it wanted to shine and I spotted it in the distance.

That’s Sol to the right of the tree, and just in case you don’t know it “The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, heated to incandescence by nuclear fusion reactions in its core, radiating the energy mainly as visible light and infrared radiation.  Its diameter is about 1.39 million kilometres or 109 times that of Earth. Its mass is about 330,000 times that of Earth, and accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. Roughly three quarters of the Sun’s mass consists of hydrogen (~73%); the rest is mostly helium (~25%), with much smaller quantities of heavier elements, including oxygen, carbon, neon, and iron.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun).

Last week those snow covered branches were bright with blossoms, the sign of new growth all around. Today they looked like popcorn, but without the salt and associated movie.  This afternoon they will probably be back to normal and by the time i get home there will be nothing to show for this last burst of Winter. It was fun while it lasted though, something to cheer me up and remind me that in the midst of this pandemic nature carries on. I enjoyed this brief burst of white, tomorrow normal service will resume.

Thank you and good night. 

  DRW © 2021. Created 12/04/2021

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Rest in Peace: Prince Philip

On Friday 09/04/2021, the people of the United Kingdom heard that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had passed away. He had spent a considerable time in hospital recently and at the age of 99 his health was in a steady decline. The newspapers are full of tributes and anecdotes about the man that had shadowed the Queen for so many years, and most praise his steadfastness and patient loyalty to the monarch.  

Born on the island of Corfu, he had a successful career in the Royal Navy,  serving during the second World War. He married the Queen in 1947 and they were together for over 7 decades.  It has been said that he spent his last days sitting in the sun on a chair outside with a rug over his legs. Often he would nod off. 

Outpourings of grief have been widespread but there are those who have expressed joy that he has died. Sadly this divisiveness has been a major feature in the UK for quite some time and we may see much more of it before and after his funeral on the 17th of April. Due to covid restrictions his funeral will take place from St George’s Chapel  in Windsor Castle. His coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault beneath the chapel and when the Queen dies, it will be transferred to the King George VI memorial chapel to lie alongside his wife of 73 years. 

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