I saw these icicles over the weekend. They are a reminder that winter is coming, or, if you, like me, go by meteorological winter, that winter is already here.
“Winter is coming” is the catchphrase from the popular television series Game of Thrones. I have never actually seen this show, despite the fact that it looks like the sort of thing that I would like. Maybe one day I will take the time to watch it all. Until then, I must rely on the basic knowledge that the characters in Game of Thrones live in an epic quasi-Medieval fantasy world, doing epic quasi-Medieval fantasy things, and occasionally reminding each other that winter is coming.
[Somebody is fighting a dragon.]
Somebody: Winter is coming.
Dragon: Yes, winter is coming.
[They resume fighting.]