Friday, 28 January 2011
The first photo of spring
Despite appearances, this snow is already mostly melted - it's like the April snowfalls in the UK, brief and decorative, and has the feel of the last gasp of winter. The Chinese New Year holiday is technically the "Spring Festival", and I can imagine why - in a few weeks, the temperature is likely to have risen dramatically. For someone used to the slow change of seasons, the speed at which tthey change here is likely to be disconcerting. When the change is so sudden and predictable, this is absolutely the right time to have the New Year.
Next week is mostly a holiday, although we'll be busily beavering away - one paper submitted so far, and another three virtually there as well. I'm sure we'll find some time to see the festivities, though!