Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Here is sunny Linlithgow we are experiencing what is forecast to be the last of our Halcyon Days: a series of spectacularly clear, perfectly calm, and extremely cold (not above minus six) days with trees covered in snow and hoar frost. I can not remember anything like it - the views and colours have been stupendous.

The bad news is that our heating oil is down pretty much to danger level, and the tanker was forced to turn back yesterday by the icy track (a private road) which leads to us. There is a thaw forecast beginning Sunday, and hopefully by Tuesday the tanker will be able to make the trip.

To add insult to injury, the water outlet to the bathroom is frozen solid as well, so any bath, wash or use of washing machine has to be disposed of by decanting buckets of water down the loo.

The joys of rural life! ......and Scottish standards of insulation and energy efficiency.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Dec 24th, 2010 at 07:28:10 AM EST

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