Life, photos but not the universe

If only I’d been a boy scout (I’d be more prepared?)

Well after the party, the snow melts away.

It’s amazing, yesterday’s death traps have turned back into paths and driveways, pavements, flights of steps and car parks.  Journeys have gone back to their normal distances and it seems not unbearable to consider swimming.  Today the sun shone on the limp, brownish fields and large puddles of snow melt hung around in every dip in the roads.

It didn’t last long by most standards but it was the longest lying snow I remember in England for a few years.  (the timing was crap but isn’t that always the way).

And we suddenly realise that more snow is on our personal horizon – I hope that’s not melting because the one thing that might be colder and more uncomfortable than sleeping in an ice room in Lapland might be sleeping in a melting ice room – anywhere!

Anyway.  I have to get myself organised rather quickly as we have only a week before flying off to the genuinely and excessively frozen North.  Today, I bought 3 pairs of (slightly) woolly tights and a long sleeved thermal vest (I already bought some of those things but I feel as though I need more.)  I have only the vaguest idea of how the trip is organised so I don’t know how much time we will have to spend indoors (requiring lots of layers of our own) outdoors (wearing extra layers supplied by the hotel) or in between (requiring easily removable and replaceable layers compatible with the outdoor layers above mentioned).  A request for information from the important people who ought to know (ie Youngest and her partner) about how much money we might need, produced vague results!  But I feel we should take LOTS.  In case of emergencies.  Or in case the layers we get here turn out to be inadequate.  Or in case we go for a little walk in Lapland and get lost and need to hire a reindeer to get back to the hotel.  Or a helicopter rescue.  Or in case I see a really beautiful, warm, furry, cosy pair of boots somewhere between here and there and need to buy them.  Oh and I suppose we might want to eat?

Here is something quite entertaining.

(Long pause to argue with the computer over the link which didn’t work at first I wonder if it does now!)

Birthday Calculator

I have learnt that I was born in the year of the tiger


under the sign of Saggitarius, (actually I knew that )



that my native american zodiac sign is the owl



and that my plant is the mistletoe.



My fortune cookie reads:  Much more grows in the garden than that which is planted there. (Quite an accurate fortune cookie then, especially when you consider our garden)

My birthstone is either the blue zircon, blue topaz, ruby or Lapis Lazuli.  (I think that depends on which traditional medecine or folk lore you consult – anyway, I’ll settle for something blueish and shiny) and my birth tree is the Ash.

There’s a lot more stuff which I haven’t learnt.  It’s either too silly or too difficult.  A lot of minutes and seconds were involved though.

All in all, I’m quite happy to be an owl in the year of the tiger and I like blue shiny things.  Gardens?  I like weeds and unplanted stuff.  Oh that reminds me, one of my bamboo plants fell down in the snow.  I hope it gets up again soon.

Do tell me what you learn about your birth – things : )


A bit more moonlit snow.  With shadows : )

The last few days, what with late (even later) nights and drunken evenings and general veering from hysteria to relief and back again have reduced me to  a slightly glassy-eyed and less than coherant state.  Probably I need to sleep some more?  Yes.  Probably I do.  I’ll try it anyway.

I hope you are all sleeping lots too and keeping nice and warm.  We need more sleep (and warmth) in Winter don’t you think?



February 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. oooooh – I’d like a little more spleep please! (next week is half term, so I hope to get some)

    your trip sounds more and more exciting – the good thing about layers is that you can take them off if you are wearing too many (I know you know this) so take lots and lots and lots, please!

    off to do you quiz/meme thingy now!


    I’ve sorted the link now – I think : )
    Have to say I simply love spleep : ) I would like some of that whatever it is!
    Anyway I hope you get lots next week 🙂

    Comment by I, Like The View | February 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. oh! no linky thing. . .

    perhaps I’ll try again later


    Fixed? Maybe?

    Comment by I, Like The View | February 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. We’ve heard about all the snow in England. Hopefully you will be able to stay warm in Iceland… It sounds over all , way too confusing.. Knowing what to buy, pack and wear, and when to wear it all.
    Iceland sounds so cold; I actually felt a chill just reading about it.

    It’s ridiculous Betty, how much fuss we make about a bit of snow over here. I know it was worse in some other parts of the country but really, schools closed when the roads were almost clear, people not going four or five miles to work when their colleagues were travelling 15 or 20 miles. A tiny bit of extra preparation and the country needn’t grind to a halt like that.
    But I do suspect that Lapland may be really cold! Youngest assures me that we will be supplied with adequate extra layers though.

