We're still frozen here, but it's not quite as cold as expected. The forecast originally called for temperatures of 17º F (-8.3º C) last night, but according to my weather app, it never got lower than 27º F (-2.7º C). The forecast was so low that I brought in a few more plants and even retrieved the amaryllis bulbs from the shed, thinking it might get too cold in there.
I also wrapped our Chinese banana (below), which is already looking pretty haggard from the frost, to protect the trunk and roots:
It's supposed to warm up again after Saturday. I'm about sick of all this ice.
Dave and I finished "Halt and Catch Fire," that TV series about the early years of personal computing, a couple of nights ago. In one of the last episodes, as the cast is dispersing to go their separate ways, one of them mentioned taking a cross-country road trip from San Francisco to the East Coast. "I'd like to be in Carson City by nightfall," she said, and suddenly I was filled with longing. "Oh, that sounds wonderful!" I said dreamily to Dave.
Not the Carson City part, necessarily, but the road trip. I haven't taken a long driving trip in years and years. Dave doesn't share my enthusiasm for long car trips -- in fact he groaned at my exclamation -- but when this coronavirus craziness finally lifts and travel is doable again, I'd love to rent a car and spend several weeks driving around the USA. There are so many places I haven't seen, or have barely seen, particularly out West. Of course, we also have Olga to consider, so we may not be taking that trip real soon.
We could do a road trip in the UK. We haven't rented a car here in the entire time we've lived here. And then we could take Olga. But it wouldn't be like driving those sunny, wide-open highways in Utah or Wyoming or Texas.
Speaking of cars, there's a car here in the UK called the Renault Zoe that makes music. It's the strangest thing. I'll be walking along the street and I'll hear a sort of tone, a hum, and sure enough, a Zoe is driving past. Apparently it's an electric car and you can even choose the tone you want it to produce from several options. I'm not quite sure how it all works, but here's a video. I don't think it fully captures how distinctive the car sounds on the road. Anyway, just a little automotive curiosity, there.
(Top photo: A neighborhood shop in South Hampstead.)