The snow arrived on Tuesday.
It's still here.
Along with ice.
And a cold, bitter wind.
And frankly, Shire folk aren't accustomed to riding out
this kind of winter weather.
At least not the Shire folk in this house.
Cecil Williams' photo "Icicles"
But there's always a silver lining to every situation,
and if it were not for such cold,
we'd never have ice castles.
And there are some real ones out there.
Somewhere in Scandinavia:
shown on www.daftpop.wordpress.com
Saranac Lake, New York, 1987:
Here's one of the Disney Castle, Times Square New York:
Lake Louise, British Columbia
And if you really are smitten with the romance of an ice castle,
you might be able to spend the night in one.
Here's one from Quebec's Hotel de Glace
I have a feeling a couple of animal skins
just wouldn't be enough for some of us.