Thursday, 2 December 2010
I interrupt the run of 'pretty' snow pictures to show you the latest development. This was taken from my office window yesterday at about 1pm. You can just make out Salts Mill chimney in the background. It snowed on and off all day but, even so, here we have a good deal less than those unfortunates who live nearer the east coast. My sister, in Lincoln, was unable to get home from work on Tuesday and spent the night in an hotel near her office. The snow now seems to be covering much of eastern and central England and Scotland, to a depth unheard of at this time of year. Because we're not used to it, it causes severe disruption to transport, businesses and schools. It's probably no worse than 'in the olden days' but most of us have forgotten those times, as we've had a succession of mild winters until last year - and in the olden days we all lived much more local lives. Now there are just too many people trying to get around on the roads. I'm very thankful that I only have a short walk to work and that most of the things I really need are very localised. Though I worry a bit about my mother, as neither my sister nor I could easily get to her in this weather. I spoke to her last night and so far she seems fine, though she has not been out for over a week now. It all shows little sign of letting up. It might be a long winter!
(The most bizarre thing was that, even as it looked like this outside, inside we were in short-sleeved T-shirts with the desk fans blowing, as the temperature in the office rose to 27℃ (80℉)! The building is hermetically sealed and somehow they never can seem to get the heating right.)