Thursday… and snow it did

Car ParkThe snow fell, although not in the same quantities as other parts of the country, but enough to cause panic buying of milk and bread at the local supermarket, and getting to work a little tricky. If anything, this morning was harder as the temperature was -7 when I eventually got into the car, and a colleague reported -14 at his house about 8 miles away. However the countryside did look pretty!Corsham

It was getting cold again tonight as I left work (and it has been clear skies all day) so I hope the roads are OK for my trip back home tomorrow. Still, a pair of boots, a couple of fleeces and other warm clothes – just in case – and I hope I’ll be OK!

Onwards and upwards!

10 Responses to “Thursday… and snow it did”

  1. Gillian on 07 Jan 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    fingers crossed you made it home ok. I ventured out, cautiously through the village, sped along the A303 and A34 and then encountered the ice palace formerly known as Newbury….. and got my car stuck in the company car-park 🙁

    Thankfully our very nice maintenance team dug me out and put my car in a more sensible place for the slide back out of Newbury later in the afternoon.

    Boy, am I glad I live in Hamshire and not Berkshire 🙂

    Keep safe and warm – and apparently you can use ice-cream as substitute milk (ok in coffee, yucky in tea!)

    xxxx Gillian

  2. Peter on 07 Jan 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    It’s tomorrow I’m treavelling back – he says, looking out of the window nervously! I think I shall stick to the M4/A34 rathger than the cross country route across Salisbury Plain! xx

  3. richard on 08 Jan 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Apparently in Canada it is common practice to carry a candle (and matches or lighter) in the car (in Winter months I think) as the heat from a single candle keeps the car warm if stuck in the snow.

    In past years there was advice to carry a condom in the car to wee in, if stuck, to retain the body heat lost through micturition as a hotwater bottle. Not easy for ladies. Nor so easy for men to convince others as to why they are in the glove box 🙂

    Gillian did your team have nice uniforms and big boot like the firemen?

  4. Gillian on 08 Jan 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Unfortunately my team weren’t in uniform – perhaps I should suggest it 😉

    Peter, roads around here aren’t to bad. A34 is clear as a bell, and other routes have a bit of snow/ice on but not too bad.

    Just contemplating whether to venture out again today 😀


  5. Peter on 09 Jan 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    I had no problems yesterday – until the last 2 yards into the drive! However 45 minutes with a shovel and then a run up and I was safely parked! The M4 was OK – the A34 perfect!

    I’ve been doing a bit more snow clearing today!

  6. Richard on 09 Jan 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    Gosh Peter a whole shift……….seven and three quarter hours ……..we need you on the salt delivery round here.

    Still snowed in but plenty of grub in the fridge and freezers so all should be fine.



  7. Peter on 10 Jan 2010 at 9:29 pm #


  8. Gillian on 11 Jan 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    Ha ha ha!! I looked at that and thought you must live in a mansion with a HUGE drive!! Was very impressed, for a moment 😉

    Snow is slowly thawing around here (still rubbish in Newbury) but fingers crossed we don’t get too much more, daughter has first GCSE science module on Thursday morning :o)

    xxx Wrap up warm


  9. Gillian on 13 Jan 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    Right, am officially fed up with global warming when it means we freeze for a week!

    Finished off left over mulled wine and other similar beverages are now running low. Need to call on the services of ‘beverages on 4×4 wheels’ – now there’s an idea for Dragons den 😉

    Hope you all are keeping well and warm – gave up on trying to get into Newbury today after listening to the horrendous reports on the radio and tv – fingers crossed it’s better tomorrow


  10. Richard on 17 Jan 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Having spent most of Thursday clearing the drive with my home made shovel/board two cars could get out and the postie in. Now it is raining so the snow has gone………..apart from the large piles of cleared snow which will probably be here in February 🙂

    I trust you are all safe and have no damage, I will have to mend my neighbour’s frozen pipe but first she needs additional stopcocks to isolate parts of her system as otherwise we have to turn the whole service off in the road to work on it. Still I have a new MAPP blow torch to play with but will probably melt the copper if too enthusiastic.

    Family celebrations at Eastwell Manor today in part to see off daughter number two who is off to Oz for about 6 months on Tuesday.

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