This coldwave which has hit Europe and Madling is something extra-ordinary. No one here can remember it staying so cold for so long. After about two weeks, it’s becoming almost usual for it to be -10 each night. The temperature difference between sun and shade can be extreme. On the sunny side of our house it can read +10, on the shady -10 at the same time. The snow keeps on coming, although we haven’t had the extreme dumps some areas have. Its still our ambition to open the porch door and have to dig out! Its even too deep for riding in some places, what looks ok to ride across can be deep enough to tip up your horse!
Its effect is on us is that we’re probably going to have to order more wood, and of course the increased heating costs. On the body itself, you cease to register the depth of cold, except when your nose hair freezes. Most surprising is that you don’t actually need to wear more, if you have your outside clothing organised in boots, coats and outer trousers. It’s nice to think we need more calories as its cold! But the most effect we’re feeling is tiredness, it really takes it out of you after a while.
Its funny though, sometimes the effects are amazing as ice crystallizes out into the air as warm air hits some cold in the sunlight. I’ve been reading Shackleton’s book of his fated expedition and his accounts of how the light changes in seconds and the mirages and colours make me want to visit the Antarctic with my camera. I’m also reading Rosie Thomas’s ‘Sun at Midnight’ set there too. Is the cold becoming so second nature I wont be able to handle the heat – oh for a chance to try!!!!!!!!