Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Post Christmas Meteorological Update

Was your Christmas wonderful? I hope so. We had a nice, quiet Christmas here in Illinois and now I'm taking the time to get lots of things done around the house.

Here's a video for you to watch. This whiteout happened just before Christmas but we've had lots of them this year and lots of hoarfrost also. Hoarfrost is the fairyland effect. More about that tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day.


Lisa D. said...

I was thinking of you Suzanne, last week, and your mentioning of the Turducken awhile ago.
The BBC had a program called the Victorian Farm, and a few episodes were the Victorian Farm Christmas. There were 3, two men and one woman, who lived in an old farmhouse, on an estate, as Victorian farmers. Ruth made a traditional Christmas Pie, which was a deep dish lined with pastry, then stuffing, then a deboned duck, and chicken and quail breast. There may have been the breast of one more small bird I think. This would not have been a dish made by farmers as it would have been a very extravagant dish to make. I think it started in Tudor times, and it could be done with goose sometimes too. Anyway, it's a very interesting program and reminded me of you - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Suzanne said...

Oh Lisa, I've seen the other "House" shows. The farm show is probably the same. One was based on families living on the prairie somewhere, there was another of people living as Jamestown-type settlers. They are fascinating to say the least. Actually, when interviewed afterwards, the children were the ones who lamented coming back into modern life. Why? Too many choices they said and living in close proximity and relying on each other daily created a closeness not possible in modern life.

I'm reading Bill Bryson's new book entitled, "At Home" (how apropos!) and he gives all kinds of history based on every room in our house. It's fascinating. The Victorians and earlier served TREMENDOUS amounts of food. He lists menus that stagger the mind. They spent up to 60 percent of their income on food.

Renae said...

I can't even imagine! My sister is in Seattle right now and says she's never been so cold in her life. I don't want to imagine how much colder it must be in Illinois!

Anonymous said...

I just can't believe the difference in weather from last year to this one. Don't know if it's the same in Illinois, but here in KS last year we had a blizzard, and this year not an ounce of snow. I actually really miss it.

I, too, am getting so much done around the house, and on the farm. That is the one nice thing about not having snow!

Lisa D. said...

I've seen some of those other programs too. The Victorian Farm is a little different. The three who participated are an historian, an archeologist, and I forget the specialty of the third. So it's a little more historically accurate, more like when you visit a pioneer village type place. With people demonstrating how people used to live. I find all the historical tidbits fascinating - my husband calls me nerdy! :)