Whilst looking for my old Murmansk writings (more later) I found this unpublished blog post from winter 2004/5:
Finally for the 3rd time, I have learnt not to write on the weblog and disconnect the internet to save money. It’s possible to do, but not if your ISDN connection crashes your computer like ours does. One more Greek thing I have never got fixed.
The weather forecast is predicting snow for the week and the skiers are believing it. So far it has been a very mild winter with only one hard frost, judging by the car windscreen. Last year I ignored the warnings and came back from work in the dark at to find 3 inches of snow, the buses had stopped and mobile networks overloaded. I found myself walking in a blizzard with just shoes and a thin coat. Eventually I called out a neighbour to rescue me. There were power cuts and the water froze because I felt guilty leaving the tap running. Everything stopped, though we were lucky as the digger which parks across from our house cleared the road. Later they said that the water consumption in
was 3 times normal because of the leaks when pipes thawed and the running taps. As a result there were water shortages everywhere, as they tried to restrict consumption. Athens
My friend Jennifer said to stock up with food for the week. Difficult to know what is useful if there is no electricity or water. Settled for matches and torch batteries, plus veggies for soup, a pannetone (reduced after Christmas) and bottled water. Assume the minimarket one minute away will be open as usual for anything else. We have never used the fireplace to see if it works properly so didn’t bother with firelighters and wood. In any case we have a tiny camping gas stove for making hot drinks. We have a power cut once a week with an overload, which means waiting to find a key to grandma who lives in the basement where the reset switch is, so we are well used to this. I guess we can fill the kettle and the bath so we can flush the loo. Then we will be just like the flat in
we stayed in one weekend, where the bath was full of water, so you couldn’t wash, and the place was full of large bottles of water. From that we deduced that that the water was supplied only some hours a day, but we never found a problem ourselves. Chernovtsy
Parked the car in the worst possible place for snow: my “official” place in the basement of a concrete shell. It’s great for shade in summer and to keep off the rain which always brings with it orange dust (not sure whether it is pollution or sand from the
Saharaas the rumours say). But for snow the ramp will be slippery and there are now so many cards parked that the turn out at the top of the ramp will be dangerous in snow.
Can’t decide what to do about the plants on the balcony, so end up merely photographing them, to prove they were there, but they are too dark to be useful and it’s too late in the day to take some more. Last year most of them were wiped out. The kumquats are still producing and the bad lemon has suddenly decided to flower, probably to spite the good lemon whose fruit are refusing to go yellow. The weigela is flowering despite no leaves and the hydrangea has lots of leaf buds. The bourgainvillea and geraniums are flowering like summer. The “house plants” are already inside and no room for more, so I don’t know what to do.
I don't think the snow materialised. But we did have snow for Christmas Day in Ljubljana. More later.