There is currently snow about. You’d be hard pressed not to miss it – even my parents have had snow. But it’s quite amusing.
First, the background. I grew up on the south coast of England where it snowed every three years or so. Although it did, however, completely fail to snow while I was at uni – except in the Christmas of my first year where it snowed at home and nowhere else. Until last winter I’d never seen the snow stay around for more than a day. Until this winter and one a few years ago, I’d never seen it start to snow and settle during the day. So I was a bit startled before Christmas when it did just that, it was really slippery and I vowed never to drive in snow again.
Cut to this winter. There are quite a lot of people at work who, at the mention of snow, get all excited. They were rather less excited after the sudden snow we had before Christmas, mind you, but they’re back to being yay about snow again.
Yesterday it started snowing about 5pm, so although I did drive home in it, it wasn’t really any different from driving in rain. It was forecast to get heavier and it did. We cancelled our Rotaract cheese and wine planning meeting for the second time for the same reason. So everywhere was a bit white this morning.
But it is just ordinary snow. Walking to the station this morning to get the bus was pretty easy because people had already walked along the pavements and flattened all the snow. So I reckon, looking at the height of the bits people have walked on and comparing it to the bits people haven’t, that we’ve got about two inches. The most snow I’ve ever seen was last January, which was more than that.
The main roads are fine, just slushy at the edges. The minor roads are snowy, but really slushy where enough people have driven. So understandably the bus was 35mins late. And then he didn’t drive that fast because the slush isn’t great to drive on. The route does go through a village and coming out of that onto the main road the bus did go sideways. I was just glad I wasn’t driving.
So I got to work 45mins late to find that no one else in my office was there. One of them lives not far from me and hadn’t come in because she reckoned the roads were impassable. Someone else hadn’t come in because they didn’t believe the bus company’s website when they said they were running the buses until 7pm and she thought they’d leave her stranded. (Amusingly, the bus that runs between home and work stops at 6.53 usually…)
Given that I’m the one least used to snow, I can’t believe how wet they’re all being. I left early because I had loads of overtime to take and had failed to take any of it on Monday or Tuesday. The roads were much better and because there was no traffic and the bus was on time, I had the fastest bus journey home I’ve ever had. I’m waiting to see how many people bother to make it tomorrow now.
The best part is that I bought some really big, thick gloves from Primark at Christmas (for a whole £3) and although I can’t do a thing with my hands while I’m wearing them, they do keep my hands lovely and warm. I was also wearing my fencing socks on top of my usual socks, my walking boots (waterproof and good grip), my tracksuit bottoms on top of my work trousers, three jumpers and two hoods and a hat on my head. The only part of me that was cold was my feet and part of that was because they were really stuffed into my shoes so I couldn’t really feel them anyway.
Mirrored from my blog.