Too much snow for a snowman

| Mar 4, 2012

Too much snow for a snowman

by C.W. Nicol

The winter of 1946-47 saw record snowfalls in Britain. As a 7-year-old boy in hilly Wales, it was sheer joy — and never mind the transport shutdown and electricity crisis as power stations ran out of coal. We went tobogganing, we had great snowball ...

Waxing woody as winter nears

| Dec 4, 2011

Waxing woody as winter nears

by C.W. Nicol

This will be my 32nd winter in Kurohime, way up in the hills of northern Nagano Prefecture. Yesterday I was stacking firewood for the Afan Woodland Trust Centre, which has a fine, baronial-style stone-and-brick fireplace. There really is nothing like a room heated with ...

The far-out Ogasawaras

| Aug 7, 2011

The far-out Ogasawaras

by C.W. Nicol

The Ogasawaras are a group of lovely subtropical islands about 1,000 km due south of Tokyo, from where they are administered. As there is no airport, you reach them by taking the 6,700-ton liner Ogasawara Maru from Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo — a 25-hour ...