>Slight rant …

>It appears we had snow during the night. Yes, many places have been hit with a few inches, but this is the view from my window here at Sleepy Hollow. I can still see grass. And look at that blue sky. That’s how much snow we had over in the Back of Beyond too.

So why did it take me an hour to get out of my village this morning? We are a single main road on the way to nowhere with around 2,500 inhabitants. And it took me an hour – AN HOUR – to get onto the main carriageway.

The motorway is 10 minutes from my house along this carriageway. There are 12 traffic islands in that space, numerous parking lay-bys, and the odd road mouth or two. So, instead of using one of these many ideal turning-around areas, one selfish, impatient small truck driver decided to turn-around mid-carriageway, and as he did so, someone coming in the opposite direction skidded into the side of his vehicle.

That is why it took an hour to get out of my village. Once beyond this obstruction my journey took the regular time because, after all, we don’t even have any snow. We have a hard frost.

And that’s another thing. We all knew this weather was on its way, didn’t we? We’ve all been expecting it since the beginning of the week. So where were the gritters? As usual, the only grit on the roads was where some little man, who happens to live close enough to a grit bin, graciously and from the goodness of his heart, scattered some grit with a shovel.

It’s not the weather that’s been holding people up this morning and causing accidents, or not around here it isn’t. It’s stupid people like our small truck driver and incompetents that can’t order a gritter truck. Gawd help us if/when we do actually get snow. Who will tell the snowploughs where to go?

I do love the snow, but I do prefer to be home looking at it than out driving in it, and I do feel sorry for those that have no choice. I hate driving in it and will resist if at all possible, but what we’ve had isn’t snow.

Today I’m (eventually) in the office and I’m doing marketing work. We have more snow showers forecast, and they’re supposed to get heavier over the weekend. Oh, we’re having a bit of a flurry right now. Perhaps we’ll get sent home early …

Have a great weekend.

7 thoughts on “>Slight rant …

  1. Devon Ellington 18 December 2009 / 1:54 pm

    >Go home early. Stay tucked in, safe and warm. It's no good being out on the road in bad weather!

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  2. Abi 18 December 2009 / 1:55 pm

    >We have had about an inch of snow here overnight. I haven't seen any gritting lorries around either. Most of the schools around here have shut prematurely but my children's school remained open although the walking route up to it was covered in ice so I decided to keep them off rather than experience a hospital visit!

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  3. Diane 18 December 2009 / 2:19 pm

    >Devon: That's what I intend to do. Much better to watch from the warm indoors than be out driving in it.Abi: You would have thought, after the great we've-run-out-of-grit fiasco of last winter, that the many local authorities would know all about grit and ice and snow. I nearly turned around and went home, but I knew it must just be an obstruction of sorts.

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  4. Teresa Ashby 18 December 2009 / 6:05 pm

    >We had no gritters either and only enough snow to make the roads and pavements treacherous, not enough to build a decent snowman.Keep warm!

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  5. Diane 19 December 2009 / 12:45 pm

    >It is very cold, isn't it? Brrr. You too.

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  6. Becky 19 December 2009 / 10:52 pm

    >Hi Diane…I've just been driving on the skating rings that are supposed to be roads. The car starts to feel wobbly doesn't it, because the tyres are not gripping the surface of the road, and turning corners and bends, you have to REALLY slow down…its actually really scary out there !! Nice to be warm and snug inside 🙂

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  7. Diane 20 December 2009 / 2:03 pm

    >Yup, snow is to be looked at and walked in and made into snowmen and thrown at each other. It is NOT to be driven in unless you have to. We didn't get very much at all and it was just lethal, hard, solid ice. Then we got about 2 inches during Saturday night, which was almost melted by Sunday lunchtime … But now we seem to be getting a proper dump of the white stuff … Keep safe. 🙂

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