I Hear It Is Snowing In Edinburgh

It snowed for a few minutes just now. The sky is dark and it may snow again. It would be funny (haha) if the snow came down and blanketed the earth so late in the winter.

I was just thinking to myself yesterday or the day before that the tide has turned and now the temperatures are rising. I think it was 11°C when I was thinking that. For those on the Fahrenheit scale, that is 52°F.

Here in Edinburgh, 56° north of the equator, every beam of sunlight is welcome. The authorities are so worried about the lack of sunlight that they are thinking about adding Vitamin D to food. Rates of some diseases that are thought to be exacerbated by a lack of vitamin D are higher in Scotland than in England.

Vitamin D – Prohormone

Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids. In humans, vitamin D is unique both because it functions as a prohormone and because the body can synthesize it (as vitamin D3) when sun exposure is adequate (hence its nickname, the “sunshine vitamin”).

When we look at what a prohormone is, we can get a better idea of why vitamin D is important in the body.

A prohormone is a substance that is a precursor to a hormone, usually having minimal hormonal effect by itself. The primary function of a prohormone is to enhance the strength of the hormone that already occurs in the body.

[The quotes are from Wikipedia]

On Being A Nomad

Having lived and traveled in various places, I sometimes think that by moving I am keeping one step ahead of whatever the prevalent problem is in the region in which I am located.

It might be radon radiation escaping from the ground rock. It might be insect-borne diseases. It might be lack of selenium in the earth. It might be lack of sunlight.

It is a powerful argument for being a nomad, don’t you think?
 

wood pigeon
Are Pigeons Nomads?

12 thoughts on “I Hear It Is Snowing In Edinburgh

  1. Teresa Silverthorn

    “Having lived and traveled in various places, I sometimes think that by moving I am keeping one step ahead of whatever the prevalent problem is in the region in which I am located.”

    I’ll remember this if you ever move the U.S. 😉

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      1. Teresa Silverthorn

        Yikes.

        Sounds a bit like me and my husband. Just about EVERY job we’ve left – went bankrupt less than a year later.

        Or basically just disappeared.

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  2. If I were to draw a straight line across the Atlantic, from here, I’d end up in the Bay of Biscay.
    I’ve lived in many places in Sweden before I moved to Canada. When you’re above a certain level in Sweden, you even get paid a little more to compensate for the lack of daylight.

    Here in North America, there’s quite a [almost] hysteria going on about Vitamin D right now.

    Have you lived in many, different countries?

    Love the image! 🙂

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    1. I once drew a line south-west from where I was and spent a year in S.America on account of it. 🙂

      Where I have lived? For longer-term living – Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Israel – and of course, England.

      But if a few months or so qualifies, then Colombia, Bolivia, Japan, India, USA. I may have missed some.

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    1. With the exception of guinea pigs (the best ambassadors for world peace ever known) I find many animals can look creepy – Have you ever looked at a sheep close up? (and I love sheep – love watching them – not in a Gene Wilder kind of way 😉

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      1. originalapplejunkie

        World peace..loool..I can see that!
        err..fortunately..I can say no..I have never looked at a sheep close up..
        But pigeons are just creepy all the time..*just because they’re pigeons* (she whispers)

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        1. I know pigeons get a bad reputation as pests, but I genuinely recommend anyone to spend some time with a pair of binoculars watching them. In my opinion – they are lovely (forget what I said about animals being creepy) 🙂

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