We all get excited about a little bit of snow (especially in Ireland where this is so rare) and probably find it amusing that people sometimes assume all of Europe will be covered by a blanket of snow over the winter months. But all this white loveliness isn’t entirely pretty. Have you ever thought about the sheer quantities of salt used for winter gritting to keep roads clear? Continue reading “Snow & pollution – winter gritting”
… you haven’t heard from in a while.
As it gets disproportionally harder to get out of bed in the mornings now that we are losing a couple of minutes of daylight every day, think of those who may suffer from any kind of mild depression or who may be a little lonely – or whom we just haven’t heard from in a while. It’s certainly most difficult to second guess who may be in a dark place, just think of Robin Williams.
Who could say for certain which of our friends, acquaintances or former colleagues may be affected? Not necessarily in a way that they won’t be able to cope with but still I would much rather prefer to have checked and spent a few minutes for a phone call than feeling sorry.
I know we’re all somewhat in denial but undoubtedly winter is coming as storms send more and more leaves tumbling from trees. Aside from the excitement about Halloween and Christmas (which admittedly helps to see us through), it’s quite a long stretch until spring. Here ten tips to make sure we all come out the other end:
When I was a child we often took in small hedgehogs that still weren’t in hibernation at this time of the year. I have a distinct memory of one hedgehog running around in the living room under the Christmas tree on Christmas Day, he had never gone into hibernation.