I'm going right off snow right now.
Today was my big trip up north to visit historyterry
. I've been looking forward to it ever since I decided to come to England for Christmas. I'd treated myself to a First Class return (it wasn't that much of a splurge, only an extra 15 quid, but it was going to be lovely) and we had plans for exploring and eating and generally making merry.
Then it snowed.
As I recounted yesterday, it snowed rather more than expected. I was watching the local news last night and apparently my little corner of the county was the worst hit. Yay? The town lies in a valley so the only way to get in or out is over some very big, steep hills. My village is on top of one of those hills. Our bus last night made it up the hill, just about, but it looks like it was one of the last. All the roads out of town were impassable by 5pm and they had to set up emergency shelters for all the people stranded.
Undeterred, I still planned to go up to Manchester. Dad and I made plans for me to catch a nice, early train. We decided to set out with more than enough time for even the worst roads. I got up bright and early, pressie for Terry packed and my knitting sorted.
Dad checked the trains and discovered that the train we were aiming for had been cancelled. Never fear! We were ready so blisteringly early that we could hop out and be there for the earlier train.
Six inches. No shovels (apart from a garden spade). A dustpan. A broom. Three adults.
Yes, we really have been reduced to using a dustpan to dig out.
Despite all that and our best attempts, we could not get enough of the big drift behind the car carved away to allow us out. At one point, Dad and I were in the car with the wheels spinning, half way into the road and unable to get forwards or backwards. Getting six miles down the road to the train station? Not happening.
My train to Manchester is probably running. I just can't get to it. And it's a non-refundable ticket.
I'm feeling pretty disappointed and upset right now :-(
At least I'm not stranded in London?
Mum and Dad are out there right now trying to get some of the worst of it cleared. They sent me in because there are simply not enough implements for three people to be clearing. We really need snow shovels! We're starting to run low on a lot of things food-wise and Mum is hoping to be able to get to a store later. Dad and I just laughed at that idea. She's starting to worry that Christmas lunch might be a bit lacking in the, er, lunch department.
I think the best we'll manage to today is a trek up to the petrol station to buy some milk. I can't believe that we've had over a foot of snow in less than a week!