Archive for icy weather

‘Forget hanging your stocking up – wear em on your feet!’

Posted in CHRISTMAS, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA with tags , , , on December 24, 2009 by echostains

stockings that are a bit tooooooo nice to use

Just had to venture out to do some more shopping.  After being more or less snowed in yesterday, there was a lot to do.  Lots of people are in hospital with broken limbs, due to the hazardous weather conditions.  It’s quite frightening really, walking on sheets of ice.

schuh shoes - the higher the better (once)

When we were young we never worried about such things.  We wore high heels come wind or rain.  Christmas or New Years eve, dressed up to the nines off we’d trot, (well, perhaps trot is the wrong word…) out on the town to have a good time.  One trick we used to do was put a pair of woollen socks over our shoes.  Don’t ask me why this worked, but it just did, it gave more of a grip.  Of course. as soon as you got to the venue, you whipped them off and put them in a plastic bag.   You either threw em away or put the soggy things back on to go home in.  Usually we threw em.  Somehow, we never fell over on the ice going home without these trusty socks  – I don’t know why though, probably more confidence induced by the alcohol!

early American native indian snowshoes

The native American Indians used to wear these snowshoes, made of wood, metal and yarn.  Mountaineers wear these sort of snowshoes (below) they can climb mountains in them, go anywhere there is snow without falling over.  But you don’t have to use them just for snow, you can use them for all sorts of recreational activities, like golf or just keeping fit.  What’s really interesting about these is that the length of the snowshoe depends on the weight of the person and what they will be carrying.  Don’t know how this works if you are carrying another person though.  Fancy a pair? HERE

serious snowshoes

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He’s Jack and He’s back with a Vengeance

Posted in CHRISTMAS, HOME, POETRY, WATCHED with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2009 by echostains

 

It’s obvious that Jack Frost has been to work these past couple of days, not only has it been snowing, it’s also dangerously icy.  I think he’s also been at work on my PC which seems to have ceased up – it’s gone very slow indeed.  But who exactly is Jack Frost?  We know what he feels like, but what does he look like? 

jack frost

I’ve always imagined him to have sharp features and long bony fingers, ideal for nipping at your extremities.   Wherever he goes he leaves a trail of ice crystals behind him.  Perhaps a cross between the above image and the Judder man off the Metz Schnapps advert

‘Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow’ by Tull is great Christmas song and I love it!  But I think the last word about Jack must come from this poem which I found here

Jack Frost
 

Look out! Look out!
Jack Frost is about!
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And all through the night,
The gay little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.

He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he.
His silvery powder he’ll shake;
To windows he’ll creep,
And while we’re asleep,
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.

Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white.
Then home he will go;
And laugh, “Ho! Ho! Ho!
What fun I have had in the night!”