Back to work I went this morning – no extra time off for the wicked. The wind was fearsome but at least there was no snow on the ground. Yesterday the forecast for snow totals changed hourly but the manservant remained strong in his conviction that it would not snow because he is home! And, of course he was right – he still has not used the shiny red snow shovel which I’ve worn in well.
342 I bought this in China where it cost the equivalent of only a few American dollars. It then cost about $20 here for a special adaptor to make it work properly as the power converter didn’t make it do what I witnessed it doing in that Chinese market! We only get it out at Christmas time – the thing revolves, the lights twinkle & flash and it has Chinese singing. It’s a wonderful conversation piece.
345 – Bloody cold! My shooting hand was frozen – that’s why I jumped at the chance to buy some wrist warmers from Irony. I should be able to pull one low over my hand in-between taking photos.
346 We rented a car and went for a drive in West Virginia. It always sounded so far from Washington DC but the reality is that it is only 1.5 hours drive away! This was a narrow road and the manservant would not stop while I took a shot – so it’s a bit blurry…. but the striations in the clouds and the colour of the sunset were gorgeous.
348 This was the day I went for my mammogram – I got off the train at a station called Foggy Bottom. I always smirk when the drivers announce the station. Are we ever too old for toilet humour? Foggy Bottom sits on the Potomac river and probably got its name from a combination of fog and industrial smoke from the city gas works, breweries and glass plants which were located in this area. This shot is of Washington Circle and I think it’s considered to be the West End neighbourhood. The shiny building with the lower level white historical facade is the Embassy of Spain. I’m not sure if the facade up the glass building is part of the original building or was added to the glass building to tie it all together as it was constructed.