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Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:41 am Post

For a lot of people, 2017 has been a hard year. Whether you are one of them or not, here is hoping 2018 is better.
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:45 am Post

Love, dreams, and best wishes to Devin et al.

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:32 pm Post

From a white, snowy but not very cold northern Sweden...

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:38 pm Post

Happy New Year from disgustingly sunny and warm Southern California! Here's our own native, festive winter chapparral shrub, Toyon (California Holly), for which Hollywood was named.
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:18 pm Post

We have a very different Christmas and New Years environment from you. This is the view from our kitchen, three days ago. Since then we have got about 10 -15 cm (4-6 inches) more snow. But it's warm. Only 1-2 degrees below freezing.

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:44 pm Post

Love the view from the kitchen. [I'm allergic to ABBA.]

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:00 pm Post

@Lunk, your view looks like a Christmas card!
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:07 pm Post

@Silverdragon.
You should see our snowy outdoor christmas tree with its lights when it’s dark outside, which it is most of the time...

(sunrise today 9:27, sunset 13:53)
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:23 pm Post

Sounds lovely! But I must admit that because I've lived most of my life in warm climates, I don't necessarily associate cold with Christmas/New Year, and can admire but not miss what I've seldom experienced.

Think of looking at palm trees wound with Christmas lights, while sitting on a beach chair watching a sunset over the Pacific . If I'm lucky I see some seasonal rain clouds moving in, to put an end to the firestorms. If I'm luckier, they won't produce floods or mudslides. That's my winter. :D
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:49 pm Post

I can’t imagine living a life without real winter, with snow, but then again I have always lived like that. And the short days are part of this, which means it’s mostly dark outside, except that the snow makes it lighter, reflecting moonshine, the few street lights, or the lights from the town 4 km away reflecting from the clouds.

But eventually the summer comes along, when the time between sunset and sunrise is only a 3-4 hours and it never gets dark during the night. So from one extreme to another. That’s life this far north.

But right now we enjoy the snow and the lights in the dark.

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:58 pm Post

What is the object next to the dog? Do you get any/good mobile phone coverage if you are so far from a town? Or are you in a village that has its own mast?

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:52 pm Post

We only have cell phones. We got rid of the landline this autumn because we never used it. Almost all of Sweden is covered by 4G mobile net, although more remote parts may only have 3G or EDGE. We actually use cell phones when we are away hunting, about 10 km from the nearest village.

Our small village (can you call 20 houses a village?) is situated about 4 km from the nearest town, which has about 2000 inhabitants, and 60 km from the nearest city (Umea) which has just over 80 000 living in it.

Ah, the two vehicles? It is mine parked to the left (where the dog is standing) and my wife just came back from a "walk" with the dog using the other one. I don't know if there is an English name for it. Kicksled, perhaps? It has metal skids which you can stand on with one foot and then you kick your way forward with the other. With well plowed winter roads (no sand or salt) you can travel much faster and further than by walking, especially down slopes :D

We use them instead of bicycles during winter.

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Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:18 am Post

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and lovely literary New Year from Middelburg, The Netherlands.
No snow here due to climate change, but our hearts are warm and our pens are willing to write.

Peace!
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:18 am Post

lunk wrote:We only have cell phones...


Wish the UK's coverage was as good as it is in Sweden. We have so many not-spots, where there is no coverage at all. We rarely use the landline because we can use wifi-calling on our mobiles, but that means we need a broadband connection, which is provided by the landline (there's no cable around here). Catch 22.

I assume you have cable for your home-internet connection. Or you can just tether the iPhone's 4G?

Ah, it's a kicksled. Would like to try one of those.

AnnaRos wrote:...but our hearts are warm and our pens are willing to write.


HNY, but surely you should be reaching for Scrivener rather than a pen.

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Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:34 am Post

Bridey wrote:I assume you have cable for your home-internet connection. Or you can just tether the iPhone's 4G?.


Yes, the village decided to fix its own optical cable net before we moved here, today potentially running 100 Gb/s, which make my home WiFi pretty fast. I am writing this on my iPad and the connection with the router says 300 MB/s.
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