alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
Lights on, heating on, and I saw snow flakes amongst the rain battering on the window. Having planned to put away my winter clothes today seems rather premature now!

I think we might be making good use of the stove in the summer house over my birthday.

ETA: Oh joy, now the kitchen ceiling is dripping! I obviously jinxed us remarking that it hadn't happened all winter a few days ago :(
alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
Because I mentioned spring yesterday, it was wet and windy and about 8 degrees C when I walked home yesterday evening, and the heating came on last night and this morning without anyone touching the thermostat. Such is Scottish weather!
alithea: (Windswept Francine)
5 months ago I walked home from work in the snow and this evening I did similarly. 5 months of on-and-off snow in this city, which is basically at sea level, has got to be some sort of record.
alithea: (spring)
Why did I think this week was the time to break out my spring user icon?? We currently have a blizzard outside...
alithea: (ice)
Have only broken the work website twice so far today.

My hair roots currently match my dark red dress but the rest of my hair is mostly still brown-black. It would appear Garnier HerbaShine is more effective at dyeing my bathroom than my hair. This a new disadvantage of having painted wood as a shower screen which hadn't occurred to me before. We may have to repaint the bathroom again...

Grey sleety weather is not conducive to getting up in the mornings, especially when you have SAD.

Can I hibernate until the sun comes out, please?
alithea: (Autumn wolf)
I walked home from work in the snow on Friday. And I don't mean rain masquerading as sleet, I mean actual, size of my finger nails, snowflakes. In the city centre. I'm pretty sure this is the earliest it has snowed in Dundee in the 9 years I've lived here. A friend commented on FB that her Dad thought someone had set this years' weather to shuffle - I think I agree! We have had some glorious autumn weather though, which makes up for the lack of summer in my book, although possibly not anyone else's ;)

Now I just need to see the northern lights when we are out at Glen Prosen for the Halloween LARP next weekend!


Sep. 25th, 2012 10:19 am
alithea: (Autumn wolf)
Definitely a Wild Woman channelling day today - Boots of Wonder, superhero dress, leather trenchcoat, wild and woolly weather (I nearly got lifted off my feet on Hawkhill on the way into work!). Very glad to be in my nice non-howly office rather than the Turret today!

Have I mentioned how much I love autumn recently? ;)
alithea: (summerbench)
The sun is shining here today and I'm wearing my fabby artisan trousers rather than wool tights. Still a bit sniffly but *fingers crossed* this cold is on the way out - my head and ears aren't too bad today. And our wedding rings are ready and look gorgeous from the photo the guy has sent me! Can't wait to see them in person.

Hopefully things are looking up :)

ETA: And Chapter 3 of the Wormworld Saga is up!

ETA 2: Said picture of the rings is now linked in comments (friends-locked)
alithea: (Books)
I did at the weekend was finish reading Kushiel's Dart - best fantasy novel I've read all year, I really should have succumbed before now! Thanks to the peeps around here who recommended the series.

Am now trying to decide if I can be arsed going down to the library to see if by some miracle they still have the 2nd one in. It's pitch dark, cold and pouring with rain though...
alithea: (Default)
It's tad windy this afternoon, like howling windows, creaking roof, vibrating floor, windy. Not pleasant. I'm just hoping my roof and chimneys survive intact!

In other news, I survived my work conference call this morning but my throat has suffered for it and I can just about manage a whisper now :(

Don't you just love winter :/
alithea: (summerfootprints)
This weather is seriously crackers! I mean it's OCTOBER tomorrow and I just nearly cooked on my lunchtime constitutional - it must have been about 25 degrees C in the sun in the park, I wished I'd put a loose summer blouse and my sun hat on, and had to shade-hug all the way home after cooling down in CO-OP under their blissful, usually far too cold, air-conditioning.

My Galileo thermometer on the windsill is currently reading 28 degrees C and yet there are apparently rumours going round that we are going to get snow in October... That's crazy Montreal weather, even Scotland with it's four seasons in one day doesn't usually go from hot to snow within a month!
alithea: (Default)
So there was a wedding on Friday; rather nice, liked the dress which was nicely understated and more about the shape than the decoration which is just my taste (although I wasn't the biggest fan of the neckline), and the trees, and enjoyed critiquing the hats and frocks on twitter. Rather a lot of fuss for my tastes but there were no street parties around here so I just turned the TV off when I got bored after the balcony scene!

On Saturday, I met up with June, had a cuppa and a good natter and bought 2 new pairs of shoes in Clarks so I now have MJs that aren't red!

And yesterday, the Boy and I headed off to Aberfeldy and walked the Birks of Aberfeldy, which was beautiful, especially given the glorious weather, and visited the Scottish Crannog centre on Loch Tay, where we got to walk around a reconstruction of an Iron Age crannog and have Iron Age crafts and farming demonstrations with a rather entertaining guide.

The Falls of Moness in the Birks of Aberfeldy

The Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay

All in all a fantastic weekend, we really do have some most beautiful countryside round here (okay, so Aberfeldy is an 1 1/2 hours drive away but still, easily daytripable) and for a heat-averse person like me, the weather was just perfect, gloriously sunny but not hot.
alithea: (Starbuck bang (made by amiyuy))
Have been quiet around here recently due to a combination of factors, including lots of work to do and silly headcold/viral ick, combining badly to produce major funk. However, we had summery weather for a few days and I seem to have finally banished the ick so I'm feeling perkier, or would be if I wasn't very tired because the Boy spent the weekend doing cross-country pantomime (AKA larping), came home absolutely shattered last night, and proceeded to keep me awake half the night snoring, tossing and turning, and groaning.

