02 February 2009

London's All White.

According to the news this morning, London has had its worst snow for 18 years. I think it's possibly even longer than that. I don't recall it this bad since about 1962. It started snowing slowly and steadily yesterday. A bit here, a bit there and by suppertime it was about 3 inches (8 cm) deep. When the alarm went off this morning, I looked out of the window and everywhere was eerily quiet. The snow by now was about 8 inches (20 cm) deep. Kay was not only already awake, but sitting at her desk in her room, when I went in to wake her at 6.30am, and informed me that she had just heard on the radio that there were no trains or buses running in London. She had also checked that out on the various websites. The general advice on the TV was not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Does school count as necessary? I tried to telephone the school to see whether they planned on closing, seeing as not everyone might be able to get in, but I got the usual recorded message out of hours. Nothing on their website either. Obviously staff were having trouble getting in to record a message on the phone or website

Meanwhile, Snoopy went out in the garden to inspect the strange stuff.



Kay and I had breakfast ( a hearty one of porridge to set us up for the day) and then dressed in lots of layers like Michelin men to embark on a walk to the centre of our area. First thing we saw on leaving our front door was this......


That ruled out any attempt to get in the car and drive, but we had already decided on walking anyway. We waded out of our cul-de-sac (we were the first ones to leave on foot this morning, so the snow was virginal,untouched and high enough to spill over our boots!) Then we turned into the usually fairly busy road to find there were no cars moving at all and people were walking down the centre of the road, taking photos.

I could not resist this photo of our local Royal Mail post box.



When we got to the town centre, there was indeed no buses or trains at all. The main arterial roads were by no means clear and were covered in thick churned-up slush. Cars were so far and few between ( and only driving at about 5 mph) that we were able to cross the roads without even glancing at the traffic lights. There was no way Kay was going to get to her school which is about 4 miles away (other than walk of course, but that would probably get her there in time to turn round and come home again!) While we were deliberating what to do next, she bumped into two of her good friends who were also assessing what to do. They decided to go off in a clump to one of their houses (presumably to have snowball fights or listen to music!) I meanwhile waded back home and am warming up and deciding whether to take Snoopy for a walk or not.

Having lived in Germany, I am well aware that other countries experience far worse snow than this and still manage to function perfectly normally without this much disruption. They must be laughing up their sleeves at us with no buses or trains, grinding the capital to a halt. But I suppose it is because these sort of conditions are so rare for London, that it does not warrant us owning a fleet of snowploughs to deal with this once-in-18-years-occurrence. It sure looks pretty though and I am going to go off and make a hot chocolate to drink while I gaze out at the lovely sight from my window.


21 comments:

Flowerpot said...

no snow here in Cornwall but then we don't usually get any! Looks wonderful up with you and I'e just heard from my brother in Sussex - they've got loads of snow too.

Robert said...

No snow here in Somerset/North Devon either. I love snow, but the forecast for my immediate area is for little or none :0(

Grumpy Old Ken said...

We're pathetic as a nation at times. The only time we're ever up to it is in times of war. having said that, pretty 'init.

Nota Bene said...

Here in deepest darkest Essex, we have about 9" of snow. I love it, I love, I love it! It's the BEST snow we've had for decades! I can do some work from home, and then will take camera and self out for some fun. I may even get over excited and bring the skis out too!

...and I think it does the country good to grind to a halt once in a while....! We can all just chill out! (sorry) Nota Bene aged 4 and a half

KatduGers said...

The snow looks amazing! Lucky you. Isn't it funny how the snow brings out the child in everyone - even the coolest teenagers!

April said...

Very astonishing, so much snow. A friend of the family works in London and was telephoned to stay at home.
As for heavy snowfalls, that's very different in different parts of Germany. Here in the Rhineland region, in the Rhine valley, there is seldom much snow.
Greetings, Cologneblog

Ellen said...

We too are enjoying this delightful gift of snow. My son and I were both thrilled to discover that our schools' were closed today (I work at a school as a TA). Our children so rarely experience any 'proper' snow that I am sure they will remember and be more inspired by the snowball fights, tobogganing and building snowmen of today, than they would sitting in classroom on a cold, February, Monday morning.

I loved your beautiful pictures of the snow R.

aims said...

A common enough sight for us here in Alberta.

Funnily enough - there is not that much snow in my front yard at the moment. We get chinooks that come in and warm up the temps and melt the snow before it starts all over again.

We have been known to have snow every single month of the year here.

Makes you want to move south doesn't it?

Gill - That British Woman said...

my mother rang me today, saying she was flying over to borrow our snow blower, as they had 5 inches of snow in Cumbria........for once I didn't laugh at her, as 5 inches is nothing to us, but its an awful lot for you guys who are not used to it.

Gill in Canada

Elaine said...

It's beautiful, isn't it? I went to bed last night with the snow just melting and have woken up to a lovely white world again. I do love it! It brings out the kid in me :)

blogthatmama said...

It's so beautiful, isn't it. Are you still snowed in today?

Kit Courteney said...

As another one from Essex, we had a beautifully deep covering of snow on everything... so pretty and pure... until the local kids (and their parents) ruined it all by making snowballs!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Aye, that's thick alright. We haven't had much at all, just rain and this afternoon it's been a glorious sunny day!

CJ xx

"M" said...

Oh don't feel bad....some parts of America can't handle the snow either. For example, I live in the southeastern part of the US and if snow is even predicted everything gets canceled! Just stay in and enjoy the day off!

DulwichDivorcee said...

Isn't it gorgeous? Dulwich was a picture. Of course, my camera was out of batteries ...but I think I caught some blurs with my phone, might try and put them on my blog but it's a bit technical for me ...x

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

We did get some on Monday night. First we've had for about 5 years I think. Very pretty, took some photos 'for the album' and went for a walk. The sun came out, beautifully warm, and now the snow has almost gone. A x

khaye said...

Wow, it's a perfect time to just SLEEP!

Eurodog said...

We had snow here at the beginning of the new year. Now it is cold. Very cold actually and the whole of the country is down with flu it seems.

Fat4Now said...

Only a little snow in Newcastle
not enough to make people wear anything more than jeans and a tee shirt to the football :)

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

lovely looking,can be slippery and lethal...what does that remind you of?

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Love the blog and your pictures are breathtaking.........

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