hunkered down

It’s not often that our weather — and the inevitable attendant bridge closures — makes the national news, but it must be a slow day at the European Summit. It has been a slow day here at any rate, while we hunker down out of the storm.

And, yes, I am a bit slow to post to my blog as well. On the “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” principle, I am a bit tongue-tied at the moment! If I open my mouth, the only things which seem to come out are curses upon the university, its undergraduates and certain courses with which I am associated. Well, one course in particular. To be fair, we have an excellent new course coordinator in the department; it is the faculty which drives me to bad language.

However, we managed to take a couple of days off at the beginning of the week and went down to Durham to do some Christmas shopping, eat out and generally relax. It sort of worked! Fortunately we got the bright and sunny part of the week, so it was a pleasure to be out and about in a lovely city. Sadly, one is not permitted to take photographs in the cathedral, so I can’t bring you images of their fabulous point twill columns and arches (ooh look, there are some here and here). I will just share this picture of Prebends Bridge:

And I thought we had maxed out on scaffolding. I must say that today I am feeling pretty glad that the roof had its major overhaul this summer. This is exactly the kind of weather that calls for a healthy roof. Fingers crossed.

hunkered down” was posted by Cally on 8 Dec 2011 at

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3 Responses

  1. Trapunto
    | Reply

    Those pictures are amazing. Well, I meant the ones of the storm but Durham cathedral is amazing too–the arches make a nice juxtaposition with the blown-down modern masonry wall!

  2. Kerstin
    | Reply

    Thank you for taking the worst out of it! When it arrived here it was fairly tame… only a couple of trees came down near us 🙂

    • Cally
      | Reply

      Our trees were fine last week, but yesterday’s winds brought a big branch down from a tree over the road. Rather glad that S had put the car in the garage!

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