Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

When I stepped outside to take some photographs of the ice which had been accreting on all the foliage, it was near 4:00 p.m. and the light was already fading. At that point it all looked very much like the the photos I took last January. But with even the slightest stirring of the air, the sound was startling. A breeze would set off an eerie sort of tinkling as the frozen droplets broke free of twigs and branches, then scattered against the icy foliage below. A slightly stronger gust of wind changed the musical sound of the icy bits falling, into a cascade, punctuated by the sound of small branches breaking and crashing to the ground. All of this was hours before the worst of the storm was expected to peak.

We have electrical power and therefore heat and running water. We’re safe and warm inside our home, which happily has a brand new roof keeping out the elements. So with the temperature still hovering just below the freezing point, all is well.


dancingmorganmouse said...

I join you in frightful weather, it's been raining for days and days - not cold enough for pretty ice decorations though.

Nana Fi said...

"the weather outside is frightful, let it snow let it snow let it snow" ..... that was the song that came to mind when I saw your heading lol.... hope it has improved by now.

Kate said...

To Pink Granite Readers:
Hi there- Lee asked me to leave a post to let everyone know that her area has been hit pretty hard with the New England ice storm this week, and they are without power, running water and sometimes, depending on how the wind blows, phone service.

They are doing fine, although I am not sure what the boredom estimate might be for them without TV, internet etc. as I know I'd only have a 6 hour window at best before tearing my hair out.

Because so many lost power (topping 1 million in New England) it may be days before their service is back. They say hello and will be back on the air soon. Think warm thoughts!-- Kate

PS: to get a true sense of the unbeleiveable damage, visit here:

Lailaa said...

Wow, the storm wreaked havoc. Hope Lee & co. regain their power and other necessities shortly... Thinking warm thoughts indeed! Hugs, xx

Roo said...

Warm thought heading their way - Roo x

dancingmorganmouse said...

wishihg a little of our hot westerly winds your way Lee.

Pink Granite said...

Hi All -
Thank you for your warm, warm wishes!
Fiona, that was the song in my mind as I typed the title!
Special thanks to Kate for providing the perfect update. You can see why she had a column in her college newspaper!
- Lee