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Snowflakes, snowdrops and YouTube streaming formats – signs of spring in deepest winter

Worked from home yesterday. Weather was pants. Didn’t really matter. I lit a nice coal fire and sat in the front room doing stuff.

Here’s a vid of the snow falling in my back garden. It didn’t stick. The noise is water falling off the tree above the conservatory roof.

This morning I went for a swim and then walked down to the office. I vary my route and today’s took me past the old graveyard in Park Street. It was bitterly cold though that didn’t matter moving along at a briskish pace.

The graveyard was covered in snowdrops. Most of the gravestones have lain flat for years and are covered in moss or lichen. The prominent exception is the one in the  photo which is more of a tomb-like structure.

snowdrops in graveyard

Very poignant I thought. A symbol of death in the depths of winter surrounded by new growth and optimism.

That is all.

PS Good word, briskish.

PPS YouTube was playing up a bit this morning – had to load the video twice. Also the video was taken using an Android phone (SGS4) but YouTube told me processing would be quicker if the file format used (mp4) was compatible with their recommended streaming codecs (mp4!).

I know someone is going to come along now and tell me it was a specific flavour of mp4 with green spots and chilli spice topping.

YouTube message re streaming format

End User fun stuff

Winter on

Proper winters on

It hasn’t been often in my lifetime that we have had real winters that befit our position so far North on this globe. I have to say that the only downer as far as I am concerned from this weather is the fact that the Lincoln Christmas Market had to be cancelled.

The photo strips below are from my journey to work, one of which shows the problems they were going to have with holding the market. You can click on the photos to get a fuller version.

Proper winters on

It is a privilege to live in such a beautiful city.

Proper winters on

Problems setting up the funfair.

Proper winters on

Tudor house in Castle Hill.

Proper winters on

Just a short walk from my house.

Proper winters on

Frozen milk on the doorstep.

Proper winters on

And finally the view across the fields just after sunrise on the A46 on my way to the office in Newark.

PS I’m not going to send out Christmas cards to readers – you can just come back to this post and look at the pictures 🙂