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.