Wednesday, December 19, 2007


The temperature here has been around zero and below everyday for almost a week. The ground is covered with an increasingly thick layer of frost. Even though it's only been around minus 3 degrees and it's dry without any wind, it feels bitterly cold. Maybe a few inches of snow on the ground would help take the bite out of the air, but I don't think there's any in the forecast.

I walked down the River Ness to the Ness Islands park on Sunday - some tiny islands reached by footbridge and connnected by footbridges as well. It's a nifty park - just trees and paths, but there's also benches made out of slabs of wood twisted into interesting shapes. I was the only person there without at least one dog.

I went wandering around town after dark last night to look at the Christmas lights. Apart from in the town centre where the city had put them up, there wasn't a lot of outdoor lights. Unless I happened to catch a glimpse of someone's Christmas tree through their window, there were no lights except for maybe two houses. It doesn't seem to be a big thing in town like it is at home.

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