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the Winter Thread 2010

This is a discussion on the Winter Thread 2010 within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; There is chaos in travel in UK - all London airports closed and flights cancelled ...

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    Default The winter in UK - worst on record ?

    There is chaos in travel in UK - all London airports closed and flights cancelled for two days now - two of the busiest in the year too. Apparently they can clear a runway including de-icing to make it safe for take-off, but it takes so long to de-ice the aeroplanesto be safe to fly that the runway needs de-icing again, and they just can't keep up. Thank goodness we are not scheduled to go anywhere other than to relatives for our Christmas lunch, and we have enough stocks in the freezer and larder to be quite safe and well-fed if we can't travel - but that is still almost a a week away , but it won't surprise me ( or worry me ! ) if I get to spend an hour or two with my orchids on Christmas day because we can't safely drive.
    The newspapers this Sunday before Christmas , suggest that tonight will see all weather records broken in UK with a forecast low of minus 26.5 C - which co-incidentally, according to my mental arithmetic is (also) minus 26 but F as well as C. This I hasten to say in the Northern Scottish Glens. Here on the South coast of England, a mile from the sea which has an enormous modifying effect , minus 4 or 5 C is likley, although inland a few miles like the nearest town to the north of me ( 7 miles away) it is regularly 3,4 or 5 degrees Centrigade colder in winter, and the same amount warmer in the summer, for the same reason, the effect of the sea.
    So although they have had 20 cm ( 8 inches) of snow some 20 miles away ( where we hope to be for Christmas day) and maybe several feet by now in the north of England, here are a couple of pictures showing (all) the snow we have had... so far here - my garden in December 2010.
    The orchid house extends behind the trellis where the winter jasmine was a sea of yellow flowers before the snow came, and the Wisteria is full of buds, waiting for a little late winter sunshine... just as I am.
    Merry Christmas, all dear orchid friends !
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    Saw the news on TV and how snow-bound Europe is at the moment. Glad to see the heating is ok in your greenhouse and so the orchids must be ok too.

    Anyway here's wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    Thanks for sharing all those winter photos for us in the tropics to enjoy. Love the squirrels, birds and the garden photos. Thanks a zillion again everybody. Keep em comin'..

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    Sweet bird pics, Branka! Love the blue on the blue tit.

    The big tit looks very similar to one of ours that is commonly called a black-capped chickadee. Out of curiosity, what is the temperment like of the big tit? The black-capped chickadees tend to be incredibly bold little devils.

    Geez, for us, Geoff, that would be considered a merely moderate snowfall. LOL! Hope everything stays okay in your greenhouse.

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    Paul - black-capped chickadee belongs to the tit family too and here we have some more representatives of this family. They are common song birds, quite timid and fast. When we're feeding them, they're waiting at a distance, then follows quick fly, take a grain and fly away. I'm observing their behavior while feeding them, sometimes it happens that a bird with its wings covered seeds that can not be seen from the others...
    Yew - I've got the most common traveler's lens 18-200. To take a pictures of animals means waiting. Many of my photographs were without the birds - before I did the focus they've already flown away

    In this cold weather we can not stay for a long time, after an hour of freezing we reward ourself with a hot mulled wine - today was hellish cold, we were planning to go towards our mountains, but it was -20°C (-4°F), so I stayed at home and baked coocies for the upcoming holidays
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    All winter wonderland photos! I especially like the avenue of trees covered in snow. Here in New Mexico at 5400 feet we still get very minimal snow each winter. February can see highs in the 60's F. or even 70's F.. High temperature today around sixty degrees F. Sure helps keep the heating bill down.

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    I haven't photographed any snow scenes yet, but we have record numbers of winter visiting birds. Waxwings are an erruptive species from northern regions that are all over the UK at the moment. Whooper Swans have reached 2000 birds at my local Wildfowl and Wetlands centre. They come mainly from Iceland. The Sparrowhawk is a resident though, this one was trying to catch a meal at my bird feeding station in the garden.
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    It has been cold but not much snow to talk about. We had an angel fall from the sky the other day on my driveway. I missed her but caught her impression in the morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    There is chaos in travel in UK - all London airports closed and flights cancelled for two days now - two of the busiest in the year too. Apparently they can clear a runway including de-icing to make it safe for take-off, but it takes so long to de-ice the aeroplanesto be safe to fly that the runway needs de-icing again, and they just can't keep up. Thank goodness we are not scheduled to go anywhere other than to relatives for our Christmas lunch, and we have enough stocks in the freezer and larder to be quite safe and well-fed if we can't travel - but that is still almost a a week away , but it won't surprise me ( or worry me ! ) if I get to spend an hour or two with my orchids on Christmas day because we can't safely drive.
    The newspapers this Sunday before Christmas , suggest that tonight will see all weather records broken in UK with a forecast low of minus 26.5 C - which co-incidentally, according to my mental arithmetic is (also) minus 26 but F as well as C. This I hasten to say in the Northern Scottish Glens. Here on the South coast of England, a mile from the sea which has an enormous modifying effect , minus 4 or 5 C is likley, although inland a few miles like the nearest town to the north of me ( 7 miles away) it is regularly 3,4 or 5 degrees Centrigade colder in winter, and the same amount warmer in the summer, for the same reason, the effect of the sea.
    So although they have had 20 cm ( 8 inches) of snow some 20 miles away ( where we hope to be for Christmas day) and maybe several feet by now in the north of England, here are a couple of pictures showing (all) the snow we have had... so far here - my garden in December 2010.
    The orchid house extends behind the trellis where the winter jasmine was a sea of yellow flowers before the snow came, and the Wisteria is full of buds, waiting for a little late winter sunshine... just as I am.
    Merry Christmas, all dear orchid friends !
    wowza! looks like my uncle was lucky to fly out when he did. i think he left from gatwick, i might be wrong. which is worse for snow? gatwick or heathrow?

    And they say stuff like global warming is getting worse! lol it seriously doesnt look like it. anyway, i wish i was there, ive never seen snow at ground level before! unless you consider the slopes of a volcano "ground level"

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    Love the pics of the avenue of trees, Branka.

    @Steve: Great shots of the birds. For the last 3 years I was in Hong Kong to watch the birds on their winter migration and their stopover in Mai Po Nature Reserve, at about this time of the year.However, this year we didn't go as my son. who works in HK was back for his holidays. Couldn't get close shots of the birds, even with a 300mm lens(the longest I have).

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