Wednesday, February 20, 2008

We are, quite definitely, *learning*.

Hoar frost n. Radiation frost (also called hoar frost or hoarfrost) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when radiation losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.

That was the view from our SW-facing window this morning - much the same as it was yesterday. The frost hadn't dissipated, only thickened overnight. We wanted to go out and try to get some decent pics of the detail of it, but by the time we were ready to go the sun had done its job:

We did find a little sign of spring, one solitary dandelion sheltering against the house wall:

And a rather bigger sign of our current 'home ed project':

A new bathroom suite, patiently waiting out there in the garden room for us to learn how to plumb it into the bathroom. Sadly, we broke the car in the process of bringing it home, so that's two sort of major home ed projects on the go.

I'm starting with the Ladybird book there and hoping to work my way up to the Haynes Manual. The other book is a 'how to' guide to plumbing in a loo. Get a screwdriver... disconnect the pipe.. Oh. Switch the water off first. Hmmm. Wish us luck!


Blogger Elaine said...

Good luck Gill lots and lots of it :)

11:47 pm, February 20, 2008  
Blogger Minnie said...

Snap!! (re model of car) You have maybe inspired me to fix ours, too:O), where might there be a manual?

8:48 am, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

LOL, thanks Elaine :-) The job is underway as we speak!

Min, I got mine (used) for about a tenner from Amazon. Haynes manuals are great if your mind works that way, or if you understand car engines better than I do in the first place I think.

Renault Espaces are great too! I love ours and it very rarely develops problems. I think I'm most glad of the fact the bodywork doesn't rust.

But this current problem is a doozy: a pipe has broken, which takes water from the engine to the water pump. I don't know what it's called to order another one and nor will the engine hold enough water for me to drive it to a garage to be fixed.

And of course we'd spent all our spare cash on the new bathroom when the car broke!

What's up with your Espace Min?

11:14 am, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Minnie said...

Mine is really old (F reg) needs an mot doing. And tax. And insurance!! The cost is a tall order when one has less than £80 a week to manage on, so here I am looking around me wondering what I can sell to fund this little venture.

It'll need a new headlight and brake light bulb to pass the mot. Think the battery could do with a boost, too. An added "attraction" of ours is that the heater doesn't work!! Really not handy when you live in cold, hill billy land. lol. But it has a great cd stereo system in it to help keep your mind off the cold and rain...probably worth more than the car:O)

Still, I love it, too. So much room and they are just so different. We call ours Scooby. We always name our cars. Last car I had I purchased from a copper. surname we called it Sherlock:O)

I will get a manual this week. Bird brain moi spent half an hour today googling for a Peugeot Espace care repair manual. Plonker! Keep forgetting it's a renault. doh

So, you can see that this proposed repair work is going to be a challenge for little me! lol

Sorry, waffled.

5:22 pm, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

I hate that these things cost so much money, Min. If it wasn't for the bureaocracy you could probably afford to get it back on the road quite safely, couldn't you?

Ours needs a brake light too. Have you found a decent online parts supplier of them? I'm looking for one this week, but off to the Renault dealership to check out prices and stock on Saturday.

6:56 pm, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Schuyler said...

I love hoar frost! It makes the mornings feel so sparkly and mysterious and cold, lovely and brisk and cold. I love the way it wraps around all of the spiderwebs on the rubbish and recycling bins and the falling down sheds at the bottom of the garden.

10:40 am, February 29, 2008  
Blogger Gill said...

Yes, it's quite beautiful :-)

1:58 pm, March 05, 2008  

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