It's that time of year again. The time of year when olive oil is a solid and not a liquid:
And feeding the chooks includes taking a kettle out there to pour hot water on their water bucket and defrost some ice so they have water.
And you have to warm the engine on the car before you drive anywhere. And scrape the ice off the windscreen while you're at it... and hope that the doors haven't iced shut overnight... the fun!
We haven't had a lot of snow so far this year, one good dump that all melted when it got up to 12 degrees (really!!) last week and then just dustings since then so shoveling snow is not yet a part of my day which is nice.
But something that really took me a while to get my head around is that it is warmer when it does snow. It gets too cold for snow or something, a cloudy day is warmer than a sunny one. And one thing Matsumoto does really well is beautiful bright blue winter skies.
And that makes for cold starry nights. And here's the proof:
But our slow but steady winterisation (winterproofing?) of the house means it is warrrrrm inside. At least in the room with the fire anyway. And that's all I need. Cold kitchen? Oh you mean my walk in fridge? Quite convenient really. Perfect for rolling pastry and chilling leftovers before putting them in the fridge.
All the farmers are shaking their heads and looking at the sky and predicting a colder than normal winter. Bah humbug- no need for that kind of negativity. I've got my money on global warming saving the day!