Frosty morning in Blarney

Frosty morning in Blarney

Another frosty morning in Blarney, County Cork. I’m glad I work from home. The roads are deadly now. Snow fell in Dublin yesterday and the city practically came to a stand still. It hasn’t snowed in Blarney yet but the roads have been bad. We had a Christmas Day adventure when the car didn’t make it up the hill to our house. We had to leave it on the main road.

Two days ago I did a handbrake turn on the ice to do a turnabout. Wheels were turned right, hand brake was still partially on (by accident!) and when I pressed the accelerator the back wheels stayed in place while the car rotated in place. Thumbs up for front wheel drive cars!

Here in Ireland we’re not prepared for this type of weather going on for so long. Must be almost a month now. So, next year councils, buy boats and dingies for the floods in November, and stockpile salt and grit for the ice and snow in December and January. Please.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 144mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s

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Comments

  • Claude January 7, 2010 Reply

    Nice tones. I like the geometry of the roofs in contrast with the trees in the foreground and the background.

    • John January 8, 2010 Reply

      I agree, the trees in the background add a very nice feel.

  • DaveP January 8, 2010 Reply

    I still prefer RWD (though the 4WD has been engaged a lot lately, since we had freezing rain on Christmas day, and the roads are still messed up). No handbrake needed to spin in a circle, just a judicious use of the throttle. :)

    It all boils down to preparation. The airport in Atlanta Georgia is shut down more frequently for snow than Minneapolis-St. Paul is. (Most) Folks here in Minnesota are used to that strange white stuff you’re seeing.

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