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posted by [personal profile] panik at 10:33am on 08/01/2010 under , , ,
We spent the day twittering with Chorley (bloody) council yesterday - we and many others - demanding to know when they were going to grit our village to which the answer was -we're not. Withnell and Brinscall lie high in the hills, you've got to go uphill (or down, as the case may be) in any direction to get in and out and, since Thurlstone is likewise ice and snow bound (despite the ploughs and gritters who arrived in force yesterday), I guess we're going nowhere.

It makes no sense to leave a warm and cosy house and risk life and limb on motorways and Pennine roads to get to an ice box of a cottage that it'll take us 3 days to warm up (and no idea how much wood and coal is left and I doubt very much if deliveries will make it up our hill anymore than we will).

So, like the man on tthe Guinness ad, we wait. I'm only mildly worried about our house, we're well lagged so not anticipating burst pipes, I have parcels arriving - they can be collected but Oh Dear God I want to be home in my own space!!!

Mark's just set off to walk to Penistone. He spent 2 hours yesterday trying to dig us out  - with the rest of the street, there's quite the wartime spirit in the village. :o) - with little success; despite the snow ploughs and rampant gritting yesterday, it's the ice that's the problem, rather than the snow. I'm not sure what he'll find up there, the shops have been emptying steadily with panic-buying and scant deliveries (we got on Look North because of it! ::does excited little shimmy:: - well, no, not really. Look North does not excitement make.) - on Wednesday they were rationing us to a loaf a head. Thank goodness for my sister's bulk buying tendencies and leftover Christmas alcohol.

I myself am going nowhere. I seem to have developed an inner-ear problem with mild dizzyness; went arse-over-tit twice yesterday so no snowy trekking for me. Oh dear. What a shame. Never mind.

Angry cat is angry
Mr Stub does not like this weather

snowy Hamish

Hamish likes it even less..

location: Yorkshire
Music:: Hot water banging in the pipes
Mood:: 'chipper' chipper
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posted by [identity profile] at 10:38am on 08/01/2010
whatthe. why is Britain so ill prepared for this kind of weather? I know it's especially bad in Britain now but how can they just NOT grit the roads (i just learnt that word by reading yours and Bev's journal, hah) ?

i'm sorry you're stuck there, that must be godawful.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:48am on 08/01/2010
Our climate is normally very mild, extreme temperatures are very rare, we've had practically no snow like this for almost 30 years, it makes no sense to maintain snow ploughs and vast mountains of salt when they're only needed once every 30 years. If the climate looks to be changing (and this is the third year in a row it's snowed properly) then I guess the govt.will have to change their policy and allocate resources. ::shrug::

When I was a kid, this kind of weather was far more common, in Yorkshire anyway, the drifts used to bury our house to the bedroom windows - and we did deal with it, the country didn't grind to a halt as it has, but not anymore. Whole generations have grown up not seeing this kind of thing.

I'm cool (she said with a cheeky wink).
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posted by [identity profile] at 11:01am on 08/01/2010

Awwww - poor Hamish!

Bummer on not being able to get home, but never mind babe - as long as you're safe and warm and have booze and food. And a mildly grumpy dog...

posted by [identity profile] at 12:04pm on 08/01/2010
Mark's returned from the snowy wastes to say the main roads are clear, he's talking about setting out tomorrow. I remain wibblesome, I must say. We shall see...

Hope you're still safe and warm, sweetie. Stay cool - or, not.
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posted by [identity profile] at 12:36pm on 08/01/2010

Good luck! And take care too - though if you're going to go for it, tomorrow is probably a good day - it looks like more snow by Sunday. Meep! We're not built for this sort of malarkey *g*

posted by [identity profile] at 11:02am on 08/01/2010
Aww, poor Hamish...
posted by [identity profile] at 12:05pm on 08/01/2010
LOL, he's fine, he's a dog of the snow. He frolicks, tosses it about with his nose. Mr Stub is of a different opinion.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:42pm on 08/01/2010
"I seem to have developed an inner-ear problem with mild dizzyness;...."

Poor you, maybe the very cold weather. Try a drop of Lavender oil on a bit of cotton wool in your ear, keep any draughts out.

Timmy does not like the snow. His paws get frozen and we have to thaw them out, poor thing.

It was minus 10 degC here last night. Bloody cold.Today we also have freezing fog as an extra.......

Look after yourself and take care.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:57pm on 08/01/2010
Fully understand the compulsion to be in your own home, but for goodness' sake take care tomorrow if you do set off for home. Stay safe.
I can't imagine snow drifts up to your windowsills!
posted by [identity profile] at 03:51pm on 08/01/2010
I hope the dizziness spell has passed because vertigo sucks! We had snow here, and it's a mountainous kind of terrain, (the foothills to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains) and I made the major mistake yesterday of thinking that since the main roads were passable by the afternoon, that the side roads wouldn't be too bad. Mistake,Mistake, Mistake. I ended up skidding down a steep hill(I was going three miles an hour), and nudged into the guard rail three times before getting to the bottom, and then swerved all over the place getting back up. Ugh. When I was finally able to crawl back onto the more cleared road, I went the long way around to go home, because I could see the next side road was going to be the same as the one I nearly had a panic attack over.

so, your side roads are probably still very treacherous, no matter if they did get the main road done.

Can you walk from the main road to your house? I live down a holler, and I park up at the top and walk a half mile up and down when there's snow on the road.

Good Luck, and I hope you feel better.

posted by [identity profile] at 07:31pm on 08/01/2010
It's far more sensible to stay where you are and wait it out. Brrr! Stay warm - and I hope your ear infection clears up ASAP.

Love the pictures. Poor Hamish! Mr Stub looks totally unimpressed too! :oD
posted by [identity profile] at 01:44am on 09/01/2010
Travel safe and warm when going back home. I hope you will feel better soon. Sending good thoughts. Take care. Love