Tuesday 22 December 2009

Winter Wonderland

Winter WonderlandWhat a difficult couple of days. More snow started to fall yesterday afternoon and about 6 inches (15 cms) fell in a few hours.

The UK can't seem to handle snow for some unknown reason. Every seemingly minor snowfall causes complete chaos on the roads and yesterday was no exception. I spent three and a half hours picking up my son from work - 6 miles away! The roads were competely gridlocked.

Just before bedtime last night the electricity went off. It was a very cold night so we lit the wood-burning stove in an effort to keep the house warm.

The electricity was still off this morning. Frustratingly, we found that for most of the village the power had come back on within a few hours. There were just a few of us without.

We don't realise how much we rely on electricity until we find ourselves without it. It was a big relief when it came back on at 4.00pm.

We had such a bad experience after the hurricane of 1987 when we had no power for 7 days, that I always fear the worst when the power goes off!

On the plus side - I managed to get out for a short time with my camera. The trees look very pretty with their white winter coats against a beautiful blue sky.


IsobelleGoLightly said...

That is just lovely (where you are), although here in New York State we can appreciate the problems snowfall causes. What a grand way to view your garden across the sea!

Jenny said...

Thanks for your comment.

I realise that we get very few severe weather conditions here in the south of England compared to other locations in the world. The problem is that some years we don't get any snow at all, so we are not geared up for a heavy snowfall.

The authorities are not prepared to clear large amounts of snow and most people seem to panic when faced with any adverse weather conditions on the roads!

The forecast is for 9 degrees C (48 F) on Saturday, so maybe winter is over for this year!