The first significant snow fall for about a decade has coincided with a cold snap that has meant the snow has laid for longer and on the pavements has thawed and re-frozen to form sheet ice. A short walk today saw me perform feats of acrobatic skill just to stay on my feet.

A happy co-incidence is that my weather station has been up and running though this time, so I’ve been able to get a pretty accurate idea of the temperature outdoors. The digital thermometer was calibrated against a very good mercury-in-glass-thermometer, so I’m pretty confident that overnight we got down below -5.5C and only reached above freezing when the sensor was in direct sunlight (something I need to fix).

I like collecting and analysing data, I’m a scientist, it’s what I do. So adding a few more sensors to the garden and pulling the data into a database seems like a sensible thing to do. More to come in 2023 I think.

Seaside postcards

I went to Eastbourne for my birthday.

Seagull on a post
Knitted postbox cover with a seal, crab, boat and something else.
Eastbourne pier

I’m rather liking the camera on the Google Pixel 6, it’ll never match what I can do with my SLR, but I don’t carry the SLR around much anymore because phone cameras have got so good.