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Apple

A Winter Wonderland?

Is everyone survivng this really cold snap? (Kind of puts the global warming theory into question!!Wink ) My kids are loving it they have only been to school one day this week, we woke up Monday to a huge dumping of snow and the school was shut Monday and Tuesday.  Then today we woke up to another even bigger dumping of snow and the school was shut again.  Its quite ironic really because we normally miss any snow that going here as we are sheltered right in the middle of the Midlands but we have been clobbered both times this time!  Plus its not shifting as the night times are so cold, so its not really melting away much.  Hope everyone is keeping warm and well and not getting too disrupted by it all!
lunababymoonchild

We had a token covering of snow this morning, although it was freezing during the night (all blessings to the person who invented electric blankets!), making everywhere look exceedingly pretty but we have largely missed out on the massive amounts of snow that have fallen everywhere else - even in Scotland!

Luna
miranda

I'm also in the Midlands and have had to have two days off work cos I have great difficultly walking in snow.   I fell on Tuesday and definitely don't want to do that again!
chris-l

I've been telling everyone that we never get snow here on the Lincs/Cambs border, and then this morning, we woke up to about four inches (10 cm for the under-x age group). Survival isn't a problem - I was out early refilling the bird feeders, de-icing the fish pond and the bird bath: early conditioning on the farm, that the livestock must always be fed and cared for before anything else, kicked in immediately.

I had an excited phone call from one daughter (a teacher) to say that for the first time in her career, and in the 30 year history of her school, they had a 'snow day'. By that time, another daughter, also a teacher, had raced off to the park with daughters, nephew and niece in tow, to build snowmen. Another daughter's partner had been able to come home a day early, so everyone seemed pretty happy.

On the downside, we had no post, no papers, no bin collection and no veg box delivery. But nothing we can't live with!

My worst 'snow' memory is from 1956, when we were literally snowed in for about three weeks. The village school was closed for a couple of days, because power supplies to the village were cut. After that, they brought in Calor gas cookers to provide schools dinners, and the classrooms were heated, as usual, by coke stoves (I can still remember the smell of those stoves!). I suppose we just coped with what light there was, because I don't remember there being any substitute for the elecric lights during the school day. At home, of course, we just used the Tilley lamps, which normally lit the hen-houses. For heating we only ever had coal-fires at home, so the lack of electricity made no difference, water was heated by a back-boiler behind the kitchen range, which also had an oven, not normally used, but a god-send during those weeks. Food did begin to be a bit of a problem, too: my father was pretty handy with a shotgun, so the menu varied between pigeon pie, roast pigeon and pigeon casserole!

It was quite good fun for the children, but, I suspect, less amusing for my mother, who at the time had a three-month old baby: imagine trying to wash and dry nappies in those conditions!
Ann

We've been snowed in today and the day was enlivened by the arrival of the air ambulance on the common opposite the house! sad7 Luckily it must have been a false alarm as they just stood around for a while talking, got out a stretcher, put it away and drove off. However it was exciting. The poor common has alot of the grass stripped off it by hoards of sledges but it has been great fun watching them.
This was prophecied as a by product of global warming because the gulf stream was forcasted as likely to be affected which is what gives us our relatively warm winters. If you look at other places on our latitude they are noticeably colder in winter
Apple

Yes I saw that particular theory about the Gulf Stream its when the fresh water of the thawing ice caps dilutes the salty water which stops the gulf stream getting as far as us.
Chibiabos83

I have observed that whenever I read Thomas Mann's Death in Venice it brings about extreme weather conditions - two snowstorms on the previous two occasions, and the current wave of blizzards hot on the heels of my reading of it last month. If anyone wants more snow in the future, just let me know and I'll see what I can do.
county_lady

We had enough snow to play in but all traffic was moving even though the schools closed. Confused
Jen M

We had heavy snow on Monday which was still there Tuesday.  All the schools in the area were closed on Monday and Tuesday and it was great to see my two teenagers being kids again - and getting on with each other too.  My son went sledging for the first time in his life and we have a tall snowman (now headless) in our back garden.  I made it in to work on Monday, but we were advised to make our way home from mid-day.  

Tuesday (my day off) was a lovely bright day and I walked to our local shops and took some photos of the old church in the snow and some snowmen.

Driving, walking and transport conditions have improved day by day.  Unfortunately my daughter slipped on her way to school yesterday which has spoilt her enjoyment of the weather.

