Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas card 2009


The Cannon Hill boating lake has frozen over in the current cold snap.  Birmingham is fortunate to have had just enough snow and just enough sun to make this kind of weather pleasant.  For walking in the park, anyway.  Although, the Canada Geese are angrier than usual.  Blaming passers by for the frozen lake.  And frustrated geese lack Christmas spirit.

If you're somewhere that has had far more snow, and your life has been as disrupted as that of the geese, you have my sympathy.  But I hope you'll forgive me posting a pretty picture.

After all, a significant number of the real Christmas cards I've received so far feature pictures of snow.  It's unusual in Britain to have actual snowfall so close to Christmas Day.  So how could I resist using this icy image to accompany my virtual card? 

Whatever the weather with you, I hope you have a happy Christmas. 

12 comments:

Timberati said...

Mary and I are on the east coast of the US with Mary's family--20 inches of snow on the ground.

Merry Christmas K!

Timberati said...

Love the photo and the fact you know they are Canada geese.

postcardsfromk said...

Oh dear, Norm. I hope you're coping with the weather and managing to keep warm.

Canada geese are so common in Britain I doubt anyone could not know them! The park by me is over run by introduced species from North America.

The geese are loud, agressive and messy. The grey squirrels are fat and cheeky. Do you have any more pleasant species you could send us for Christmas?

There was an utterly charming robin following me as I walked, but he was camera shy and wouldn't model for my Christmas card picture.

K

Lexi said...

Think outside the box, K!

Mug a goose and take it home for Christmas dinner. That'll show it. And squirrel paté for starters, mmm, lovely.

postcardsfromk said...

I fear the geese though. They work as a gang and I'm certain they'd retaliate...

Lexi said...

Pish tush, K.

Start small. Shout BOO! and run away briskly. Work up gradually till you can separate one goose from the gang, then pounce on it. Tust me, it won't be so brave on its own.

postcardsfromk said...

Thank you for making me laugh! I could do the shouting bit, but I don't excel at running or pouncing. Shall have to live and let live.
K

Timberati said...

We also have alligators, crocodiles, several types poisonous snakes and one species of poisonous lizard. We let you lot off lucky with those cute and fuzzy gray squirrels.

We now have boa constrictors--non-native, I might add--squeezing the life out of animals in the Florida Everglades, nutria (an ugly rodent) clogging swamps, and other problematic critters I don't recall at the moment. Count your blessings. You got off lucky.

Besides, gray squirrel is quite tasty (I'm told).

Chipmunks roasting on an open fire
hot sauce dripping from their toes...


Merry Christmas. May the new year bring you joy and love.

postcardsfromk said...

Norm, there are few things in this world I am actually afraid of, but alligators and crocodiles fit that category. I forbid mention of their names on this blog. And other reptilitan types can leave off too!
Ok, ok, the geese and squirrels can stay. I won't eat any of them for Christmas dinner. The geese have my sympathy for the loss of their small pool in Birmingham, but I understand there are several large lakes in Canada and, should they wish to return, I would understand entirely.

Merry Christmas
K

Timberati said...

I'll not mention the Kodiak or grizzly bears.

Timberati said...

We would be Christmas dinner for grizzlies and Kodiaks.

postcardsfromk said...

Fortunately I don't think those bears would adapt to the lack of wilderness in Britain! It's probably cold enough for them at the moment though...