A month ago Aberdeen was in the news because we’d had so much snow, and were experiencing record low temperatures. I posted some pictures here. Since then, until today, we’ve had only a period of three days or so above freezing. And the snow has fallen on many days. I must say, although I lived in Connecticut for five years and Illinois for four years, and have spent time in Montreal and Vermont, this month of snow has been right up there in terms of my winter weather experiences! The older folks are saying that the last time they saw such weather was the winter of 1947. The experts say the last time there was such a cold December in Britain was 1890.
I’ve been doing a lot of walking, as usual with camera in hand, and wanted to share some photos from the past week with you. On Monday the 20th, I took a long walk down into town from higher ground:
The view across Union Terrace Gardens was particularly beautiful, I thought:
On my way home from town, I was very blessed to catch sight of a beautiful rainbow cloud! I’ve seen this phenomenon once before in Aberdeen. I believe it’s caused by ice crystals very high up in the sky:
The next day was very, very cold indeed, and it snowed again. On the 22nd, the last day of school, I went out to deliver Christmas cards and cookies to friends and neighbours. It was about -6C (20F):
That night it snowed again – a lot! This was not in the weather forecast:
We woke up to a bitterly cold day, and at least 5 inches of new snow. I went for two walks that day. In the morning, I went up to the pet shop to buy Tilly her Christmas toys. It was very sparkly, very beautiful, and extremely cold. About -12C (2F), I found out when I got home! No wonder my toes had lost all feeling:
The pet shop was busy, and people were talking about the fact that a robin was living in the Spar shop next door. I was so happy at least one songbird had survived the night – I worry a lot about the little birds in this weather.
The stuffed animals also seem a bit anxious:
The folks at Hammerton Store had used the piles of shovelled snow to make a great Snow Monster:
Just before sunset, about 2:45, Michael and I walked down to see the River Dee. I have never seen it so frozen. Half of the river was iced over, although slowly pushing towards the sea in a long crackly creaking. Further out, there was a slow-moving channel of water:
The sunset was gorgeous:
Christmas Eve was also very cold but not quite so bitter as the day before. I went for another walk, to deliver last-minute presents. The icicles were truly amazing:
And the sunset made the sky to the east a deep pink:
Christmas Day was cold and it snowed just a little bit in the morning. The last snow photo I have for you is a snowman tealight holder, made by the Dafter:
Today it is beginning to thaw – and we are off to the panto!