The color of the sky as far as I can see is coal gray
I lift my head from the pillow and then fall again
I get a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
- Anton Chekhov
The snow was coming down hard as we left Boston this morning
They tell me it snowed heavily last night in New York as well but by 5:30 this evening
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”
Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I started The Quotidian Hudson its Constitution stated a picture a day. No more than one picture a day. Apparently those of us who drafted the Constitution were very into ropes and rules that winter. At some point fairly early in the process I decided it was a dumb rule and held a Constitutional Convention where we amended indeed eliminated, the rule and set no limit on what might be done.
However on January 30th, 2011 the “one picture rule” was still in effect. The two pictures below did not make the cut that day.
It really was winter in January of 2011.
If you are interested in seeing the picture that did make the cut… go here
There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons–That oppresses,
like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes
“It was so cold this morning, I saw a chicken with a capon.”
Carl deSuze, WBZ-AM radio morning drive time DJ some morning when my mother was driving me to school.
Winter finally arrived this week on the East Coast, but all we have in NYC is cold and wind. It was somewhere between 10-14 this morning. Not a drop of snow though.
The look of the Union Square Greenmarket changes significantly in this weather.
A bit early for me
Organic Vegetables under plastic
To cover and heat or to hang with nature?
I know we forgot something
I collected on my Christmas present from Katherine this weekend. I have started baking bread, especially sourdough bread, over the past few years so Katherine gifted me with a four-hour class: “The Magic of Wild Yeasts: Sourdough” offered at the King Arthur Baking Education Center in Norwich VT. The class was taught by Amber Eisler, one of their on-staff instructors. She is excellent.
This was a test run to see if I enjoyed the experience and thought it worthwhile. I certainly did. Now we need to decide when to return and take a few weekend classes. (Katherine would obviously take a higher, much higher, level class than I would).
We stayed at the Lake Mourey Resort in Fairlee VT. One of their signature winter offerings is a 4.5 mile skating loop around the lake. Not this weekend (or last, or the one before that…). The ice was unsafe. Open water was actually visible.
I grew up in New England and went skiing in VT and New Hampshire a lot as a kid. I remember January. It was cold, the snow was deep, the rivers and lakes were frozen, ice boats would be out and all in all it was winter wonderland time.
This felt like mid March in New Jersey or downstate New York. There was very little snow on the ground, as noted above, nothing was frozen solidly enough for skating. Does it mean anything? In the short-term, probably not. It will snow in VT. The lakes will freeze at some point this year but long-term?
The climate patterns are changing. Make of that what you will.
This week’s Photo Challenge is Delicate. (Click HERE to see various views)…
I thought this image from 10/29/11 at the river fit the bill.
Ailsa’s theme this week is Liquid -(you can see other ideas of the theme if you click on the word Liquid). Liquid can mean a lot of different things to people. Here are a few of my ideas.
I fully expected to be able to write about the arrival of winter to NYC today with pictures of the 3″ of snow and happy little children pretending that was enough to build a real snowman and sled all day, after all the weather people promised…
weeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllll, some white stuff did fall from the sky and it got cold tonight and will stay below freezing for close to 24 hours…but nothing stuck. Instead, lets take some time in the subway and check out the riders via iPhone4.
Today was our once a week winter-like day. High in the mid-30′s with 20 mph winds gusting to 30 mph. Snow way to the north in the Buffalo area but tomorrow they are predicting 56 and Wednesday possibly 60.
If you just went by magazine covers you could get a very skewed view of life here in these United States…
or maybe not…
Two funny (and seemingly contradictory in spirit) New York City laws.
1: Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business. (the use of “it” in this sentence is odd).
2: It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.”
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
The river was wild and windy today.
So was the day.
So were we.
Last year on 12/26…
And it was still coming down…