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Winter wonderland

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

The snow hasn’t melted yet, and it’s still really, really cold. I’m having difficulty keeping warm, but I expect it’s the same for lots of people. The newscasters have been saying that we’re having the coldest winter here in the UK for 30 years, then I heard that it was the coldest since 1963, and I even heard one newscaster say it was the coldest winter for a hundred years! I expect they’ll sort it out soon and let us know what it really is.

I’ve been snowed in for a week now. The main roads aren’t clear, and my estate road is treacherous. The car is snowed into the drive, and I haven’t attempted to dig it out. If the road clears, then I’ll start digging.

It’s quite fun walking around my village in wellies ploughing through deep snow. I’ve managed to get some milk and bread from the village shop, so together with what’s in the freezer and the cupboards, I’m ok for food now. Work was closed for most of last week because of the snow, but on Friday they were open. I walked up to the main road to have a look at it’s condition, and decided that I wouldn’t be driving on compacted snow and ice.

While I was out, I saw a couple of buses. Frequent buses are a new novelty in my village, so I decided that I’d go to work on the bus. It was fun. I had a wonderful view of the stunning beauty of the snow covered countryside.

Once the bus dropped me in the town, the roads and pavements were clear. They must have been gritted more often than the rural main roads. I went to the supermarket after work to get a bit of food, but realised that I wouldn’t be able to carry much as it was a bit of a walk after I got off the bus. I managed to get the essentials though.

You have to be a lot more organised and prepared if you haven’t got a car waiting to take you and your shopping home. I keep a torch in the car, and I remembered to take it with me, in case it was dark by the time I needed to walk home from the bus stop. I knew there wouldn’t be a Moon to light my way home as it would have already set.

I could have done with a rucksack as well though. That would have been a much easier way to carry the shopping, and it would have kept my hands free to steady myself if I slipped. So now I’ve got one of those rucksacks that folds up really small and can go at the bottom of my bag, because I enjoyed going on the bus and I’m planning to do it again.

This is one of my snowy shots…..

Winter wonderland

Moonlight and snow

Friday, February 6th, 2009

After several days of brushing snow off the windows and windscreen before I could drive the car, this evening for the first time in quite a while, I had to scrape ice off it. It’s a lovely clear night. The stars are twinkling in the sky and the waxing gibbous Moon, only three days away from being full, is shining it’s silvery light on the snow that’s still lying around.

The snow looks so lovely, sparkling and glistening as if it had diamonds sprinked across it, and together the snow and the moonlight make everything look so beautiful and quite light.

It’s a long time since we’ve had as much snow as there’s been in the last few days, and I don’t think I can ever remember the loveliness of moonlight on snow before.

Treacherous road conditions

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

There was a heavy snowfall overnight last night. The car was completely covered. I scraped 4 inches of snow off it’s roof! I had to go into work early today, and left home at 8.00am. Last Monday the sideroad that I live on was very snowy and icy, but once I got on to the main roads that had been gritted they were completely clear. But not today.

There was so much snow that the salt and grit hadn’t managed to clear it. I kept to the main roads and went very slowly and gingerly. I managed the 5 mile journey without incident by being very careful, and had nearly arrived at work when I had problems. Where I work is on a road that has quite an incline, and as I turned into the road only a few yards from my destination, I realised that the car was slipping and sliding and the back wheels were whizzing round and not gripping. It was so scary! I concentrated really hard on choosing the least icy track, and I prayed hard and slowly but surely the car climbed the slope.

My relief at reaching my goal turned to panic when I saw that there was a large van blocking the entrance to the car park. Looking up the road, I could see a car heading towards me down the road, sideways! The driver had no control over his car and it was heading straight for me! I pulled as far as I could towards the van and got half the car off the road, and fortunately the driver managed to get enough control just in time to guide his car round mine! I was so thankful.

Eventually the van driver turned up. He had parked there because he was sliding down the hill and needed a safe place to stop. He was able to back in to the car park to allow me to get in, but there was too much snow and my wheels just slipped. Fortunately there were two very kind men nearby who both pushed the car from the back which gave me enough grip to get into the car park, leave the car in a safe place and turn the engine off with great relief. What a journey! I don’t want another one like that in a hurry!

