Hello, my friends! Look at what Richard and I found in our birdbath this week...
Is our birdbath thinking it is a unicorn? We had no idea what it was. I typed "icicle growing up" into a search engine and you will now REAP the benefits of my new-found knowledge!
An ice spike is formed when the water freezes on the surface of the water, which traps the water below. When the water beneath begins to freeze, it expands which pushes the water out and forms a kind of bubble on the surface. Gradually, more and more is added onto the bubble and it creates a narrow tube, freezing and building up into a spike. "Ice spikes have been reported for many decades, although their occurrence is quite rare". That last sentence is a quote from Wikipedia! Richard and I have had these little bird baths out for our birds for over 30 winters and we have never observed an ice spike before. Chuffed to see one! (How is that for another British expression?
Now, did you notice that I said "Gordon Bennett" in the post of my title? Someone else for you to look up! His name is used in the United Kingdom. "Gordon Bennett" to express surprise, puzzlement, incredulity, annoyance, etc.". (Gotta love that etc.!) Some believe that it is a euphemism for GOR BLIMEY which means "God blind me or God blame me, no one seems to know for sure. So, who is Gordon Bennett? You may learn more about him just here.
A very wealthy man, he sponsored explorers. He financed Stanley's trip to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone and put up the money for the USS Jeannette's journey to the North Pole. Now, if you want to know more about the USS Jeannette, I suggest a book by Hampton Sides, "In The Kingdom of Ice.". It is an incredible, heartbreaking story.
What song for you on this post? It has to be "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner from 1977. Enjoy!