There is still snow on the ground this morning but it is melting as the snow that was falling early this morning is now turning to sleet.

The downside for me has been that I was expecting a supermarket delivery on Tuesday, which was cancelled, I re-booked it for this morning and am still waiting to see whether it will come today.  Our dustbins were emptied but the re-cycling wasn't taken - apparently the drivers who collect it were diverted to gritting duties - fair enough.

It was lovely to see the snow on Monday and Tuesday and I can put up with a bit of disruption.  It  was also good to see smiling faces on my walk when people often barely acknowledge each other!
toothy2 (you'd think there'd be a snowman amongst all those emoticons)
Apple

People have been happier and smilier haven't they!  I noticed that when I've been walking the dog people who I always see and who walk along with faces like slapped arses and who never lift their heads up let alone speak have been saying hello and talking about the amount of snow etc and being quite animated.

The kids have loved it - you see teenagers playing around like kids because a lot of them haven't ever seen this amount of snow before. Little kids with eyes out on stalks,  but I must admit now after another (admittedly lighter) fall last night I'm getting to the point where I've had enough now!
Gino

One thing I love about snow is that it makes all lawns equal, my neighbour has annoyingly immaculate lawns while mine is rather rough and leaf stewn but under 20cm of snow all lawns are equal.
chris-l

Oh, how I agree, Gino. In the same way, whenever my mother was coming on a visit, I used to long for rain (or at least not bright sunshine), because then she would not see that my windows were not shiny and clean.
Chibiabos83

The view from my window:

Ann

Well the snow seems to have returned in earnest! It does look pretty but I am very relieved I no longer have to go to work. I do some driving for charity and went out to collect a gentleman today. I drove the half a mile to his house in first gear in a long queue of other cars going equally slowly and, when I arrived, he told me the doctors had rung and cancelled the appointment. I then made the tortuous journey back, which was even slower as we all got stuck on the slight hill, to be delayed by a lady, just by my house, who pulled in and told me she had to take her dog out of the car for a run. I was stuck just turning the corner and had to pull into the very snowy middle of the road which was a little worrying.
We still seem to have got away with less than the rest of the country, however, and I am thinking of those of you in the frozen north or the nearly  equally frozen south east.
MikeAlx

I very nearly didn't get home from work tonight. There was no snow at all when I left work around 8pm, but half way along my 20 mile drive it started snowing very heavily. There is a huge hill on my route (up to the top of the South Downs), and, having passed a 'point of no return' (a dip with steep hills before and after) I had to struggle up it. I was not helped by the driver ahead of me giving up and pulling over. I managed to get round them and struggle on up the hill. Traction was so poor that the car slowed down to the point that I had to drop into 1st gear to avoid stalling. I made the last part of the hill at snail's pace with wheels spinning, wrestling the steering wheel to stay on course. I'm pretty sure I'm the last person who managed to get up that hill tonight. When I got over the top I realised my teeth were chattering due to a massive adrenaline rush! It usually takes me 30 minutes to get home; tonight it took nearly an hour.
Evie

That sounds awful, Mike - glad you made it.  Sorry you couldn't leave work earlier too.

Ann, glad you made it safely as well!  Hope you can stay in tomorrow.

We have about two inches here.
MikeAlx

Well, I didn't get in early today, because the central heating packed up this morning! Fortunately the plumber came this afternoon and fixed it.
Caro

I'm with the driver who gave up, Mike!  I am a very wimpish driver and the first tiny possibility that I feel a slide has me tensing up.  That drive just sounds horrid in the extreme.

Cheers, Caro.
Evie

I couldn't sleep last night, so watched the snow for a while - it was still snowing at 2am, having snowed since mid-morning, but has stopped now, and seems to be only about 2 inches deep still.  I am so thankful not to have to go out - it looks lovely, but they have forecast that the temperature will not rise above -1 here for the next few days, so it will all freeze nicely...terrible.  I have lots of delicious homemade soup, made with the lovely stock from the Christmas turkey, and lots of bread in the freezer, and plenty of Earl Grey tea, so there is no need even to go shopping.  I am trying to resist putting the heating on more than is absolutely necessary, so the tea is useful.  It's great, working from home!
Apple

We seem to have got off lightly too only about an inch or so - even the schools around here were open and they normally panic and close at the first flake!! At least we got some this time so I don't feel totally deprived!! Smile and it's made it better than yesterday where it was just ice here covered with a layer of frost so you couldn't see it, queue me sprawling on the floor whilst walking the dog !! now have huge swelling and one magnificent bruise all down the side of my leg and round my elbow!!