I didn’t have time to stop and take photos of the lovely snow, I was too busy trying to keep safe, so this is my own tribute to the snow, a lovely glitzy snowflake – as seen on my Flickr photostream

Snowflake ribbon

Lots of snow

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I woke up this morning to find that the world was white and it was still snowing. I drove to work very carefully and fairly slowly. Once I had left the road I live in, the main roads had been gritted, so there were no problems, even on hilly roads. I arrived in the town where I work, and going up a fairly steep incline, I met a road that hadn’t been gritted. The contrast was incredible. The first thing I saw was a car with it’s warning lights flashing, and I realised that it had slid across the road and into a wall. When I got onto the road, I understood why. It was like an ice rink. It was quite scary! I had to drive very slowly and carefully and soon I met up with the gritted part of the road, so the rest of the journey was fine. It continued to snow all day without stopping, so there was a lot of snow lying around. I was concerned about what condition the roads would be in for my 5 mile drive home. I decided that I needed to go the long way round to try and stay on gritted roads. A couple of times I had to turn round and go back as I met up with ungritted roads covered in ice. One road turned into an ice rink just as it started to go downhill and round a corner. I went very carefully and slowly, knowing that a clear main road was only a few yards away. As I started down the incline, the car slipped and slid. I gently touched the brakes and nothing happened except a grinding sound. That was really scary! Fortunately there was a kerb at the side of the road, so I gently steered the car towards the kerb where it stopped. I was very relieved! I put it into reverse and very gently backed up away from the incline until I could carefully turn round and go back the way I had come. I tried to work out a route home that I thought would be gritted. I could work out which were the main roads, but I knew that I would have to use a road that had not been gritted last time the weather was bad. Sure enough, as I reached that road, it was sparkling and glistening with ice. It goes downhill and heads towards a main road, so I went extremely slowing checking the brakes all the way to make sure they worked and to keep my speed down. Fortunately I didn’t loose control and was able to pull safely into the main road and off the ice and safely home.
The forecast is for ice overnight and treacherous driving conditions in the moring. We’re being told that it’s the worst snow we’ve had for 18 years.

Frosty, foggy weather

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The weather has improved a bit lately. Instead of freezing nights and days, when the roads need gritting, and extra time has to be allowed in the morning to scrape the ice off the windscreen, we’ve been having slightly warmer and even rainy days. There’s been a promise of spring in the air. I’ve seen some snowdrops, and I’ve heard birds singing. But people keep telling me that it’s going to get colder again. Apparently forecasters are saying that the cold frosty, icy weather is coming back, and there might even be some snow. I haven’t heard those forecasts myself, but I have been told about them by several people. I’ve only managed to take a few snow photos so far this year, because we’ve only had one quick flurry. So I need to look out for any more snowfall so that I can get dressed up in some nice warm clothes and go out and take some beautiful snowy photos. Or will I decide to stay in the warm instead?
Here’s a nice frosty, foggy photo.

Frost and fog

Foggy New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

After being so cold yesterday but without any frost, it was completely different today. I woke up to thick fog, and thick frost on the lawn and the trees and hedges. It looked stunningly beautiful. Usually when the windscreen is iced up, by the time I go out later in the morning it’s thawed out, but not today. The whole car including the lights were iced up. It took me ages scraping it off and my fingers were freezing when I’d finished. The car soon warmed up though. I knew the roads would be icy, and visibility wasn’t good so I drove very carefully and more slowly than I do in good conditions. The fog was really thick especially on the road that hasn’t got any hedges beside it to keep the fog away. That’s where I took this photo. The journey was fine, except for the woman who drove behind me far too close to be safe for the distance and conditions. When she refused to drop back and leave the proper braking distance between us, I pulled in and let her pass. She shot off far too fast for the conditions, but she was the only one. Everyone else I saw was driving sensibly. Oh yes, Happy New Year to everyone!

Foggy New Year's Eve

This photo can be seen on my Flickr photostream. Can you see the trees through the fog?

Beautiful frosty morning

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I went out early this morning, because I had an appointment at the Hospital. It had been a cold, clear night and it was frosty and icy. My friend Sarah drove me to the Hospital as I was having an injection in my hand and wouldn’t be able to drive myself home. Being a passenger for a change I was able to enjoy the beautiful countryside, and especially the way the sun was shining on the frost making it glisten and sparkle. There was a beautiful blue sky, which is quite unusual at this time of year. It really was a lovely day. We arrived at the Hospital in plenty of time, so we had a cup of coffee, and by the time we had finished, it was time for my appointment. As soon as we got to the clinic, I was called straight away, and within a few minutes had the injection and was ready to go! My hand is still painful and sore from the injection, but it’ll soon be better, and I hope it will have sorted out the problem. It was lovely going with Sarah. With her company, and the cup of coffee and a chat, I didn’t have time to get nervous. It was so much better than the stress of getting myself there. Thank you Sarah.