You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind’s blowing…

Leaving work at five this evening my heart was lifted that it was the first time this year that I was leaving work in the daylight.  Hands up, five is a bit early to be finishing work and it is only on Tuesday that I leave that early.  Even so it has been in the dark of late and it was in the light.  It was the first time I noticed the Observatoire Sunday 11 January 2009change in the light as a result of passing the equinox on 22nd December.  Today has also been the first day above zero for the best part of a week.  It has just been too unpleasant to go out because of the cold.  I know that here in Strasbourg we have not had the monopoly on the cold as this cold snap has swept through cenrtal Europe and southern England.  Also, for me, this started with New Years Eve in Vienna which Pont Corbeauwas well below zero.  Picture on the left is of JTO outside the park surrounding the Observatoire showing the frost on the trees.  The park really contains an observatory as well as a planitarium open to the public.  The picture on the right is looking over the pont Corbeau to the place Corbeau and the Cour de Courbeau an old inn, the Hôtellerie du Corbeau (14th C, picturesque courtyard), once a posting station, where many notable people stayed between the 16th and 18th centuries, including Frederick the Great in 1740.  Criminals were sewn into sacks and thrown from the bridge and witches were dunked in the river or thrown off the bridge, according to who you listen to.

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One Response to “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind’s blowing…”

  1. Blowing in the wind « The Flashing Blade Says:

    […] in the wind By theflashingblade A previous post had talked about the freeze and included pictures of steam […]

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