February 2010

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Yes after 9 weeks of nothing but snow it is finally melting, yippee!! All I have seen since the 15th December is snow, no green grass, soil, nothing so to wake up this morning and to see the snow and ice rapidly melting is fantastic.

I know it’s still winter and we will have days when it’s very cold but, I think we have seen the last of the snow now until next winter, famous last words I know but today has really made me happy and so looking forward to spring which is only a few days away now!

Cold and Harsh

I was thinking lately too about the amount of snow we have had here and to tell you the truth I don’t think I have ever experienced this much snow, not even when I was a kid back in the UK in the 60’s and 70’s. I have been here for 3 winters now and this is by far the worst, not with the cold but the amount of the white stuff we have had. The last winter was very cold but not a lot of the white stuff and the 1st winter here was just like a typically British winter, reasonably mild and not a great deal of snow, but this winter, well it has made up for it that’s for sure!

As you can see from the following pictures I have been a little fed up of all this snow so wanted to build a snow home. Not satisfied with one home I decided to make another!

Snow home

Hole in the snow

Anyway I am keeping everything crossed that I don’t see any snow fall until next winter, I have had enough of the white stuff to last me a lifetime.

I am in the middle of writing an e-book about Easter, why we celebrate, what we eat and traditions are all going to be covered. I had hoped to have it completed by the end of this month but, due to other circumstances it will now be ready the 2nd week of March. Hopefully I will still have time to promote it and sell it that’s why I am posting about it on my blog. I will post snippets from it as I go along (I know I haven’t posted anything about “My Life” yet, I will!) Anyway heres a snippet:

Thank the Germans

It was the Germans who sort of “invented” the tradition of Easter that we all celebrate now and in particular the Easter Bunny. Alsace and south-western Germany were the places where it was first written about in the 1600s, but it wasn’t until the early 1800s that the first edible Easter Bunnies were made.

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny made its way across the Atlantic to America with the early German settlers who arrived in the country during the 1700s.

Anyway I hope people are interested in buying the e-book when it is finished, maybe you could show you’re interest by commenting below.

During the early hours of this morning our excellent GB team won their first gold medal of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. It’s the first gold in 30 years at these winter games and was won by a young lady by the name of Amy Williams in the women’s skeleton. I tried to stay awake but, sadly didn’t so I saw the highlights this morning. Amy also beat the Germans into 3rd place so I now have something to brag about to my German partner!!

I know we aren’t a nation of winter sports lovers so I don’t think we were expecting any medals let alone a gold, but, through true British grit and determination we managed one and it makes me very proud to be British.

Congrats to Amy and the GB team, lets hope it’s the 1st of many!!

For the last 12 months I have been toying with the idea of writing a small autobiography based on the last few years of my life.

I am not rich or famous, or a son of someone rich or famous I am just an ordinary Joe like the billions of other “Joe’s” on this wonderful planet, but I have a tale to tell.

Basically I went from job security to nothing in 11 months, found myself in a big black pit which kept me firmly entrenched in there for quite a while no matter what I tried to do to get out, then finally managing to pull myself out of there and starting a fresh not only with my personal and private life but my career path too.

I don’t know if anyone would be interested in reading it, I know I would, but there are some things I need to get of my chest and this is one way. Who knows might end up being a No1! I am originally going to write it as an e-book and self publish but who knows, a publishing firm might snap it up.

What I will do as I write the book is include snippets for everyone to read so if you are interested stay tuned….

I am sat here in my little old house, it’s minus 6 outside but because there’s a stiff North wind blowing it makes it minus 12 with the windchill, I have an oil filled heater at the side of me as we don’t have central heating in this 300 year old house and my damn fingers are freezing and making it hard to write!!

When I was a kid I remember the windows all having a coating of ice on them in winter as there was no such thing as central heating and double glazed windows. The warmest place in the house was either the kitchen if my mum was cooking or the living room which had a coal fire. I remember trying to light it one day when I was a kid and ended up setting fire to the rug! God I got walloped for that!

Well we have double glazed windows in the house here but no central heating. Instead we have wall heaters and some oil filled ones which are mobile so I can put them around the house if I want. Thing is the prices for electricity are ridicious here in Sweden, the last bill for the month of Jan was over 200 quid! And that was for a month, the robbing bastards. Wouldn’t be so bad if I had heating in all the rooms but I don’t! During the day it’s the living room that has heating on then at night the bedroom, in between I put the heating on in the bathroom as I don’t want to get out of the shower into a freezing cold room!! I mean would you??

I just can’t wait for spring now. Sometimes I wish I could hibernate for the winter like a bear can, but I can’t I have to grin and bear it! I was thinking earlier, I have had snow on the ground since the 15th of December!!! Last time I saw snow for that long was when I was a kid! Should I blame it on Global Warming??

Anyway rant over with, another coffee is on the cards then a quick warm of my pinkies then back to writing.

It’s a hard life for us writers!!!

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