Arvid`s winter garden, Lista. This photo taken on the 7th of January 2010 shows my house and part of my garden on a clear and fosty winter day. Until right before Christmas 2009 I had both roses and clematises flowering in my garden. Then came the north eastern winds along bringing us real winter for the first time in many many years. And snow for Christmas. Christmas 2009 was the ninth White Christmas at Lista in the last 50 years. So it doesn`t happen very often. Now the odd thing is that temperatures have been around 0 and below; mostly below ,down to -11C, ever since. And there seems to be no end to it. This is very unusual at Lista. But most of Europe has been affected. Although we have had an alltime low of -23C here during the war and -18C in"my time", it has never been this protracted before as I can remember. It seldom lasts more than a week or so at the most. I must admit that it has had me a bit worried for my plants. Luckily there is a thick snow cover. Usually there is barefrost here, which would have been a disaster under these circumstances. I hate this, and I hope it will never happen again. Fortunately I`ll be on my way to India come Feb 2nd.
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