The vocabulary of cold

You could hear the shouts of hundreds of kids sledging on Kite Hill, but there weren’t many of us in this dark, near-freezing water.

For the first time this year I was really chilled to the core.

But it is still beautiful. The water smells pure like ice and a few flakes were drifting down to join the little circular drifts on the life-savers.

In the same way that eskimos have many different words for snow, there are many types of cold as you move through the different elements of  snow, water, air: crunching, refreshing, bracing, numbing, tingling, aching.


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