It has been cold and snowy as predicted. This means that the virtually no one got to work yesterday and a fair few stayed at home today amid recommendations not to travel unless it is essential. (Quite what constitutes essential is not clear, although for most of my work it is not essentail for me to sit in my office and do it and no self-respecting student would consider it essential that they turn up for a lecture! We have had some watery sunshine today but the temperature was too low for it to melt the ice.
Yesterday I spent some time shovelling snow, which was better than going to the gym and reminded me of my days in Nova Scotia when I used to shovel out the whole drive and the snow drifts came to the top of the windows! Today I wandered out to put some food out for the birds and made some spicey parsnip soup (good to keep you warm!)