Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Frosty Starts.











Frosty starts to our mornings - now that is unusual weather for us. In the last 31 years living here we have probably had a total of 6 frosts; then in 2009 we get 6 in a row. Climate change? ( maybe ) global warming? Whatever; it is GOOD for our Kiwifruit vines - Winter chilling, measured in Richardson units, is good for bud break and also killing off bugs! So most mornings I have been doing inside things till the sun is out and things warm up. Twice the road over the Kaimai Ranges has been closed in the very early hours of the morning - I don't remember that happening before!
Jobs like designing and printing out posters for our Exhibition.
Completing the braided borders for the J Bird quilt. 3 are now on; almost there now.( I don't think I have ever done anything on a quilt that was that time consuming. )
Thank you to the few people who commented about books. I have noted your recommendations and I really liked the idea of free paperbacks being handed out on the tube in London ! ( see comments )
The book I have just read"The Orchard, " by Adele Crocket Robertson was amazing in that it was set in the Great Depression ( of the early 1930s ) in USA , and tells the struggle to keep an apple and peach orchard running in those hard time. Creepily they had the coldest Winter in years - the parallel happenings in it to today were quite remarkable. We might think things are tough right now but maybe we should think again. ( so was that Global warming back then too? )

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oooohhh....that frost looks chilly. Have you heard of Book Crossing? I'm a member, it's fun.

meggie said...

I remember those fierce frosts!! The earth stood on little stalks, where the water content turned to ice! How I marvelled.
I believe the Global Warming is a furphy, & it has happened before... this old world keeps turning. Oh did I really say that on paper??
I have just finished a book by Joy Dettman, called Henry's Daughter. I was compelled to keep reading until I finished it, & felt a mourning at it's ending.

Joyce said...

This year we had about 9 months of frost and snow, the last frost being in June which is very rare. We are thinking it's global cooling, not warming.

andsewitis Holly said...

Yummm kiwi. I love kiwi. I'm one that the library does work for as I only buy one genre of books and check out the rest. Bonus is I live two city blocks from the library! I don't read for pleasure as much as I used to. Next book on my stack is In This Sign by Joanne Greenberg. It's about a family's survival in the silent world of the deaf. I always wished I knew sign language so I know I'm going to enjoy this book.

Isabelle said...

Here it's midsummer. It's so strange to think of winter in other parts of the world. Lovely pictures, though!

Guðrún said...

How "hot" does it get in the day at this time of year?

Molly said...

Wouldn't mind a touch of your frost these mornings here! It starts out hot, it gets hotter, and it barely cools down at all when the sun sets! The Bean's kiwi plant is as tall as he is now, and looking for more stuff to climb on!

julieQ said...

I am glad for your frost if it helps your crops!