Yes, ten in the morning and really serious-looking snow falling outside the window - large flakes and settling quickly. It was forecast for down the North-East side of the country as the wind veered round to the North East. Well, none of us were planning to go anywhere so it doesn't really matter I suppose and it is quite pretty and it is Winter. I have taken a photograph out of the window but it is hard to see snow falling. Post has just dropped through my letter box - it is on these sort of days that one feels sorry for outdoor workers, and especially my Post Lady, herself having had a hip replacement, trudging from door to door with what is most likely these days to be advertising material as bit by bit our 'proper' post comes by e mail and our Postal Service is eroded. How long before it disappears for ever? How many of us remember two deliveries a day - even one delivery on a Sunday? And how will researchers in the future fare when looking back - there will be few letters and e mails will have been read and deleted.
And I wonder how spelling and handwriting will fare - texting brings an end to long words and the need to write things down recedes. and has it been like this with every generation or have things suddenly speeded up? And can we for a second consider new words which have entered our language? I ask this because Carruthers yesterday suggested that my heading for yesterday's post was what he called 'Clickbait'. I questioned what this meant with him on our almost-nightly phone call and he said most people would know. I have only asked two people and neither knew but it is a good word to describe my title. Did you know? How do these words enter our language and why do some stick while others fade into obscurity. And as we age do we try to keep up with all these changes or do we let them all pass us by? I suggest it has to be the former even if we are tempted for it to be the latter -
As I sit here the snow has continued to fall and there is no break in the grey sky. Winter is here with a vengeance today. Stay warm.