08 January 2010

January Brings the Snow ...

... and an unavoidable trip from Somerset to Northampton.

The journey up on Tuesday was fine - brilliant blue skies and sunshine for most of the journey - but bitterly cold and the windscreen washer refusing to work for the first hour-and-a-half.

A couple of hours after arriving at our destination this was the scene from the front window ...



Wednesday morning looked like this ...





with more snow falling just before we set off for the family funeral which was the purpose of our visit.



We stayed a second night and woke up to thick ice on the car, but at least the roads was fairly clear. So we set off on the return journey wondering how far we would get, and whether we'd end up having to stay someone en route. All was well, though, apart from the irritation of the frozen windscreen washer once again. Unfortunately it didn't thaw out at all and we had to stop frequently to squirt or pour water over the windscreen. Finding somewhere to pull up wasn't easy. Most of the lay-bys on the A34 was so thick with snow that there was no chance of pulling into them. We weren't alone, though, as we saw endless lorry drivers throwing handfuls of snow up onto their windscreens, and numerous car drivers doing the same as us with bottles of water. These photos were taken when it was possible to pull of the road ...







... gorgeous blue skies once again, and glorious sunshine!

We were lucky there was very little traffic, and the journey took barely an hour longer than normal.

Dairy House, meanwhile, has been closed. Lorries were stuck on the A350 between the A303 and Shaftesbury, and the road was closed. I'm not sure whether I shall get there tomorrow - if I do make the journey I don't intend staying all day. If the windscreen washer is still frozen I need to get home in daylight rather than do anything too foolhardy. And to be honest I don't expect anyone will be daft enough to venture forth to Dairy House (not if they know how cold it is on a normal winter's day at any rate). I think we're supposed to be getting more snow tomorrow or Sunday, so it'll be a case of sense prevailing as far as I'm concerned.

I hope the weather isn't hampering your activities too much. If you love the snow, then enjoy! If you hate it, I hope you're able to do what you need to do without too much disruption.

3 comments:

Marilyn said...

Your pictures look like they could have been taken in my back yard!!
Brutal cold & almost a foot of snow already on the ground....
**Smile**
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Martha said...

Beautiful pictures! We got our first ice on Christmas Eve and the snow has piled on since -- not usual for the prairie (or this part of the prairie!) -- still snow covered but the forecast is for mid 30's next week -- hopefully, goodbye snow!

Virginia bed and breakfast | Victorian inn bed and breakfast | Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

Nice post, my superb walks in the snow have given me time, silence and 'light' to take a good long look at how ice-elated.

Best Regards,