Saturday, 1 December 2012
Um... it's snowing!
The ski resorts in the Scottish Cairngorm mountains are delighted as there is enough snow to open two of the ski runs already. VERY early!!
In Orkney the weather turned sharply cold on Thursday night with a hard frost. The first of the season. Today we have wintery showers and REAL snow flakes!! Thankfully so far the snow is not settling much. Though I was startled to look out of my study window on this.
OK I know it's not very much. But Orkney has a very mild climate in winter. Frost and snow are unusual as we are protected by the Gulf Stream. While the Highlands of Scotland celebrate ski runs opening in Winter, Orkney mainly has gales and rain.
Though the hills of Hoy often have a light dusting of snow
So I'd better look out the de-icer for the car and salt for the paths around the house. And maybe put on a pot of pasta for the hens. Extra rations for Charlie the barn cat too....