24 december 2009

Yesterday it was below zero with snow-crust on the ground and today it's
7 celsius: thaw.
Gleeful gnats are dancing in the garden.
In 1771 on this day Gilbert White reported:

Many sorts of flies are out & very brisk.

And in 1778:

Several little black ants appear about the kitchen-hearth. These must be the same that are seen annually in hot weather on the stairs, with which some how they have a communication thro' a thick wall, or under the pavement, into the middle of the house.

Happy Christmas!