Friday, 18 January 2013

Change of Weather !

We woke up this morning to about 5 inches of snow, and now we have freezing fog!

Well at least it isn't raining :-)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Nature's Oddities

Everyone knows that Nature is a strange and wonderful thing, but one of the strangest things I've seen in a long time popped up on one of my recent walks whilst trying to miss the rain - yes, its still raining !

Trudging along a muddy track near home I noticed that one of the banks appeared to have a white, frosty-looking covering, but only on part of it. 

Very strange, and even though we've had some overnight frosts recently, I just couldn't understand why just part of the bank ?  Now look closer....

Layers and layers of spiders' webs covering the bank for several metres - can you imagine how long it took to create this ?  As we have no monster spiders in this part of the world and the ones you normally see outside are not a lot bigger than a money spider, this is quite a an achievement in my book !

NB - The big, black, hairy spiders prefer to be inside terrorising humans :-)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Just One Word !

If you were to sum up 2012 in just one word - what would yours be ?

Mine would have to be 'WET' as it started raining in May, and it hasn't
 stopped for very long all year.  Every month we heard reports of  the wettest month since records began and every month it continued to rain, but - 'WET' hasn't given up even now in 2013 as it is still raining!

Those of you who follow my Blog know that I spend lots of hours walking along the Nantes to Brest canal, and you've seen photos of still waters reflecting banks lined with trees - well,  now look at it .  White water rafting anyone ?

Last time we were at this same spot we walked along by the trees now growing out of a mini lake, today we had to use the roadway.

 Bear in mind that the towpath is normally some 2-3 feet above the canal.

Bad news for us, but these guys didn't mind !

Thankfully there were no boats around, as I don't quite know what would have happened if these lock gates needed to open as they are barely holding the water back as it is !

Luckier than many people all over Europe,  this is the only flooding we've had to contend with but now you understand why my one word to describe 2012 is 'WET' !