Saturday, December 18, 2010
Awards amid winter's weary snaa
My good friend Terry Conway who lives up in Allendale, wrote a wonderful song called Winter's Weary Snaa and the last verse and chorus goes like this (to be read in a broad Northumbrian accent)
This white stuff is a corse, ye pluff it aal in vain
And then ye find yon corsed wind
Has blaan it back again
I've often thowt meself
Heid doon against the sting
The squirrels has the best idea
Gan beep po's till the spring
Why man it makes ye bad
Tae hear the aaful blaa
Of yonder ca'ad north eatern wind
That drives the winter snaa
I guess you might need a tad of translation: Corsed -cursed, pluff - plough, beep po's - to sleep
Terry is semi retired now but used to be a snow plough driver across the Northumbrian fells, so you can imagine that this song is very heartfelt. I get very cross when people on telly complain about the lack of help from the authorities in this awful weather. Let them have a go and they'd soon see it ain't that easy.
What has this to do with the Award for Best Boater's Accessory? We had some great wintery suggestions form readers.
Is it the hot water bottle I suggested, and Carrie warmly endorsed in her comment?
Is it the fantastic battery powered tiller hand warmer that Sue on Indigo Dream has? (I want one)
Is it the Eco fan that wafts the warm stove heated air round the boat as suggested by Rick? By the way Rick it doesn't work by peristalsis but by placebo effect.
No it has to be the camera. How else could show you today's snow, and reminders of warmer times like this favourite from earlier this year. I call it The Driving Lesson.