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Snow-ly returning to normal

Between Saturday evening and Monday morning, we had a total of 11″/28cm of snow up here on the hills. It took several more hours of shovelling on Monday morning to uncover the car, and to re-clear the bits of the drive that had already been shovelled clear once on the Sunday. Fortunately, it didn’t matter too much that I was well and truly snowed in – the maintenance staff hadn’t been able to clear the car park at work, so the site was only open to people who could walk in. Everyone else was asked to work from home if possible.

On Tuesday though, I was keen to make it in if possible. It was the day of our team Christmas Dinner, and the colleague organising it had picked a rather nice gastro-pub that I’ve not been to for years. First though I had to get the car de-iced – the driver’s door was frozen solid so that the only way in was via the passenger door and climbing over the handbrake! But it started ok, though the journey in was a bit hairy with lots of partially cleared roads and pedestrians walking in the middle of the road because the pavements were impassable.

I made it in to work ok, but really couldn’t face the drive out to the pub in Hanley Swan on poorly cleared B-roads. Fortunately, a colleague with a 4×4 was offering lifts, and I was really happy to cadge a ride off her. The Christmas lunch was excellent- really tasty, good portions and well presented. I’ll have to put it on the list of places to go to when I’ve got friends and family staying.

The thaw seems to have started in earnest today. The roads were mostly ok this morning, and I’ve gritted my drive so that’s remained ice-free. But I still have at least a 6″ blanket of snow over the house and garden. At least I suppose that shows that the house is well insulated so I’m not losing much heat through the roof!

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  1. Sally B | 14 December 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I’m afraid I’ve been one of those pedestrians as the paths were lethal with ice on top of lumps of snow. On Monday I went to a funeral in my wellies!

  2. pauld | 22 December 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I did have to use a screwdriver as a lever to prized open wifes car door other morning. Needles to say i wouldnt use that technique on my car 🙂