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Winter 2019-2020
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:03:02 PM »
Brrrrr.... A nice thread to talk about our winter this year.

Last weekend my Facebook was filled with snow dusting pictures from local friends (I was away down in England) this past weekend and I've been scraping cars and having to defrost the chickens' water this week.

 Going to be a cold night for the guisers who are oot and aboot getting their sweets!

 Brrr. Been freezing fog all day, still very cold now!!
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 07:06:04 PM »
I wish they'd stop by here!  We have jack-o-lanterns in all the windows, but there are no kids going trick-or-treating out there.  :(  This is our "big" holiday of the year, so it's kind of sad that we're Halloween Town inside the flat, and there's nothing outside. (I got some candy I like, just in case someone comes to the door. If not, it's mine!)

It's been very cold when I have gotten up for the last several days. I have the heat set to come on at 8:30, and have been waking up around 6:30. I listen to the BBC for a while and then eventually get out of bed, go to the kitchen and put the kettle on. I've been seeing frost on all the rooftops, looking down the lane from up here. The thermometer on the window has been registering at freezing for the last several days. (Sometimes I'm glad I don't have to go out to work, but that I can have a cup of tea and watch the traffic going by instead, out there where it's cold!)


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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2019, 08:22:18 AM »
Got about 20 kids last night out guising.  Some terrible jokes and hubby just about ran out of sweets, because he was too generous  ;D
(I was at band practise, so couldn't 'supervise' ,hahaha)

Sorry you don't get any Nan.   :\\\'(
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 11:49:16 AM »

Same here, probably about 20 trick or treaters.

I guess I'm the only one that listens to the Archers, but last night's episode was about trick or treat and it was note for note perfect about what British people think about Halloween.  The same old crazy ideas : The kids are asking for money, it's blackmail because if you don't give them candy they will do a trick on you, if the kids haven't "made an effort" with their costumes then they don't deserve candy.....

None of those things make any sense and certainly weren't part of any Halloween I ever celebrated.  And of course, it ended with how terrible it was that the kids got all these ideas from America, which is infuriating because none of that has anything to do with American Halloween. 


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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2019, 10:38:40 AM »
I hate when the young scallies (i.e. townies, chavs etc) turn up on Halloween and just don a mask and expect some stuff.

Had a group of three turn up and one with a haunted clown mask. He said 'am i scary looking?' in a cocky attitude. I said you'll be better off scaring people with your mask off. Proceeds with his two friends going 'ohhhhhhh' with no comeback. Highlight of my Halloween evening.

I went to the Festival of Lights last night in Liverpool. Fantastic syncronised fireworks all along the River Mersey. Was great! Local park on Tuesday for Bonfire Night
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2019, 09:06:10 PM »
We had lots of fireworks nearby this weekend, glad my cat isn't fussed by them. But I don't think there are any displays actually on Bonfire night.

I had to scrape ice on my car last week. It was super foggy over any canals/rivers on my way home tonight (that of course included a detour because of an accident on the M3), and I am definitely not looking forward to it being even darker earlier!

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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2019, 08:12:24 AM »
It was like a war zone outside last night.  :(  Some idiot bought one of those "multi-pack" fireworks that you light and it sends up shells that explode, very much like the professional ones. They shot it off maybe 40 feet from the back of our block, so they were wizzing by the kitchen window at a dangerously close distance. I'm sure the people on the higher floors were thrilled. (NOT) We could hear the dogs in the building howling and whining.....

The Daughter was out for a while and walking home she said she and a friend (also from the SoCal) would jump and have little addrenaline rushes when the little "one-shot" fireworks would go off - too many years living in places with real gunfire, I guess.  Thankfully nobody threw anything at them as they were walking on the street this year.

There were sirens most of the evening as fire trucks were barreling down the road at the end of the lane.

I ~hate~ bonfire night.  >:(


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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2019, 08:49:03 AM »
There was a huge debate on our local community facebook group yesterday about fireworks and setting them off.  People were getting quite angry with each other. 

The latch to the chicken coop was frozen this morning.  Cold temps and sleet/snow forecast for this weekend (and cold temps next week), Brr, seems like winter is wanting to make itself known this year! 
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2019, 10:12:48 AM »
Yeah, when I rolled out of bed this morning the heat had not come on yet and the kitchen floor was pretty chilly. Window thermometer said it was in the 30Fs outside.

Was out yesterday for a while - we walked a few miles - and there was a definite bite in the air that said winter is coming. I should have had all the heavy comforters to the laundromat and back already, but I'm running late this year with it. Nice to have a lot of quilts on a cold night.  ;D

Your poor chickens! Do they have a little heater in there to keep them warm? [I have always wanted to have a few chickens, but haven't lived anywhere that I could do that. Someday....]


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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2019, 01:17:30 PM »
No heaters for the chooks, they're little heat boxes themselves and temperature swings (from hot to cold outside) aren't good for them. 
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2019, 01:23:09 PM »
Yeah, I guess they are kind of walking around in insulation, aren't they?  :D


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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2019, 08:19:05 AM »
And there is the fluffy white stuff from the sky - falling thick right now
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2019, 08:34:05 AM »
Snowed overnight. Thick and froze on the car, so it was heavy going car scraping this morning!
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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2019, 01:10:55 PM »
I wish we got snow here but it always passes us by in Cambridgeshire. This was my moms house last week in America I miss it!


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Re: Winter 2019-2020
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2019, 02:00:24 PM »
What I miss most about snow was the silence of it.  You can't hear it, so when you opened your curtains in the morning, it could be a HUGE surprise.  So magical!


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