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According to the weather forecast we're expecting anything up to 40 centimetres of snow overnight and through tomorrow. And it's cold outside. Bloody cold. If and when it snows it will stick.

More Snow

Mar. 18th, 2013 04:12 pm
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OK, I've had enough of this now. Time for some better weather, please.
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The dog has been enjoying the snow. She thinks it's marvellous, but can't figure out why she can't find snowballs that have been thrown for her. Because of not getting grit or salt in the dog's paws BB hasn't gritted the yard, so it's a bit treacherous underfooy, but otherwise the white stuff hasn't been too much of a problem - mostly because we've not really needed to go out in it on a regular basis. However they're promising a further 20 cm tonight combined with high winds and resulting drifts.

My little car (KA) doen't have winter tyres, so I haven't even swept the snow off it. It looks like a little rotund snowmobile. It's the only car in the street that hasn't moved since the snow hit, but BB has winter tyres on his so if we've needed to go anywhere he's volunteered to drive. This afternoon he took me down to Denby Dale to a) pay our taxes at the Post  Office b) call at the local butcher's shop for one of his excellent steak and potato pies, and c) pop into the wool shop for some black merino to knit a new pair of ankle-warmers (hey, my office gets cold in winter because the floor under my carpet is stone flaggs over a vaulted stone cellar). On the way home the wind had started to blow and despite the snow having been down and settled for the best part of a week, the wind was whipping it up from the fields and opportunistically blowing it across the roads at every field gate and opening in the dry stone walls. At one point it looked like the snow was boiling over the top of the walls, whipping up and over like wisps of steam.

Now it's midnight-thirty. It's perishing outside and the snow has started to fall.

However if the weather forecast is to be believed it's going to turn to rain by tomorrow night and then puddle it down for the next couple of days. Oh joy! My Great Granny would have nodded wisely. She always said that it took a fresh fall of snow to take away the old stuff.

We've been grumbling about snow, but it will be floods next as the frozen ground fails to soak up the excess rain. Beware.
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I was up writing until around 4.00 a.m., but when I did try and go to bed I just lay there for (seemed like hours), listening to the wind howling off the moor. During that time I counted seven separate clunks of things being blown about outside that shouldn't ought to be.

BB retrieved the garden furniture this morning. Nothing broken that we can see but sometimes you don't find out the worst until the water starts seeping through a bedroom ceiling or oozing out of the wall below the valley gutter. We only just finished decorating the smallest bedroom after having the ceiling replastered due to a persistent water encroachment.
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I was up writing until around 4.00 a.m., but when I did try and go to bed I just lay there for (seemed like hours), listening to the wind howling off the moor. During that time I counted seven separate clunks of things being blown about outside that shouldn't ought to be.

BB retrieved the garden furniture this morning. Nothing broken that we can see but sometimes you don't find out the worst until the water starts seeping through a bedroom ceiling or oozing out of the wall below the valley gutter. We only just finished decorating the smallest bedroom after having the ceiling replastered due to a persistent water encroachment.
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Just caught up with the news that Goderich Ontario, where there's an excellent festival in early August that we've played a number of times, got hit by a tornado last Sunday. It trashed the town centre where we've spent many happy hours with friends hanging out between music sessions.


Best wishes to all our friends there. I hope you're OK.




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Just caught up with the news that Goderich Ontario, where there's an excellent festival in early August that we've played a number of times, got hit by a tornado last Sunday. It trashed the town centre where we've spent many happy hours with friends hanging out between music sessions.


Best wishes to all our friends there. I hope you're OK.




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Ever since we had new U-PVC windows installed, some 12 or 15 years ago our bedroom sings in the wind. We didn't pay extra, but somehow we got the free upgrade to Aeolian Windows or more likely Aeolian Frames. I guess somewhere there's a tiny gap in the mastic and the whole window resonates like a bass flute. When it's really windy - like last night - both windows go for it in harmony.

So there we were, trying to get to sleep and stay asleep with the whole bedroom howing like ghosts in a bad Victorian melodrama, when BB gives up and goes for some LILO time (liquid in - liqid out, i.e. a cup of tea and a pee) and as he's brailling his way back round the bed in the dark he sees flickering lights outside to go with the woo-woo ghostie noises.

This morning we find that next door's posh garden shed, which backs on to our five foot high, Yorkshire stone, 200 year old garden wall has its toof tied on with rope and two of the coping stones where the roof obviously crashed down on its way north have been dislodged. And the end fence-post for our dog fence (the tensioner for the main support wire) has been knocked two feet out of skew.

Great!

And the weather forecast says it's going to get windy tonight.
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Ever since we had new U-PVC windows installed, some 12 or 15 years ago our bedroom sings in the wind. We didn't pay extra, but somehow we got the free upgrade to Aeolian Windows or more likely Aeolian Frames. I guess somewhere there's a tiny gap in the mastic and the whole window resonates like a bass flute. When it's really windy - like last night - both windows go for it in harmony.

So there we were, trying to get to sleep and stay asleep with the whole bedroom howing like ghosts in a bad Victorian melodrama, when BB gives up and goes for some LILO time (liquid in - liqid out, i.e. a cup of tea and a pee) and as he's brailling his way back round the bed in the dark he sees flickering lights outside to go with the woo-woo ghostie noises.

