You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “All the seasons in a day”. Well we’ve had them all in two days – although I am not complaining about the weather, because we’re spared the truly dreadful extremes that other people have. Yesterday in Aberdeen was like being plunged back into winter. There was sleet lashing down and very fierce, icy winds from the north. And do you know what causes these black dots to appear on the hearth?
Hailstones! When they come down the chimney, they get covered with soot, and roll out onto the hearth where they melt. When we first moved here, I was puzzled by their occasional appearance until one day I was near the fireplace when the black hailstones came bouncing down, and the mystery was solved.
I have no other photographic evidence of the wintry day we had yesterday, but The Scotsman has a piece on how the roads in the Cairngorms were closed with the amount of snow that fell.
When I woke up this morning, I was determined to investigate the damage in the garden. And what do you know, not only was it minimal, but we’ve had a beautiful day!
The best thing about today was the Dafter being able to make it outside. Yesterday she was so weak that for the first time she couldn’t get dressed or make it downstairs, which was so very worrying. But the ME loosened its grip a bit today. Here she is – do you like her outfit?
Her boots have wee star studs on the sides.
I staked the peonies, and was delighted to see how well the tulips survived the fierce gales. Aren’t they so beautiful?!
I’m feeling very, very thankful this evening. I’d like to think that isn’t just the effect of the weather… Meanwhile, the days continue to lengthen. At 10:30 at night I can see the chimneys of the houses opposite, silhouetted against a deepening blue sky.
I wish you all a very good weekend. I believe it’s a holiday weekend for my English, Welsh and American cousins – enjoy!