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Tracking Abingdon’s Snow

Tracking Abingdon Snow
This morning I identified some of the tracks in the snow that had been frozen overnight. What I think we have here are geese, dogs. and humans.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
Morning sunshine soon raised temperatures from below zero and the snow and ice started to melt.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
The frozen snow on the four quadrants of Abingdon Market Place also began to thaw.

There were lots of people about in Abingdon as it was a Saturday but that did not include the large group of runners normally to be seen drinking coffee after the Abingdon Park run. The Parkrun had been cancelled because of the slippery conditions, like the bin lorries were cancelled yesterday.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
We dropped into the Guildhall to check how things were progressing. The Abbey Cinema had Mary Queen of Scots and Live Rugby: Ireland V England (a sell out event partnered with Loose Cannon Brewery).

The Guildhall has an open day in 2 weeks time to show off the other rooms after refurbishment (Roysse, Council Chamber, Abbey, and Bear Room). There will be displays and information about how they can cater for weddings etc.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
By evening, on the Market Place, only the quadrant shaded by the County Hall was still under a cover of snow and ice.

Leave a Comment February 2, 2019

Abingdon Changed by Snow

Abingdon Transformed by Snow
We woke this morning, in Abingdon, to see that everything had been changed by overnight snow. The Market Place was not grey but white.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The fields were no longer green, but white, and that made the River Thames look darker.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The clay tiles on the almshouse roof had been covered with a layer of snow.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The snow clung onto the side of the trunks of trees.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
Some people enjoyed the snow. Others were not so sure. It was not only white but also cold and wet and very slippery in places.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
Very soon, however, the town council workmen started clearing the snow by throwing salt on the pathways, across the Market Place. The Vale District Council workers started clearing the snow off some other pavements in the town centre. As a result the recycling collectors did not come and empty our grey bins today. They were probably busy clearing snow. Or maybe they had the day off like some of the schools.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
More snow fell later during the day. It was not so firm, and good for snowballs, as the overnight snow, and it made the pavements slushy. Out in the fields, near Abingdon, the snowfall did not worry the sheep.

6 Comments February 1, 2019

First snow of winter in Abingdon

There were a couple of flurries of heavy snow in Abingdon this afternoon, the first snow of winter.
First snow
Here is what it looked like in front of the boarded up Abbey House.
First snow
This is how it looked at Trendell’s Folly.
First snow
This is how it looked on Abingdon Market Place, where Cats Protection had a gazebo, ‘brr!’

9 Comments January 23, 2019

Like the mist, that time of year has crept up on us again

Abingdon Mist
There has been some mist over the last couple of days here in Abingdon, and it feels a little colder.
Abingdon Mist
Like a mist, that time of year has crept up on us again – the time that is so exciting for children, filled with expectation.

3 Comments November 24, 2018

Contrails on an Evening Sky

Just some of the pictures from a walk across Albert Park this evening …
Abingdon Marathon 2018
A jet leaves a vapour trail across the sky.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The contrails (condensation trails)  have added to the evening cloud.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The three bells in St Michael’s bell tower silhouetted with evening sky behind.

1 Comment October 24, 2018

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