February 9th, 2009

Wanaka tree

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. 

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