fp: 1st time snowing @ our home

Sejak kami dtg Tokyo ni (sejak 26 Mac 2006), hari ini adalah kali pertama salji turun (Yg dapat kami tgk…sbb bulan 3 tahun lepas balik Malaysia kejap). Tahun lepas langsung tak turun salji langsung dan suhu pun tak sesejuk tahun ini. Sebenarnya salji ada turun sblm ni but masa tu tgh mlm sampai awal pagi. Kami pun tak sedar. So ini kira kali kedua untuk tahun ini. Lepas solat subuh salji dah mula nak turun dan dlm pukul 7 pagi kat luar dah mula memutih. Tahun ni belum lagi pergi main ski or bawak anak2 pergi main salji (sbb dua2 papa dan mamanya tgh sibuk). So dpt la kids main snow yg ada…hehehe. Papa pula terpaksa pergi awal ke univ. sbb ada tugasan as TA. So mama yg layan anak2 main salji. Kalau salji lebat lagi …boleh main sledge. But dlm pukul 11 pagi dah mula turun hujan sampaila mlm. And salji pun mulalah cair. Tapi okla…kalau tak mesti Tokyo kelam kabut sbb Tokyo mmg tak boleh ada salji. Mesti ada train yg akan delay, sekolah yg tutup (kekadang universiti pun akan tutup) dan yg paling byk akan keluar berita berapa org yg terjatuh dan tercedera.

A sled, sledge or sleigh is a vehicle with runners for sliding instead of wheels for rolling. It is used for transport on surfaces with low friction, usually snow or ice but any grassy surface is good when it is not too dry. In some cases round river-washed stones make a good surface for sledges. Devices to be pulled across bare ground, such as a travois, are not generally called “sleds”, although skids often are.

A horse-drawn sleigh
A crude ox-drawn sled with chain on a mountain road north of Ngcobo, Eastern Cape

Sleds are typically smaller and simpler than sleighs which are generally understood to be a larger vehicle designed for riding in a sitting position that is drawn by a draft animal such as a horse or oxen, though this is not always the case. The sitting connotation is clear as the English Bobsleigh is a steerable sled invented to sit upon or within. North Americans transmorphed this into Bobsled, since clearly the vehicle is not drawn by a draft animal. Both (or all four) are lightweight vehicles whereas a sledge is more usually a low, sturdy, and rough work vehicle designed for haulage of heavy loads such as cordwood, stone or ice blocks or the manifold heavy transport needs on a farm.

With only gravity as the propelling force, a sled can be used downhill as a recreational (toy) vehicle or drawn behind one trudging step by trudging step to haul a load—such as logs or children back up a slope. Modern competitive sledding has come about since the 1870s when steerable sleds were invented as a recreational prescription to combat winter boredom amongst the rich and privileged in the alpine resort town of St Moritz by British hotel guests.

Alternatively, sleds may be pulled by animals, usually horses, mules, oxen or dogs. They may also be pushed or pulled by humans (playing children, a parent pulling a child, etc.). Man-hauled sledges were the traditional means of transport on British exploring expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dog-teams were used by most others, such as Roald Amundsen. Today some people use kites to tow exploration sleds in such climes. The Egyptians are thought to have used sledges extensively over the sands whilst building their public works, in particular, for the transportation of taller obelisks.

bestnya dapat ain snow. kami kat Soton ni, snow tak turun pun . Tue 29-Jan-2008 21:56
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