Anyway, still have stacks of work to do but have booked a weekend in York early next month so have something to look forward to. And I spent a good chunk of the weekend lounging on my sofa with all the windows open, and bare arms and legs, reading Maggie the Mechanic, which is the first collection of the 'Locas' storyline from Love and Rockets. It's an utterly mad punk/SF/something soap opera, featuring a bunch of mostly female punks and their trials and tribulations (frequently involving trying to get money out of their friends and relatives), spiced up with robots, space ships, occasional dinosaurs, and all manner of shifty unhanded dealings of a very human nature. One particular character has so far alternated between turning up in the middle of the jungle looking for treasure, begging her billionaire boyfriend (with horns...) to make her into a super hero, and getting sacked from the local cornershop - which I think nicely illustrates its utter randomness. Really quite entertaining once you get into it though!
alithea: (Being human (base by ahlai))
- Am reading Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente at the moment. It's like the novel version of some kind of mad Studio Ghibili film with added sex, written in incredibly flouncy language. The poetry and imagery is impressive but the characters seem completedly empty so far, it doesn't seem to have any heart underneath the surface. Maybe I'm just an old prude but I'm not particularly impressed by the first 3 chapters ending with the characters having seemingly meaningless sex with random strangers... Still, I've only read the first section so far so we'll see if it gets deeper when we get to know the characters better. (N.B. my reading list for the year is the top post on my journal for those of you who are newer around here)

- The weather is utterly foul. I am not a fan of February.

- The builders have almost finished doing up the flats nextdoor and downstairs. I'm very relieved because the novelty has worn off with the amount of noise they have been making this week - hammering floor boards at 10.30 pm on a weeknight when The Boy has to get up at 6 am for work, for example.

- Did anyone else watch Michel Roux's Service on BBC2? The last episode made me teary eyed - who says today's teenagers are a waste of space! It just shows that sometimes troublesome young people really do just need to be given a genuine chance to shine.

- Speaking of TV, I'm loving the return of Being Human and The Vampire Diaries - very different but equally dark and angsty in their own ways. I'm loving Nina in Being Human even more this series and as for TVD, I could watch Damon being angsty all day ;)
alithea: (Default)
Home to civilisation - internet, mobile signal and running water! Yes, Christmas break was memorable for not all good reasons. Still, have returned with nothing worse than a headcold and, when The Boy's brother gets around to sending them over, should have fantastic photos of proper winter wonderland, complete with fantastic ice crystals as it got down to -18 degrees C one night before xmas! Great for pretty views, less good for water pipes...

Proper update tomorrow, hope you all had a lovely xmas and less drama than we did!
alithea: (Default)
This is the most snow I've seen since I was a teenager growing up at the bottom of the Pennines. We've had about a foot and a half and it has snowed everyday for the past week - I never thought I'd see snow like this in Dundee, and certainly not this early!

The college was shut yesterday so the Boy and I decided to take advantage of the weather by doing some shopping in the, extremely quiet for the time of year, city centre. It was supposed to be Christmas shopping but I got one present and then spent too much money on a beautiful new smart wool coat - navy Victoriana double breasted military frock coat. Still, it was on sale and we had vouchers we hadn't used since February. I wanted to spend them on something for the flat because they were an engagement present but The Boy said he'd rather I bought the coat - he was enjoying oogling me in it and isn't a big fan of soft furnishings at the best of times! And then we had a pub lunch before trekking back up the hill to the flat just as the blizzard set in again.

Today, the sun is shining at the moment so it is beautiful and festive, and very quiet because the buses aren't running again, but there was a blizzard when I woke up this morning. I'm just hoping the sun lasts for my afternoon constitutional - I need the exercise with no t'ai chi this week and the pool at the uni shut again.
alithea: (Default)
This was the view out of my living room window this morning:

And this is my seasonal greetings card image of a local school I walked past on my way to the shops this afternoon, which looks very pretty but does not illustrate the ~14 inches of snow we now have!

More pictures available here
alithea: (Ice berries (made by boundary))
It has just started snowing. Perfect timing as my parents are driving half way up the country tomorrow to visit for the weekend...
alithea: (windswept)
This morning, I got up at 8 am without even a proper cup of tea for assistance, did a circuit of Dundee on various buses and was told I have a beautiful pancreas by a radiologist. The sun has been shining all day and apparently my insides are all looking suitably healthy so I guess there are far worse ways to start the week.
alithea: (Starbuck bang (made by amiyuy))
The Boy and I were just sitting watching the Chelsea Flower show yesterday evening, when all of a sudden, there was a funny poppy bang noise and a big spark flashed on the metal grate in the fireplace. I was just wondering what the hell had happened (and worrying the gas was about to explode or something, as we have a living flame gas fire) when there was an allmighty crack of thunder right overhead. I tell you, it was the loudest thing I've ever heard, the canon at Edzell last year had nothing on this! Anyway, it transpires that our chimney got stuck by lightning - the Boy went out to check on it and apparently the metal cover on the top is all twisted and charred! And a few minutes after he came back in, it started hailing like crazy - great lumps of ice pinging off the bathroom window and making an appalling racket hitting the metal flue for the boiler. It only lasted a few minutes but it was really heavy. The Boy said some poor girl walking up the road had a bloody nose from being hit by it. Talk about dramatic weather!

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