Stranded on St Stephens

No hunting the wren this year 😦 …

A good Christmas, apart from the weather. Had a long chat on skype with the bother and sister. And her mother and aunt who were with them. We unwrapped our presents, and did a tour of both houses.

Earlier, we did our traditional trip to lay a wreath on the grave of Mom's friend. It was touch and go, the roads have been absolutely terrible, but we took our time and luckily traffic was quiet. It started raining just after we set off. I think that actually helped. It warmed up and the frost on the roads melted. Anyway, we made it there and back without incident.

Of course last night all the rain froze and this morning we were greeted with a solid sheet of ice outside. So the charity walk was cancelled. We were supposed to be going to lunch with family later, but they advised us not to come. Even if we did make it there chances are we wouldn't make it home.

I did venture out, just down to the shop for a few essentials. That was enough to convince me that staying put was a good idea. Now it has rained again and that on top of the ice is just lethal.

On the other hand, if we had been out we would have missed the fox that went trotting through the field past our front window this afternoon. πŸ˜‰


13 thoughts on “Stranded on St Stephens

  1. That sounds pretty treacherous. The highways are totally bare here but the back streets are a bit icy. Temperature is around -15. Just right for skiing.Lucky that fox sighting!

  2. Just trying to walk out there is hard enough, though watching the cats go sliding can be funny.Oddly, it's not that cold. Hovering around freezing, though that's when ice seems most slippery.

  3. The tradition consists of "hunting" a fake wren…- Wikipedia

    So no-one man or bird was in any danger. But you see now why snow is better than rain?

  4. not convinced. if there'd been no snow to start with, the rain wouldn't have been a problem. Another thing to lay on the feet of yucky snow. :yuck:

  5. Not convinced either. Snow that freezes stays snow. Rain that freezes turns to ice, that's the problem.

  6. Around here you can buy something that resembles cleats to strap to the soles of your boots/shoes so the ice isn't as treacherous.My husband and I were out for a hike today, and he said a fox darted across the path while I was looking the other way. 😦

  7. Oh yes Deb, you mean capons"borrowed" from The Official Goodies Rule – OK! Fan Club Website⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :star:Well hungry, how do you like your present? πŸ˜€ I feel so privileged that you use your first go on me. Sadly I think it's a losing battle. The forecast for the coming week is pretty dismal. Heavy frosts, freezing fog, bitterly cold winds from the east and north. And a good chance of sleet and snow on Tuesday night/ Wednesday.

  8. We had the freeze a few days before Christmas, but ice ain't nice. Glad you saw a fox though πŸ˜€ Merry Christmas!

  9. I've scarcely seen a fox in weeks and none over Christmas (being away might be the cause of that), but all the best for New Year :cheers:

  10. I thought mention of a fox would grab your interest. I only wish I'd been able to grab a photo, but the camera was nowhere to be found (turned out I'd left it in the car :doh: ) Now that I know he or she is about maybe I'll be lucky enough to get another sighting. Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year.

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