Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Yes, we've had a little snow.

We had some lovely sunshine today, after yesterday's snow and freezing
conditions overnight, so I hopped on a bus this morning to Woodthorpe
Park, to photograph the snow and everyone there. There were lots of
schoolkids there plus a few parents, all having fun. (Many schools
were closed today owing to the bad weather ... and parents can't go
work leaving children at home by themselves, can they?)

(click on the photo to see a larger version)

Later on, Mrs C and I walked into the city centre for a free two course meal
(and a bottle of NZ chardonnay), courtesy of John Lewis. Well we must be one
of their best customers, as we do most of our non-food shopping there. As for
food, we using Waitrose quite a lot for our food shopping too ~ Waitrose is
a branch of John Lewis, and it's just opened a large supermarket across the
road from the JL shop.

Our main transport services were badly hit by the heavy snow and ice
yesterday. Most of the London airports were closed for the day, there were
no buses running in London. The M25 motorway around London was gridlocked
owing to car and lorry accidents (a 54 mile gridlock part of the day) ~ so
everything ground to a halt.

Meanwhile I heard from a friend today that his son in Moscow is enjoying
temperatures of minus 30 Centigrade. The transport services are all
working normally, despite the snow and ice (with slippery walking conditions).
What are we doing wrong, I wonder? How about fitting snow tyres to all
vehicles, before the snow comes?


Blogger Kimber said...

Snow!! In England! That's incredible! Love the pictures. Do you get it very regularly? I'm surprised to see people own sleds?

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Martin said...

Wow Snow! Enjoy it Justin, we only get the odd sprinkle here.

10:56 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Hi Kimber & Martin ~ yes, we get some snow every winter, but here in the Midlands, the amounts aren't usually very much. However, the weather people are saying that this is the worst snow we've had for 20 years.
Aviemore in Scotland is one of the best places for skiing, in the UK. I found this site on Google ...
When our girls were little, we had a red plastic sledge for them ... for most of the year, it stayed in our garage.

11:44 PM  

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