The trip, of course, was not for the weather. It was about family and friends and quite action-packed so no complaints at all. I got to experience both countries coping with cold and snow not seen in a lifetime which provided me with some unique sites and left me for with no, or intermittent, running water.
Ireland's old cast iron watermains, buried barely below the surface, were no match for the freezing temps. The apartment I was in was atop a hill and there were seven ruptures in the pipe that had to be found and repaired during the time I was there.
The best site in Ireland had to be Guinness dispatching it's fleet of water tankers to the worst affected areas.
Image: The Irish TimesUnfortunately, the area I was in had unmarked tankers and the fire brigade making deliveries. Damn, I'd love to have had a shot of me standing at the arse end of a Guinness tanker with a 20 litre pail !
In London I got these shots the morning after I arrived making me think 'did I really leave Winnipeg or was my plane ride just a dream' ?!
Great times. But it is nice to be home !
More news on what was happening there...
What next for Ireland... locusts? BBC
Baptism of ice for military snowmobile Independent.ie
Severe weather continues to cause havoc in UK BBC
Big Chill: Britain Warned More to Come SKY