    Comment by Betty Flocken | February 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. Lovely, lovely, lovely……and hasn’t the moonlight been just fantastic?! Wakes me up as it passes by the window–goodness….


    We don’t close schools with six inches of snow–but if Texas gets a half an inch, the whole state closes. LOL I suspect that’s just about true for you folks from the sounds of it.

    AND…..more snow on the horizon! Woooohoooooo!!

    BIG snow too Mel!!!
    And yep! If a flurry of snow appears it’s as if a new ice age had hit the country. Years ago, when we had proper snow, everyone in isolated areas had snow chains for their tyres and carried a shovel in winter and mostly had a blanket in their car. We just assumed that every so often we’d get stuck and need to dig ourselves out. And people knew that they’d have to help other stuck travellers on a regular basis. And every so often two cars would slither into each other with a gentle thump! And come to think of it, if there weren’t enough staff in school for normal lessons and classes, we just had different and usually more interesting classes with combined groups.
    Now, you’d imagine that everyone in England looked out of their window and couldn’t see for snow heaped up to the roof! And the salt and grit suppliers all say “due to the unusual and unexpected demand we’re going to run out”. What unusual and unexpected may I ask?
    Oh well. It’s all gone now : )

    Comment by Mel | February 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. I want spleep too! It sounds absolutely wonderful!

    Right, then..

    Your date of conception was on or about 9 May 1967 which was a Tuesday.
    (interesting note: I was ‘made’ in America)

    You were born on a Tuesday
    under the astrological sign Aquarius.
    Your Life path number is 1.

    Your fortune cookie reads:
    Your life will be happy and peaceful.
    (what do fortune cookies know!?)

    The year 1968 was a leap year.

    You were born in the Chinese year of the Monkey.

    Your Native American Zodiac sign is Otter; your plant is Fern.

    You were born in the Egyptian month of Parmuthy, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence – Fertile soil).

    As of 2/12/2009 8:50:25 AM EST
    You are 41 years old.
    You are 493 months old.
    You are 2,141 weeks old.
    You are 14,989 days old.
    You are 359,744 hours old.
    You are 21,584,690 minutes old.
    You are 1,295,081,425 seconds old.

    Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.8665362035225 years old. (You’re still chasing cats!)

    Today is not one of your lucky days!
    (Oh dear!)

    Your birthstone is Garnet
    Your birth tree is: Cypress Tree

    The moon’s phase on the day you were
    born was new.

    I am a much older dog than you ‘shot 🙂 And oddly, I didn’t notice if I was having a lucky day or not.
    Anyway, I like the sound of Parmuthy 🙂

    Comment by Rimshot | February 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. Wow!
    are you ready to be scared?
    we are the same, except I was born in the year of the Dragon.
    Same plants same rocks, same bird.
    that was fun!
    thanks for the smile!

    Sorrow! My twin! And dragons, tigers? All good and big and bouncy and colourful 🙂

    Comment by sorrow | February 12, 2009 | Reply

  7. yeay! it works. . .

    I was born on Friday 1 May 1964:

    a leap year, under the astrological sign Taurus, Chinese year of the Dragon, Native American Zodiac sign is Beaver; plant is Wild Clover, ruling planet is Venus.

    fortune cookie reads: “don’t forget to do good deeds as you accumulate wealth”

    apparently today is not one of my lucky days (that must be why my etching went wrong then!)

    birthstone is Emerald, used for physical and emotional healing; birth tree is Poplar, the Uncertainty: looks very decorative, no self-confident behaviour, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organiser, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously. . .

    the moon’s phase on the day I was born was waning gibbous (I’ll have to look that up – get so confused by the moon!)

    thanks Mig


    I can’t believe I forgot to check what my moon was doing! I think it was sort of slightly more than half full 🙂 And hey, another Dragon child, like Sorrow 🙂

    Comment by I, Like The View | February 12, 2009 | Reply

  8. <—- needs more spleep. . .

    (perhaps coffee, but it might keep me awake)

    I would love to have coffee but it’s definitely time to go to bed. Hope you sleep well – spleeping is optional I guess but sleep is essential.
    I ))))))))))))))

    Comment by I, Like The View | February 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. HEY!
    ILTV is a beltane baby!
    can i be a blue dragon?
    She can be a red one..
    or maybe gold..
    she is a shiny bit…

    Comment by sorrow | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. (-:

    Comment by I, Like The View | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  11. There are sky blue pink dragons in the next post 🙂

    Comment by letouttoplay | February 16, 2009 | Reply

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