Another bright sunny day greeted us this morning as The Dog and I set off for our morning ramble. Still very cold but only a light breeze, when this happens on a Sunday it’s known as ‘good flying weather’ in some quarters. There seemed to be even less warmth in the sun today than there was yesterday. Yesterday we hurried through any shady patches we encountered along the way. Today it didn’t seem to make much difference, the air was cold and, although bright and cheerful, the sun didn’t seem to be adding any warmth to the day.
Once again the air was clear and the mountains were thrown into sharp relief. Some of the mountains we see are part of the Lake District – Skiddaw and all that – some of them are part of the Pennines. This morning we went all the way round the block and at one point in our walk, I thought I recognised the form of the hills the other side of the Solway estuary, over in Scotland, this is the first time I’ve seen them since we moved here.
While it’s quite pretty having snow on the mountains this early in winter, there is a more serious point to be considered. If the snow stays there and more snow falls, as winter progresses, the depth of snow will build up and the pressure will solidify the lower layers, it will form ice and start to slide down the mountain side as a glacier. Luckily for us Carlisle is directly in the glacier’s path and so when Carlisle disappears this should tell us that something is amiss. Of course, when the trains can’t get all the way into Carlisle and start terminating at Wetheral we won’t notice, but when they move the terminus to Brampton we won’t get any trains on our part of the line any more and this will be a warning to us that all is not well.
Of course, we might get the odd mammoth wandering past before this – which could be a good clue.