March 23, 2013

SNOWED IN !!

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The view from our front window at 10am this morning.  Nick shovelled a path to the gate so he could take Lulu for a walk.  There was no point in clearing the whole drive – we’re not going anywhere in this !!

Nick got home safe and sound yesterday.  There was no sign of snow on his journey from Heathrow until he got to the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border.  The taxi driver was carrying sleeping bags, flasks of hot coffee, snow shovels and an MOD ration pack just in case.  The taxi company also has a Land Rover Freelander on standby to do rescues. 

Luckily none of them were needed and the trip took 3½ hours, which is just one hour longer than normal.  He arrived at the house just before more snow began to fall.

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The view of our back garden at 10am this morning.

We probably have about twelve inches of snow so far and it’s still coming down, a fine wet kind of snow which is being blown almost horizontally and sticking to walls and windows. 

The only good thing about it is – I couldn’t get to work today and it’s porridge again for breakfast !!

Bon weekend !!

21 comments:

  1. Glad Nick got home safely ... although the change in temperature and scenery (Banglore vs Derbyshire) may have been a bit of a shock. Snowing and freezing here too, although the snow is melting away rapidly. Keep warm and enjoy the porridge! Martine

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    1. Martine, he stepped out of the taxi in his short sleeved shirt and thin summer cotton jacket - perfect for the weather he had in India !!
      Keep warm !!

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  2. Glad to hear Nick made it home without incident. But I'm so sorry you're under more than a foot of snow. Hang in there. One week to go!

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  3. Glad to hear Nick made it safely. Snowed in over here too, with less standing snow than you have, but of course it has drifted. Given the forecast I've just seen it isn't going to disappear very soon....

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    1. Perpetua, our forecast is for the snow to stop falling but temperatures are unlikely to get above 3°C before Easter. So as you say, it's going to be around for quite a while.
      Hopefully once the snowploughs and gritters do their stuff we should find it less of a nuisance.
      Whoever thought that spring would start so badly?

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  4. Really pleased to hear Nick made it home safely :-) Bit of a temp shock though after Bangalore!

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    1. Antoinette, only a 32° difference !!

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  5. What incredible weather. It snowed overnight here in Newark, but it's nothing compared to your lot. Just fifteen minutes north into Lincoln and they have absolutely nothing!

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  6. It's bad here in Staffordshire, although where we live we've probably only had about 20 cm. That's enough!

    From experience I'm not too sure how effective a Landrover Freelander would be at deep snow rescue. Our Freelander isn't a patch on our old Discovery.

    Keep warm. Not long now....

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    1. Gaynor, we have just shovelled twelve inches of snow off the drive, plus the pile at the end left by the snowplough when it went past, for which we are most grateful.


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  7. Glad he made it home. The weather here isn't exactly glorious, but at least we aren't stuck under the dislocated jetstream like you guys are. There is some new research emerging showing some very interesting conclusions comparing this March and last. Looks like the northern hemisphere is in for some big changes, and the further north you are the bigger the changes.

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    1. Susan, the sooner we head south the better then !!

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  8. I hope the roads will be clear for you to come this way at Easter, It look very chilly there. We have been around 15 and 16C the last couple of days :-) Take care and keep warm. Diane

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  9. We were out yesterday so have only just read this...
    weather your side of the Channel looks terrible!
    Foggy here... grey and a bit mizz... but at least there is no snow... and we haven't had any rain for 36 hours!!
    Everything here is still very boggy.

    Potatoes are "meant" to be planted by Good Friday...
    no, we don't try...
    not when Good Friday moves from the end of March to the end of April...
    hence "meant"...
    we use end of April as a rough guide.

    So, keep warm, eat porridge, cook cakes... and think of France in the Summer... only five more days 'till France in the Spring.

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  10. Ooh looks pretty actually. I was supposed to go to work today but had a fall yesterday (nothing too serious) and so I think I have a sprained ankle. If I rest up I should be fine by Tuesday when I should be back at work.

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    1. Phil, it looks really pretty, but sunshine and daffodils would have been even prettier for the time of year !!
      Sorry to hear about your ankle, I do hope it's not too painful. I would suggest wrapping it up in a sturdy elastic bandage and spending most of the day with it raised up on a stool while you sit in front of the telly with a beer.

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  11. So glad Nick got home before it hit. That's some taxi company!

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  12. All of us everywhere are having the same problems
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    Apart from Mitchell

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  13. Porridge - proper and hot - on a winter morning is one of life's great pleasures.

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