Tuesday, 19 November 2019

it is cold outside....









.... and inside, too. There is something not quite right with our radiators in the large extension and it is not particularly cosy. The living room is nice and warm though.

The ground frost has not thawed in a few days, it is proper cold. While it is beautiful, it is not fun for the bicycle commuter. I have been researching mittens that keep my fingers warm enough to avoid Raynaud's. Who would have thought that there is so much to know about mitten insulation? I have decided to go for down insulation and wind/waterproof outer fabric. An expensive treat but if it helps, I am worth it. I gave my last pair of good mittens to a homeless man two years ago. I don't regret it, he needed them more than I. I can after all go to my own home and warm myself up.

To continue the complaining, the temperature in my office is around 15C. It is not pleasant to work like that. We have two plug-in heaters that make little difference. There are no radiators in this room. I can only assume that people were made of tougher stuff back in the day when this building was planned. We are wearing our down coats all day...

Other than that, I am happy! There is nothing much exciting happening that I could tell you about here but I do have a couple of near finishes for two makes that have kept my fingers nimble in the evenings.

I thought you might enjoy to see the magic of the frost in my back garden. There are still some flowers, would you believe it?

Thanks for visiting xx

18 comments:

  1. Love your frosty photos. I have spotted all the minus numbers in your corner. Cycling I agree is a bit scary in the ice. Hope your work temperatures improve very soon. B x

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  2. You captured the beauty of the season in an amazing way. Great photos!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Connie :)

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  3. Wile I hope that our recent bout of cold weather doesn't make a return very soon, I did enjoy seeing your frosty blooms, Christina. Like you, I need to have gloves or mittens on when outdoors because my hands really feel the cold and I am susceptible to numbnewss as well.

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  4. I love the frosty mornings we have had recently but they must be difficult for cycling especially with Reynauds. I do hope your gloves make it more comfortable for you. Love your frosty photos.

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  5. You are definitely worth the good mittens. I remember cycling in Spain in Grenada and the surrounding hills in December - it was COLD. I had ski gloves on. Gorgeous frost photos. We haven't had that much yet and there are still one or two flowers here as well. The dahlias have died though. CJ xx

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  6. I love the frosty pics.

    Thank you for giving away the mittens.

    We do let our temperature descend to 15C at night but raise it to 20 during the day. I still need a fairly heavy layer on top.

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  7. Lovely photos.
    You are very kind to give your mittens to a homeless person.

    15°C is very cold for me. I can’t imagine cycling in that cold weather. 😊

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  8. Hello Christina
    Have just discovered your blog- so glad I did as I have loved reading your posts and admiring the photos
    Mary in Sydney

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  9. I love your photographs. I'm a huge fan of bright frosty days as long as I can keep wrapped up warm. But then, once I'm cosy, I'm always reluctant to remove my scarf and hat when I return home. X

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  10. So pretty! My daughter’s office is cold to her and she wears fingerless gloves all day so she can still work on the computer. Nothing worse than cold hands (or feet)

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  11. Your frosty photos are stunning! We've had a bit of dew frost, but nothing to bad yet. I too have Raynaud's :( Please let me know how the gloves are as I've yet to find a pair that keep my hands warm and keep the Raynaud's at bay. Best, Jane x

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  12. My husband suffers badly from Raynaud's and the best thing he has come up with is definitely mittens and not gloves. He swears by home knitted Merino wool mittens, says the merino ones I knitted him as opposed to other woolones I have knitted are the warmest and then he wears another pair of mittens on top, he says it does not matter what that pair is made out of but the insulation of air between the two layers helps. Just letting you know what works for him. Good luck this winter with your hands x

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  13. What great pics, I love frosty mornings.

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  14. Your frosty photos are amazing, I am always in awe of the images I see on other blogs. You go for the best insulation you can get for your mittens, you don't need the pain. Have a good week. x

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  15. Being cold is the worst. Well then again maybe being really hot is horrible too. I am so sorry your hands are cold and you are wearing your jacket at work. I probably should not mention I was in shorts today, so please disregard that last statement. Wishing you warmth and coziness.

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  16. Gosh I knew you had trouble with your hands (like Andy) but I forgot that you cycled to work. That is tough. We are in the weird position where we have built a house which is warmer than the one we live in. Sometimes we go up to the farm to play and not actually do any building because it is warmer than actual house. Jo x

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  17. Love a white and sparkly garden and your pictures capture yours beautifully. We've had mostly sog here, though not the deluge some parts of the country are dealing with. Hope the mittens help.

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  18. I suffer with Raynauds too but it is always worse when I'm in the supermarket walking through all those refridgerated aisles or when I'm driving! I imagine cycling to work must really make it bad for you. (Can you tell I'm catching up on my blog reading!)

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