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Hit by a Buick


The news today has been full of the untimely arrival of the Buicks, which confused me mightily until I saw it in print. Bewick. As in Bewick’s Swan.

Every year, a few hundred of the feathery bastards flee Siberia to balmy England in Fall. Their arrival is a herald of the start of Winter.

A herald. I haven’t checked the woolly caterpillar forecast yet.

Anyhoo, this year they arrived earlier than ever, which everyone agrees is a sign of Deep Shit. It’s one of several Bad Signs for the coming Winter, not least of which that it is effing cold already.

Meh. Not ready.

I sometimes wonder if this is why global warming was such an easy sell in the UK: wishful thinking.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 13, 2015, 9:48 pm

Is the picture above an example of your photoshop mastery?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 13, 2015, 11:05 pm

Lots of foreboding going on over here about the coming winter.

It’s not helped by news that the Euro-hippies have forced the shutdown of the few remaining coal-fired power power stations to such an extent that we’re hovering around a blackout safety margin in very small single percentage figures.

Thanks, Greenies.

Today, Her Stoatliness and I drove past a (large) local windfarm. There was a high breeze. It was switched off. They have to do that when the wind is strong enough to disperse a gnat’s fart, otherwise they ‘splode.

And people wonder why the Mustelids like the past so much…

Comment from Pupster
Time: October 13, 2015, 11:40 pm

We busted out the winter clothes last weekend, we are new Minnesotans.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: October 14, 2015, 12:06 am

Had a bit in indian summer here in eastern Canada over the weekend…getting colder and rainier now.

Been seeing quite a few of those fuzzy black and orange/brown caterpillars…does it mean something?

Geenies = Watermellons…green on the outside, red on the inside.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: October 14, 2015, 12:51 am

I live in the mountains of Colorado. While tonight the San Luis Valley has its first freeze warning, we were in the 80’s today and the lowest nighttime forecast in the future for us is in the high 40’s. We are still getting tomatoes and the morning glories are still blooming.

I have a feeling that when winter does hit, it is going to be a bugger.

Mind you, our Green Fascists are shutting down every power plant they can, too.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 14, 2015, 1:21 am

Here in Sarasota, Florida, it cooled off a bit. The high was 86°F or 30°C. Socks weather.

My hypothesis on winter weather forecasting is that as the watermelon warmistas’ red:green ratio tends towards the red end of their spectrum, temperate and more northerly climes are likely to see more white, flaky global warming in the coming winter.

Comment from Nina
Time: October 14, 2015, 3:06 am

It was 96 here today. On my birthday. IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE 96 ON MY BIRTHDAY.

It’s so very wrong, I’d welcome some Buicks landing nearby.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: October 14, 2015, 3:36 am

Nina, you share your birthday with THE UNITED STATES NAVY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you! Big Badger Boat salute to Nina and the Navy! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_5IH-9lZ7b0

Comment from Mitchell
Time: October 14, 2015, 5:34 am

Blargh. We matched the record high of 95 here in Vegas. It’s mid-October for crying out loud. I want summer to die so, so badly.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 14, 2015, 11:11 am

Happy Birthday, Nina! 🙂

Comment from Nina
Time: October 14, 2015, 2:04 pm

I sure do, Scott! You can tell my caliber of friends by the number of times I saw something about that posted on fb yesterday!

Thanks, Unk. This is the last year of my 50s, and I’m rooting for the next four to go by fast so I can start a loooong retirement.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 14, 2015, 2:31 pm

Subotai, I treasure my memories of the San Luis Valley in CO, which I visited on a road trip down from Denver in ’98. How are The Oldest Town in Colorado ™ and the Great Sand Dunes?

It’s still too damn warm here in Da Swamp as well: 84 F. today (though drier than usual). The weather people on TV keep chortling about a “cold” front for the weekend. Bah. 73 F. as a high, in mid-October, does not qualify as a cold front.

Oh, and happy birthday, Nina.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: October 14, 2015, 3:43 pm

This is the American version https://www.dropbox.com/s/nhpvlv7gql6y3jl/bewick%20swan%20small.jpg?dl=0

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 14, 2015, 6:21 pm

OT: You would all be proud of me. Someone has been posting Bernie Sanders flyers on windshields outside my office with various talking points about his positions. I took a red marker and under “BERNIE 2016,” I added in big letters “A COMMUNIST IS A COMMUNIST,” and marked “CR*P” next to his “Climate Change” section.

I put it back on my windshield on the sidewalk side, so people strolling by can see it. When I leave work, I’ll put it on someone else’s windshield.

Comment from p2
Time: October 14, 2015, 8:15 pm

trade ya my winter for yours…. already had 12 inches of snow and was without power for 4 days…. doesnt bode well for january…..

Comment from LesterIII
Time: October 14, 2015, 10:19 pm

I’m ready for 15F and sunny, but I’ll settle for the first hard frost.

I. Am. Fucking. DONE. With. Mosquitos.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 14, 2015, 10:59 pm

@technochitlin – LOVE the Buick! Complete with Cruiserline Ventiports!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: October 15, 2015, 1:20 pm

Nina, 16″/50 caliber?

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