Paul - who brings friendly nonsense (blur_kiwi) wrote,
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The white stuff

We don't normally get snow. Now, I fully understand that for a lot of my friends here, snow is a part of their daily lives for around half of the year. I understand that they cope well and just get on with things when they get snowfalls that can sometimes run into several metres. I understand that they don't make a fuss and just accept it as being a part of life they have to contend with. But, here in the depths of the gentle Somerset countryside, we don't normally get snow. In fact, I don't remember the last time we did. I remember a couple of occasions when I was in my teens and early twenties but that was quite a while ago now and I don't remember there being any problems more recently.

That all changed last week. On Monday night we had some snow. It wasn't too much and it was the dry kind of snow that just compacts and is easy to deal with. I took some photos around the garden on Monday evening just to prove that we'd actually had it. On Tuesday morning I was up at about six o'clock and had a quick wander around the village to see what the roads were like and whether I could make it to the main road to get into work. I decided it was okay and duly went to work with no problems. Most of the snow had gone by the time I got home that evening.

It started to snow again on Thursday evening. This time it didn't look like it was going to be as straight-forward. Again, in the morning I did my little reccy and decided I would give it a go. This time it was wet, slushy snow and much harder to drive on, or through. I got out onto the main road and it was no better than the small roads and streets in the village. I carried on in the hope that it would get better. It didn't. It actually got worse. After a few slightly hairy kilometres the snow on the road got deeper and more difficult to negotiate. I reached a point where I felt it was best to turn round and head for home. I managed to turn round at a road junction, with some difficulty but just avoiding getting totally stuck, and headed back the way I had come. It was too much for my little car and I was relieved as I got closer to home where the snow was not as deep.

So, this meant I could go out and take photos instead. They say every cloud has a silver lining, well those snow clouds made it possible for me to finally take some of the snow photos I had been anxious to get for a long time.

The weather forecast today suggests there could be another serious snowfall tonight. I don't know whether I will be able to get to work or not, but I know what I'll be doing if I don't.

Dear friends, here are my snow photos. We don't normally get snow, and when we do, everything grinds to a halt because we don't know how to deal with it. That's not the worst thing in the world. 

Flax plant in the snow
Flax plant in the snow

 
I love this one
I love this one

 
Logs in the garden
Logs in the garden

 
Manuka plants
Manuka plants

 
Monkey puzzle tree on Friday morning
Monkey puzzle tree on Friday morning

 
My road
My road

 
Cottages in the village
Cottages in the village

 


 


 
Looking across the fields to the next village
Looking across the fields to the next village

 


 
The village post box
The village post box

 
Looking down my road from the church
Looking down my road from the church

 
Tombstones
Tombstones

 
An old car in someone's drive
An old car in someone's drive

 
The church wall
The church wall

 
Burrow Mump
Burrow Mump

 
Burrow Mump later in the day after people had been sledging down it
Burrow Mump later in the day after people had been sledging down it

 
Across the village to the woods beyond
Across the village to the woods beyond

 
Towards evening
Towards evening

 
Glastonbury Tor in the distance
Glastonbury Tor in the distance

 
Sunset
Sunset

 


 
I love the way that the snow looks blue in the shadows
I love the way that the snow looks blue in the shadows

 
Silage bales at sunset
Silage bales at sunset

 
Tags: burrow mump, snow, uk pics
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