Evie - I think I will be coming to your house I LOVE homemade soup and its worth a drive down the M42!! Smile
Evie

Ooh, sorry about the fall, Apple...that's the one reason I hate the snow.  I love walking in proper thick snow, but it's the ice, especially when, as you say, it gets covered in frost...  Do hope the bruising heals quickly.  Glad you finally got some snow, though!

My soup is only made with carrots and potatos, I am afraid, with an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic, since that was all I had - but it's amazing how proper stock can make anything taste good!!  Perhaps I should add some of the leftover turkey itself, which is in the freezer.

Anyway, stay warm and safe, everyone - excellent weather for curling up with a book!  Cool
Chibiabos83

I imagine it is. Sadly some of us have to trudge through the ice to a workplace where the powers that be have judged this week the optimum time to switch off the central heating in order to perform boiler repairs. I keep having to sit on my hands to warm them up. Strictly speaking, I think it's technically an illegal working environment...but never mind  Smile
Evie

What???  I am being stingy with my heating, but at least it's on some of the time...that's outrageously stupid!  Universities - supposedly the home of the most intelligent people in the country...
Chibiabos83

We have been deluged with portable heaters in an effort to compensate, but the library's quite cavernous so it's something of a drop in the ocean. Anyway, it's only the students and dons who are intelligent, not non-academic support staff like me Smile
Apple

There is a legal minimum of 16 degrees I think for a working environment and there should not be the need for extra/special clothing to keep warm!!

Evie Wrote:
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Universities - supposedly the home of the most intelligent people in the country...


Intelligent yes but there is a big difference between intelligence and common sense!!  Wink
Chibiabos83

Very true! And often those who have a large amount of one have practically none of the other.

Having moaned a bit, I just went out in a snowstorm and it was beautiful. I wish I'd brought my camera to work.
Green Jay

MikeAlx wrote:
Well, I didn't get in early today, because the central heating packed up this morning! Fortunately the plumber came this afternoon and fixed it.


Eek - ours too, but it happened on Monday and he was meant to come this morning. He just rang to say he was on his way - I was not optimistic as we are very snowy here and it's all hills. Brave man. Hope it's not a new boiler that is needed. It was in pieces all over the kitchen on Christmas Eve but did get fixed in time for Christmas, now has made a nasty noise and died completely.
Green Jay

Chibiabos83 wrote:
I imagine it is. Sadly some of us have to trudge through the ice to a workplace where the powers that be have judged this week the optimum time to switch off the central heating in order to perform boiler repairs. I keep having to sit on my hands to warm them up. Strictly speaking, I think it's technically an illegal working environment...but never mind  Smile


I'm sure that is illegal. Ours was 17-18 degrees on Monday which the wall therometer classified as "warm" but I had to sit with my coat over my knees and my big scarf on.  Crying or Very sad
MikeAlx

Turned out our system was just blocked up with sludge, so water wasn't getting from the expansion tank into the hot tank in the airing cupboard. The system was flushed out and treated with anti-sludging chemicals 3 years ago when we moved in. I think our radiators are just far too old and need replacing!
Apple

Well isn't that just typical the rest of the country gets a rest from the snow its not even mentioned on the news ...and we get tons of the stuff!!! We had the biggest fall in the night and it carried on well into the morning!

Very Happy
Evie

It snowed again here too, though it now seems to be thawing (but still bitterly cold!).  Have you noticed, though, that on the weather forecast, they go all round the edge of the country and miss out the Midlands...we are the forgotten people of the British Isles.
miranda

I know, it's like the middle bit doesn't exist.
Apple

Well we will do when global warming makes the sea levels rise and all round the edges disappear under the water they will have to take notice of us then...or drown!!  Wink

I don't know what sort of weather Caro is having down in New Zealand but while we are shivering with coldest weather for god knows how many years - I heard from someone I know in Australia and apparently they had their hottest night on record 32 degrees - in the night!!
Evie

Caro mentioned on one thread that it has been raining for a week where she is - which is a shame in the middle of summer, but I would swap a week of rain for this month of snow and ice and the absence of vegetables in the shops!  Not that I can get to the shops really, because of the ice, but I did brave it at the weekend.

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