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    Default Breaking the Back of Winter

    A New England weatherman said that we may “break winter’s back” this coming week as we will soon enter the month of March – but as anyone who lives here knows, breaking winter’s back means mud, rain, and a raw spring. Or, to put it best, this month of March comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” Anyway, bring it on, as these shipwrights have been working outside all winter long often starting around 7:30 a.m. – with two breaks each day at 10 a.m. and noon. The Burnham house has a small ship’s bell outside the door and at those times, the bell is rung. At 10 a.m. when the bell rings Harold yells “Mug Up" which to us means a coffee break…The dictionary definition of Mug Up is “to study intensely for an exam” but on Cape Ann it means to have a coffee break and is a favored expression among shipwrights and sailors and those still lucky enough to get a coffee break. It may have other meanings, too, and it is sometimes said in the terms of "let's have a Mug Up over it" and is a way of conversing and settling an issue. Over Mug Up here, the shipwrights get to hear some good Newfoundland stories from Bernie Power or learn about his home in Prince Edward Island, sometimes the conversation drifts towards snowmobiling stories and then to skiing and snowboarding and over to the Caribbean and some characters there and Ireland and the Dalmatian Coast or we talk about making chowder but mostly it is just about friendship and conversation - which as New Englanders say - is "the finest kind." - HAB

    http://boatbuildingwithburnham.blogs...of-winter.html

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    Snowing and -20F wind chill in Billings this morning. Record lows expected tonight. Hopefully, this will be our last taste of real winter, but I kinda doubt it.

    Gary

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    We got hoodwinked into believing winter might taper off, but here we are waiting for a good storm to descend upon us, but March may prove to be moderate, after the next few days, one can only hope.

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    -26C -38c with wind chill here today. It's not winters back thats breaking

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    Geez. I might as well be in Ft. Lauderdale. It's only 28F with six inches of snow on the ground. S'posed to drop to around 20F tomorrow. Envy me.
    Chuck Hancock

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    This is what we call "brass monkey weather." I suspect that the weather local to you chaps on the east coast, is not performing as expected.

    http://wxmaps.org/pix/temp2.html

    You should hope this does not repeat itself.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/2...is-shaping-up/

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    Wintry mix right now makes the roads greasy and slick. A Pepsi tractor trailer just spent five minutes slip'sliding'spinning its wheels climbing the hill outside our house. They made it but they burned off some tire tread along the way.
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

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    Default Re: Breaking the Back of Winter

    Quote Originally Posted by hbur View Post
    ...these shipwrights have been working outside all winter long.http://boatbuildingwithburnham.blogs...of-winter.html
    And doing a nice job of it under difficult circumstances too, from the looks of it.
    -- Tom (boating blog)

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