Our first day out in the car for a few days today as we were running low on champers and truffles and needed to get off to the shops. All wrapped up we proceed to set off and.. high revs… no forward motion as the arse end of the car starts going sideways down the drive. EEP!
It’s been down to -11 over night and the brake pads on the rear had frozen solid, after I’d applied the handbrake a few days ago – the whole pad/disc/wheel combo was locked up solid.
Five minutes of warm water squirting onto the rear brake discs and I was finally able to free them up and we could then gingerly skate off down the mile of lanes we have, before we hit the main road which was thankfully snow and ice free.
Back home for some hot food and then it’s off out into the garden to rig up some chicken defrosting equipment. The chicken’s drinking water has frozen solid every night even though it was inside the chucky hilton which is itself, still inside one of the barns. Told you it was cold. No sign of a promised thaw is in sight just now so I reworked my old hand-built egg incubator into a chicken-water defrosting device and plugged it in. That should give them quite a few days autonomy now.
I’ve been trying hard to bone up on my photography skills and whilst sitting reading about it is all well and good, there’s no substitue for getting out and having a go. We’ve had such spectacularly beautiful days with the pressure system that’s brought this cold snap across to us and a full moon has been approaching for the last few nights… the only obvious thing to have a go at is the moon… and my ebay-bargain-humongous-zoom makes it possible. Technically.
What utter heartbreak to do all the homework, spend hours outdoors clicking away at the moon to end up with utterly rubbish photos. Time and time again I was just not getting it.. the results looked like MS-Paint, circa 1995.
But… at last this afternoon. A result. That’s my third evening expedition, wrapped up in a bazillion layers and almost unable to feel the shutter button as my fingers were so frozen solid. Anyway. I’m making progress and have conquered manual mode well enough to be able to share a photo. It can only get better! For a little inspiriation I did a check online for all photos on flickr tagged ‘moon’ taken on this day – 9th Jan. More than 540!
As there are zero streetlights for miles around we do enjoy some breathtaking nightime displays. The canopy of the stars are stunning here and we’ve always enjoyed summer nights watching satellites/the shuttle/ the ISS spin overhead.
Stargazing is a little bit nerdy but we enjoy it so much that santa brought a telescope for Joan last year. We’re not far off having a rig to take photos with that – but milder nights must arrive first. It is spooky though staring at the moon and one thing springs to mind…
The rain is loud on the roof and beating on the windows. The gathered continue to drink, play chess and darts, but all are silent and contemplative.
Perhaps they’ll be safe in the
The Chess Player slams his hand on the table. Shouts:
No one brought them here! No
one wanted them here!
You could have told them!
Are you daft? What do you
think they’d say? They’d
think us mad.
The rain is subsiding. There is a very faint howl.
Did you hear it? We must go
I heard nothing.
Beware the moon, lads!