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Friday, 10 February 2012

Snow Joke!

OK, enough's enough.  When is this snow going to go away.  It's not particularly the snow that bothers us, it's the ice it's turned into.

Today was the first time we'd ventured out in the car since the snow arrived last Sunday. We live at the top of a hill which has now turned into a steep ski slope of ice.  The post hasn't been delivered all week because the post van can't make it up the hill, and we were running short of food.  Soup and pasta is great, but not every day!  Something had to be done.  So today Eric managed to fit some chains to the wheels of our car, quite a feat as they are actually for a smaller car.  Anyway, it enabled us to get down the hill and into town to stock up.

The problem came when we tried to get back up the hill!  He put the chains back on at the bottom of the hill and we inched our way up the slope.  Three quarters of the way up, at the steepest part, we lost one of the chains which had wrapped itself round the axle. Luckily, he'd had the foresight to put some spare chains in the car (which also didn't fit!) and spent the next 20 or so minutes trying to fit those as it got darker and darker. Anyway, we managed to get the rest of the way up and put the car to bed.

We're now fully stocked with food, we collected the post, delivered provisions to the neighbours and look forward to the end of the cold snap.  That was until Eric phoned a friend tonight who calmly informed him that we've got more snow forecast on Monday!

The daft thing is, we only got about 3 or 4 inches of snow - when we lived in Scotland we usually had 2 or 3 dumps of snow at least 18 inches deep each year and had fewer problems!  Mind you, they were quite good at clearing the roads there.  They don't seem to bother here.

So, if we can't get out for a while, it's a perfect opportunity for sitting in front of the fire knitting and spinning.  Nothing's as bad as it seems is it?

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