I’ve started, now I’ll come home.

Our yellow trio set out with good intentions of braving the weather and walking at least round the park this morning. The beach was a definite no-go, and the wind nearly took me off my feet as we turned the corner at the end of our street.

Photo: November and our first snowfall resulting in White Sands.

Several people already walking back with their dogs gave us nods and waves as we passed on opposite sides of the road.

Entering the park,  it wasn’t as bad as this (photos from February 27th) as we could still see the pathway and the car park on the right was only slightly frosted.

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Windy or windy?

Now you’re probably wondering why I’m repeating myself, when actually I’m not.
Half of my title definitely refers to the cold bitter winds we are currently experiencing, but the other half of it is not wind as in blow, but wind, as in winding up a clock or a watch.

The wind is blowing the snow horizontal to the ground. I’m not kidding. The white stuff is hitting our house sideways.
Then it suddenly turns back on itself and is winding up the snow at all angles, so it doesn’t know if it’s falling, rising, swirling, curling or just hanging around!

It’s actually quite fascinating to watch, like a kaleidoscope on speed with none of the pretty colours.
Here’s our windy weather from yesterday 16th March.

Here is today’s for comparison.

68 km/h equates to 42.25 mph, 70 km/h equates to 43.5 mph,  65 km/h equates to 40.39 mph, 59 km/h equates to 36.66 mph, 54 km/h equates to 33.55 mph.

So it’s pretty blowy here and bloody cold!
Hot water bottles are going in the bed right now!

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Daily Post Prompt 17th March 2018 : Incubate

Details of the link up can be found here

A tiny seed, hidden from view,
Unnoticed a first, but then tendrils grew.
Reaching out, obtaining hold
Banishing warmth, thriving on cold.
Nurtured under cover of dark,
Gradually nibbling away at the heart.
It didn’t have to be that way,
But why it happened is hard to say,
Cruel pleasure derived from Hate,
The seed one chose to incubate.

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Double Take Challenge: Saturday Mix 17th March

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all of them in your response – which can be poetry or prose.
Over to Sarah for details:

Our homophone sets this week are:

auricle – external part of the ear
oracle – seer


hoard – a great stash
horde – a great many people
whored – prostituted

She was slightly miffed that she didn’t get to meet the elusive Oracle when she went for her medical. The doctor made such a fuss of pushing her hair out the way and probing her auricle, she couldn’t believe it was supposed to be to see into her future.

She ignored the sign. Having found this great hoard of cash under the bed, it could be her ticket out of here.
She didn’t seem too worried about the horde of people queuing outside, until she heard a rather dismaying comment.
If only she’d bothered to read the damn sign, then she would have realised what the money was for and why there was so much of it.
Aunt May had whored her way through the clientelle waiting to sample her predecessor.

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Well, Junior’s here

We’ve awoken to an extremely windy and cold day, with little flurries that would do Olaf proud dancing in the street, teasing the pavements as they decide whether to land or move on.
Hubby had a final walk on his own last night. Maggie didn’t so much as raise a paw towards the door to go, but he had to stretch his legs.
He took the camera and snapped these:

It’s not the closest we’ve seen the water to the prom: that was when I took this in January.
According to the tide charts, we can expect high tides over the weekend, the highest being on Monday. That would coincide with the second blue moon of the year as we have a full moon then, the second in March as we didn’t have one in February.

All this moon ‘language’ makes me think of Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty when he brought the moon closer to the earth and dotted the sky with extra stars, which had a severe effect on the weather in Japan!
Then of course there is my favourite film It’s A Wonderful Life from 1946.
Have a good weekend!

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SoCS 17th March 2018

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “green.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Green is actually my favourite colour, and a certain green frog would forever cheer me up in days gone by, until that floozy piece of bacon sizzled into his life.

Seriously, I like green. It’s refreshing and reminds me of all things new after the cold days and dark nights of winter.
There are so many variants to it. Just to say Green is totally inadequate when you consider pea green against emeralds, and sea green against the fluorescent plumage of a mallard.
If I had to give Nature a colour it would probably be green, as even the leaves on the trees start as green before they change to the crisp golden hues of autumn.

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The Return of The Beast

We have been warned that the Beast from the East is going to make a reappearance this weekend. We are naturally ‘thrilled’ (not).
We received our heating bill today and I’m pleased to say we are well within budget. In fact, the utility company wanted us to reduce our monthly payments by 35% rather than run up a large credit on our account. I had deliberately over calculated when we moved here so as not to have any nasty surprises, and of course with the horrendously cold weather when The Beast arrived a little while ago, our heating consumption rocketed. That aside, we are still nicely in credit, but I’ve asked for our payment to be reduced by 25% instead to put us in good stead for next winter.
We are actually running a spreadsheet with our meter readings and were only 63p out in our calculations!
We’ve already noticed a significant drop in the evening temperatures and an increase in  wind velocity over the past few days, so I prefer to err on the side of caution.
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