Wednesday, February 20, 2008

OH, TO BE IN ENGLAND....

These photos were taken at Sleightholme Beck, just north of the Yorshire Dales National Park.
The icicles, some over 12 feet long, cascade over a river bank. The temperature has been -5 degrees C or lower over successive nights and moisture seeps down from the fells, slowly forming tiny icicles which build up to these huge stalactites. They'll won't thaw for weeks even with the temperature building up to 11 degrees C.



13 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

I told you it was bloody cold up our end of the country, didn't I?

JahTeh said...

If it wasn't for the Gulf Stream you'd be up to your armpits in icicles. Now get up to the fells and get some of those sheep into the warm house.

Brian Hughes said...

There's plenty of farmers up there keeping them warm after their own particular fashion already...

Lord Sedgwick said...

"Britain to introduce new citizenship probation."

"Aspiring British citizens will be put on probation for at least one year to show they can speak English, pay their taxes, abide by the law and integrate into local life."

Looks like there's a fair chance that jackanapes, Lord Fleetwood will be on the next available transportation ship headed for the great brown penal colony downunder.

Lock up your daughters! (On second thoughts, lock up anything ambulant and marginally sentient.)

Ozfemme said...

Lord Sedgwick,

Duly noted. Both our Jack Russell dogs are being evacuated to a hidden location as we speak.

As is my aged mother.

JahTeh said...

"integrate into local life" Didn't I tell Fleetwood to go up and get some sheep to look like a local? Lord knows they probably speak better English than he does.

Bella, it's best to be wise about the dogs especially if they deport his mangy cat with him. I wouldn't worry about your Mum though, an Aussie woman would wipe the floor with him.

Now don't you worry, Our Brian, regardless of comments we'll give you a fine welcome especially if you bring your own sheep.

Davo said...

"Aspiring British citizens will be put on probation for at least one year to show they can speak English, pay their taxes, abide by the law and integrate into local life."

.. and, like all self respecting British citizens, bring their own balaclavas and thermal underwear.

(after all, everybody knows - without shadow of doubt - that winter happens in December ..)

JahTeh said...

And in February Davo. I made a summer dress to wear on Sunday, bought new sandals and now I'm hunting out the woollies and the blundstones.

Brian Hughes said...

I have to admit, I managed to get hold of one of those 'Citizenship Tests' and I couldn't answer any of the questions. Mind you, unlike the people applying for citizenship, I didn't have a handbook with all the answers in it.

I'm packing my trunks and my suntan lotion as I type...so ignore the stains on the front of 'em when I turn up.

JahTeh said...

Now we know why the February temperature is 15 degrees below the usual, migrating Lancshire Poms bringing their own rotten weather.

Brian Hughes said...

Don't worry, Witchy. Come August we'll all migrate back to our lush, green mountain roosts again.

Edward Yates said...

Those icicles look pretty...pretty damn cold too! I think I romanticize the cold weather far too much, mainly due to activities for keeping warm and snow and ice is pretty when at heart I am a hot weather person. Glad we have some warm weather in Melbourne for a bit longer, as our house is a bitch to heat.

Cast Iron Balcony said...

Absolutely feckin' gorgeous!

Our weather has turned around, hasn't it!