Merry Christmas

Posted: December 23, 2013 in This & That
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Merry Christmas!

Well, the winter solstice came and went. The polar nights are practically history, too. Tomorrow the sun will come up again for a few minutes. On these latitudes the polar nights only last for 5 days. I know, you blink and you missed it. Once again, as every year when the subject of polar nights come up in the conversation with my English in-laws, I have to explain that it’s not pitch black all the time and that it actually gets light, sort of, even though the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon. It’s a difficult thing to understand, it seems.

As you can see from the picture, I’ve been busy dunking frozen milk cartons into buckets of hot water to get the ice blocks out. 1.5l milk cartons make ice bricks about the size of real red bricks. An icepie from a cake tin on top and doesn’t it look like an icy temple (for worshiping all things cool)? I was thinking of getting the plushy lion out and taking pictures of snowy trees and ice blocks and calling it Narnia, but I got lazy. I did, however, mix some food colouring in two of the icepie tins and got cool frozen jellies!

The weather has been unusual so far this winter. Usually the winter comes and then it’s winter till next spring. But this time the temperature has been up and down like a yo-yo. It’s just below zero at the moment and it should stay like this for a few days and then they are forecasting rain. Yes, rain. I’ve not experienced rain up in the Arctic on Christmas Day yet. This is the 8th Christmas up here for me and I’ve sort of got used to the idea of cold Christmasses and absolutely no rain. Well, perhaps the forecast is wrong, as it usually is these days, since they use super computers now instead of people. On this cynical note, I wish you a hopeful Christmas and a brave New Year!

  1. Marion says:

    Love the icepies, Happy Christmas to you and hope it’s a good one.
    Weather odd here also, it’s been unseanonably warm! very wet and very windy, coming in from the south west, so maybe it’s heading up to you.

    • Sari says:

      Thanks Marion. I hope you had a nice Christmas time, too. Yes, I think all that warm weather really did come from your general direction 🙂

  2. billiescraftroom says:

    HI Santuu

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. LOVE your ice creations, they are superb!

    No snow downsouth in the UK but storms and flooding a plenty. Thankful our house is on higher ground and escaped the floods but the gales took out quite a bit of fencing and several trees/shrubs.

    Happy Holidays

    Billie 🙂

    • Sari says:

      Hi Billie and thanks. I hope your Christmas was ok despite the gales and floods. I did read about the floods and gales in the news. Luckily you escaped any really bad damage.

  3. Sue Ward says:

    Hope you had a good Christmas and a new year. I just adore those colours in the ice pies. So clever. Sue x

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