And still it snowed

All afternoon and into yesterday evening, the snow kept on falling. A friend who lives in the nearby town of Alcester sent me this photograph of the main road which runs from her town to ours. It’s not terribly clear having been taken from the cab of a digger working to clear the drifts during the afternoon (she works for the company), but it’s easy to see that it looks impassable. I can’t imagine that the pub on the right did much trade yesterday.


Fortunately we have had no more snow today and the forecast is that it should slowly begin to melt. There is already evidence of this as the cars outside our house are beginning to emerge from their frosty tombs.

I wonder what my blog readers in other countries think of the British preoccupation with the weather. In our defense, such levels of snow are rare and we are just not geared up to cope. The grit lorries do a sterling job but there are just not that many of them. Should our councils buy more ready for use when required I wonder, or are our council taxes better spent on services that are routinely required throughout the year? I think we have to go with the latter and resign ourselves to the occasional inconvenience caused by a heavy snowfall. The last seriously bad winters were those of 2010/11 and 2011/12 and, to be fair, this one hasn’t been particularly bad apart from a few very unpleasant days.

Personally, the biggest effect has been on my social life! A hair appointment cancelled on Thursday, no gym (closed) and a lunch party cancelled on Friday, today’s planned trip to Worcester (still looking for that dress) deferred until some unspecified later date and another lunch with friends tomorrow put off until the end of the month. Three free days – unheard of!  Yesterday I tried to write – the book’s epilogue is still stumping me so today I am not even going to think about it. Some sewing is likely (small alterations here and there and a hem to stitch) and I’m going to make a few greetings cards ready for forthcoming birthdays, a wedding and a soon-to-be-born new baby. Then it’s make a cake time. Just so you know, we don’t necessarily eat all this cake I make – sometimes I give them away.

The National Trust has a new Afternoon Tea book out and the Daily Mail has reproduced some of the recipes in today’s Weekend magazine.  I have the requisite ingredients for some of them so I may give them a try.  I could do some ironing but that’s quite unlikely!

If you’re reading this from one of those countries that’s basking in warmth and sunshine, spare a thought for us here, and to the rest of you, stay safe and warm and remember that though it may not seem that way at the moment – spring really is on its way.



  1. Well, the East Coast of the US is receiving yet another really bad snow storm (“Nor’easters” they are called, as the winds come down from the north-east) – their third or fourth, so far. Here, on the west coast, we are having snow in the north and upper elevations and rain and mudslides in the southern areas. 🙂 All I am getting is a very thin, misty-fine drizzle that many in Britain probably won’t even consider as “rain”, but I am grateful for what little rain I receive because it means my plants are getting watered without me having to run up my water bill!

    Hope your snow melts and the weather improves, soon. Spring has to be just around the corner!


    • Very fine rain is what we call drizzle. It’s been a beautiful spring day and I think we’re all hoping that the snow is gone for good……until next winter anyway.


  2. Our snow here in Torbay has all but gone – well, from our corner of the Bay at least. It’s relatively mild now, about 4C rather than -6C. A shame your social life has been disrupted, Eloise. It sounds like my life used to be but now I participate far less socially than I used to, and I just love being at home and not having to get ready to go out. Lazy or a sign I’m ageing, I wonder? I’ve just loved being at home these past few days while there have been blizzards and snow, and a few years ago I’d have been climbing the walls by now, itching to go out.
    Margaret P


    • Oh I do enjoy being at home too, Margaret. Our snow started to melt and it is milder BUT it’s 8pm and it has just started to come down again!


  3. More gritter lorries wouldn’t help as grit doesn’t work on snow. There needs to be traffic to turn it into slush first. Years ago farmers would have a contract with their local councils to clear snow they could then claim money from the council. Now there are hardly any farmers, no contracts and councils rarely own their own equipment.


  4. It’s been very inconvenient, i agree, but less than a week. Thawing might take another week or so, mind, especially where there are drifts.
    J x


    • I agree, its a pain when it’s here but at least it doesn’t happen often, Joy. I remember in early 2011, long after the snow had gone from almost everywhere, there was a pile in the corner of Tesco’s car park and it was there for weeks!


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