We got a real winter this year. It started a week ago with a very pretty hoarfrost.
The famous tree in front of my balcony
Then the temperatures demonstrated how far they can get down when they really want. The record was -24°C on the night to Tuesday. And I seem the only one to like
such temperatures, lol.View from the kitchen window (zoomed in a bit)
We got a bit snow, too. I took a few pics when it fell at night. The ones I took with a flash make the snow flakes sparkle; it's a very pretty effect.Snowfall at night
It's not enough for skiing, though. There is more snow in the Harz, but since I only have the weekends to myself these days, and the Harz is overrun by tourists who can't drive in winter, I haven't been there yet.Snow on my balcony
It's still very cold. It makes you wonder how people in pre-central heating times coped with winters like this. Those castles must have been freezing cold - the fireplaces were not enough to warm the large halls, though maybe the cooks were happy. Alianore has a post
about some cold winters during the time of Edward II.Trees in the garden after sunset
According to the forecast, the cold will stay with us a bit longer. Some more snow would be nice, of course, but you can't have everything. It's a lot more winter
than I got those last years, and I missed it.