this is the remains of the snow. the snow ploughs dump it in these huge piles around the edges of the road. these piles used to be as high as me, now they are filthy and melting fast.
and while we've been brilliant sunshine up on the hill, down below has been shrouded in fog. here's a picture looking out over the city (ie. the city is below the white blanket). all i have to say about that is a sincere HAHA!