At Last! A REAL snowstorm!

23 Dec

… and, with just a bit of fiddling:

And I can’t find a “Centre” key here, nohow, so, too damned bad, it ain’t centred, so there!

Back to normal:

Dang! Another vertical one:

And that’s about it; I’m glad I could get out in time, before we got a wind to mess it all up. Thank the carpark-cleaning chaps that I had to get out of there anyway, so they could have room. The irony is that I got back and everyone’s place had been ploughed save mine … there was nearly as much snow there when I got back as when I left. Yes, my space is an end one, and is, basically, in a corner … actually it IS a corner … but these blighters are paid to clear out the snow, so WTF?


Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


25 responses to “At Last! A REAL snowstorm!

  1. evawiren

    December 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful post and wonderful pictures. I can noly hope and wish for snow
    I wish you and your folks a Merry Christmas

    • derwandersmann

      December 24, 2013 at 3:08 am

      Thank you, Eva … your Winter, so far, has been only wet, is that right? Imagine … Sweden without snow!
      But your pictures, those that I’ve seen, have been wonderful.

      • evawiren

        December 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

        Thank you dW only very wet. but I am not giving it up

  2. Words

    December 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    That looks like a perfect snowfall. Beautiful photos of the trees.

    • derwandersmann

      December 24, 2013 at 3:14 am

      Thanks, Paul … These things come once every few years (not like a mere 30 years ago, when we could bank on maybe two a year), so it’s wise to prowl the area after we get one.

  3. Furie

    December 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Oh wow, that’s lovely.

    • derwandersmann

      December 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      High praise, from the group cynic! Thanks!

      • Furie

        December 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        It’s a sign of the times we live in that good old realism is so often mistaken for cynicism. People so often prefer a comforting lie to a slightly more harsh, yet all the more special truth. I see beauty and will remark on it; I just won’t be one to pretend for the sake of popularity, which is a plague on this here interwebs in my opinion.

        Also, I do good rants. 😉

      • derwandersmann

        December 25, 2013 at 3:13 am

        I rather specialise in tirades.

  4. Adele Brand

    December 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Stunning shots. We haven’t had any snow here this winter but no doubt it’s coming.

    • derwandersmann

      December 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Adele. This was a nice storm visually, but most people don’t like it. They haven’t been here long enough; thirty years ago, we could count on four or five of these, and maybe one really BIG one of 20″ to 30″, that would pretty well put a stop to things for a day or so, until it was cleared out of the roads. Now they’re bitching about the cold, too; it’s been below zero (°F) at night for about two weeks.

  5. Darko

    December 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    It is somehow hard to believe that world is still rolling as usual when you are laying on a warm sand or swimming in the ocean, with coconut and mango trees around, at the same time when you made this photos…
    But today we are coming back to reality. It feels like commercials on TV when a really god movie is over…
    Nice photographs! We’ve been following the news from Canada and USA about the latest snow storm and man we are glad to fly over LA this time and not over Toronto 🙂

    • Darko

      December 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      A really GOOD movie, I wanted to say. I hate typing on this thing…

      • derwandersmann

        December 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        LOL … me too … in fact, I can’t and therefore, I don’t have one. I can’t squinch my fingers down thin enough to hit only one character. I make my kid do that stuff.

    • derwandersmann

      December 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      LOL … any time you fly OVER LA is a lot better than being IN LA.

      • Harry...the Man!

        December 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        That’s such a British type of comment! There was once a book published in Britain called Crap Towns – they had to publish a second book as people moaned that their town wasn’t in it!

        I live in a town that was once in the top three of an online ‘Chav Town’ voting site. I think my town is a great place – or it would be if most of the residents moved out. Different residents and my town would be one of the best places in the world. And I sincerely mean that.

  6. derwandersmann

    December 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    W.C.Fields (American actor of the early 1900’s) is rumoured to have as his epitaph (this may be apocryphal) “I’d rather be here than in Philadelphia”.

    • Harry...the Man!

      December 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I didn’t know that W.C Fields had this epitaph. You will be happy to read that I know who W.C. Fields is.

      • derwandersmann

        December 31, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        Bloody good thing I put in that “rumoured” … this is from Wikipedia:
        There have been stories that Fields wanted his grave marker to read either, “On the whole, I would rather be in Philadelphia” (his home town) or, “All in all, I would rather be in Philadelphia”, both lines similar to one he used in My Little Chickadee: “I’d like to see Paris before I die…Philadelphia would do!” (In the same film, he made a point of referring to “Philadelphia cream cheese”; whether he knew of the J. L. Kraft Foods product is unknown. This rumor also morphed into, “I would rather be here than in Philadelphia”. The anecdote that Fields often remarked, “Philadelphia, wonderful town, spent a week there one night”, is similarly unsubstantiated.) It is also said that Fields wanted, “I’d rather be in Philadelphia”, on his gravestone because of the old vaudeville joke among comedians, “I would rather be dead than play Philadelphia”.
        Whatever his wishes might have been, the interment marker for Fields’ ashes merely bears his stage name and the years of his birth and death. The genesis of the line as originally phrased can be found in the 1925 Vanity Fair article, “A Group of Artists Write Their Own Epitaphs”. The mock-epitaph for Fields reads, “Here Lies / W.C. Fields / I Would Rather Be Living in Philadelphia.”

  7. killjoke

    January 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I live in Scandinavia, and we haven’t had any snow yet. Not even night frost. This is highly unusual. My opinion on this is sort of divided. One voice whispers: Where’s the snow of your childhood, Martin? Where’s the opportunity to build a snowman, make snowangels with your truelove,put a snowball in the back of the neck of your grumpy neighbour, or just enjoying the spectacular view (anything beats this grey, wet winter we’re having). The other voice whispers: Good thing, there’s no snow. We can turn down the heater. We don’t have to shovel snow. We can travel by car, any distance we want. We can even dig the garden. Pros and cons for everything, I guess.

    Your photos are of course great. They always are.

    Tip: center your photos by activating them and simply use the Center Text option.

    • derwandersmann

      January 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm


      • killjoke

        January 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        Yeah, don’t know the proper term, but it’s in the edit-thing when you put the curser on the image and it turns blue. Then you go to the menu and choose the Align Center text option – and Bob’s your uncle.

  8. derwandersmann

    January 8, 2014 at 3:10 am

    That seems only to apply to a first photo in a post, and even then, it must be on top by design. All the other photos are shown as URLs.

    • killjoke

      January 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Must be something in your theme settings, I suppose. Different themes have different functions here at WP.

      • derwandersmann

        January 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

        I’ve noticed that, too … the parameters vary with the “Theme”.


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