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More snow

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The snow had just started to think about melting yesterday. It was falling off the trees, and the roads were clearer, but there was still lots of snow on the pavements.

But now it’s back! It started snowing yesterday evening. It was very fine, not great big fluffy flakes like last time, so I didn’t think it would do much, but it did. This morning there was another 5 or 6 inches of snow on my car, and lots at the side of the road. My road has been reduced to one lane where there’s deep snow at the sides and tyre tracks have been imprinted into the middle of the road. I don’t know what happens if a car meets one coming the other way!

I went out to take some more photos as the snow would be looking nice and new and white. I wear my wellies as the snow is too deep for my walking boots, and I put them on the heater for 5 minutes. When I put them on, they’re lovely and warm! There was no nice blue sky today, no sun and it was very cold. I wanted to walk further than I had done last time to get some different views, but I changed my mind as my fingers soon became so cold that they were hurting and didn’t work properly.

So I turned back home to the warm and put a chicken casserole and baked potato in the oven. Nice warming comforting food, just right for this sort of weather!

This photo was taken of the last fall of snow in the village where I live when the sky was blue.

Footsteps in the snow

Snowed in

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The snow that fell a couple of days ago is still here, and more has fallen to add to it. I hadn’t been to work for a couple of days because they’d closed due to the weather, but today they opened again. As I live in a village 5 miles away from where I work, I was concerned about the state of the roads. So I went out to have a look.

Often my estate road can be very icy and slippery, but the main road can be clear because it’s been treated with grit and salt. When I went out, I had to wear wellies because there was about 10 inches of snow in some places and it would have gone over the top of my walking boots.

I trudged carefully through the snow enjoying the beauty of sun, snow and blue sky, and taking photos. When I got to the main road, it was covered in compacted snow and ice. I heard on the radio that the salt only worked to a temperature of about -7 and it was expected to be colder than that. I had driven home from work a couple of weeks before on a road like that and it was the scariest drive I’ve ever done. So I decided that I wouldn’t be going to work.

It was about midday when I reached the village shop, and thankfully they had some milk and bread left, as I’d completely run out and was missing my cup of tea.

This is what the main road through the village looked like….

It's been snowing

We will remember them

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

For your tomorrow we gave our today

When you go home
Tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today

This poem is the Kohima Epitaph composed by Major John Etty-Leal which is engraved on the War Memorial to commemorate the men of the British 2nd Division who fell in the Battle of Kohima in 1944.

I took this photo at the War Memorial in the village where I live. I stood in the rain on Sunday to watch the wreaths being laid. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes, but this year it’s especially sad as we remember so many young men who’ve died in Afghanistan as well as remembering all those who died in long ago wars. This is my tribute for 11th November, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day.