This morning we find that next door's posh garden shed, which backs on to our five foot high, Yorkshire stone, 200 year old garden wall has its toof tied on with rope and two of the coping stones where the roof obviously crashed down on its way north have been dislodged. And the end fence-post for our dog fence (the tensioner for the main support wire) has been knocked two feet out of skew.

Great!

And the weather forecast says it's going to get windy tonight.

Oh, snow!

Dec. 4th, 2010 03:29 pm
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It's thawing here today, but we still have about a foot of snow and our side-road is still white. I believe we're expecting more snow tomorrow. With BB and I both working from home it's not as if we have to be anywhere anytime soon, so it's not been much of an inconvenience yet. I had to cancel a dental appointment on Thursday, but what's inconvenient about that?

Oh, snow!

Dec. 4th, 2010 03:29 pm
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It's thawing here today, but we still have about a foot of snow and our side-road is still white. I believe we're expecting more snow tomorrow. With BB and I both working from home it's not as if we have to be anywhere anytime soon, so it's not been much of an inconvenience yet. I had to cancel a dental appointment on Thursday, but what's inconvenient about that?
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Just for the record, it's was lovely clean crisp snow this morning. BB went out and cleared the front path and even managed to get one car door open (the passenger one, unfortunately) but now it's snowing again and the cleared path is white again, so time for another cup of tea.



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Just for the record, it's was lovely clean crisp snow this morning. BB went out and cleared the front path and even managed to get one car door open (the passenger one, unfortunately) but now it's snowing again and the cleared path is white again, so time for another cup of tea.



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Puppy and BB in snow.... awww





And his pathetic Let Me In pic (He was only out withut us for half a minute.)



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Puppy and BB in snow.... awww





And his pathetic Let Me In pic (He was only out withut us for half a minute.)



Oh - Snow!

Dec. 20th, 2009 11:14 pm
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We had to collect Number One Son from Manchester Airport at stupid o'clock this morning - on a Sunday with light traffic it's not much more than a one hour journey. I checked real-time arrivals before setting off - luckily - and found that the 7.30 a.m. arrival was now 9.00 due to storms along the Eastern Seaboard of the USA. Okay - we might have got up too early, but we could have another hour and a half at home and not set off until 8.00.

Weather? Frosty with a light dusting of snow. No thaw-freeze so unlikely to be black ice, but better take it steady. We avoided the back roads and took the Woodhead Pass over the Pennines, and arrived in Manchester about 9.15.

And - oh, yes - we had Diezel the puppy with us. 13 weeks old and cute as bugs' ears. We gave him half his usual amount of breakfast at 7.00, (an hour before setting off) safe in the knowledge that we'd be home by 11.00 for his second meal of the day.

Ha!
J's plane touched down by 9.15 but only showed on the board as 'Landed' rather than 'Arrived' or 'Baggage Reclaim'. The weather was so cold that apparently Manchester was having difficulty with the sky-bridges or somesuch at the landing gates plus there was snow on the runway - but unfortunately they weren't very forthcoming with information. I'm surprised there was so much disruption this morning, even before the main snow storms of the day. Had it not have been for the delays at Manchester we could have been back home before the worst of it set in.

Diezel had a fine time being admired by passers by in Terminal 2 and no one objected too much to him beign in there. he wasn't the only dog, and forcing people to stand outside with them would have been cruel (more to the people than the dogs) It was also good experience for him on his road to puppy socialisation. But the deklays seemed to go on forever. A 7.30 scheduled time which became a 9.00 landing turned into an 11.00 disembarkation, by which time it had snowed softly, but substantially. Son collected, as we got out of the airport the roads were starting to get white over with snow, so rather than risk the Wookhead Pass we came back via the motorway (M60/M62), where traffic crawled nose to tail when it crawled at all. We could have walked faster. SIX FRIGGING HOURS!!!!!! We got home after 5.00.

I do understand that driving steadily on the M62 is desirable, especially when it's all frozen slush and packed, polished white stuff, but three and a half of those journey hours were nose-to-tail from the M62 off-ramp through Huddersfield where the roads were passable with care. A mere ten miles or so. Snow was not the problem, but traffic congestion was. Were people actually out and about trying to get their last minute Christmas Shopping done? If we hadn't had to pick J up from Manchester there's no way we'd have even attempted to fire up the Ford on a day like today.

During all this Diezel was a star. He hardly made a squeak, but must have thought food was going out of fashion by the time we got back home after five, having missed three meals altogether (as had we). He's not quite sure what to make of the snow, so tomorrow I'm guessing there will be several games of chase the snowball!

Oh - Snow!

Dec. 20th, 2009 11:14 pm
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We had to collect Number One Son from Manchester Airport at stupid o'clock this morning - on a Sunday with light traffic it's not much more than a one hour journey. I checked real-time arrivals before setting off - luckily - and found that the 7.30 a.m. arrival was now 9.00 due to storms along the Eastern Seaboard of the USA. Okay - we might have got up too early, but we could have another hour and a half at home and not set off until 8.00.

Weather? Frosty with a light dusting of snow. No thaw-freeze so unlikely to be black ice, but better take it steady. We avoided the back roads and took the Woodhead Pass over the Pennines, and arrived in Manchester about 9.15.

And - oh, yes - we had Diezel the puppy with us. 13 weeks old and cute as bugs' ears. We gave him half his usual amount of breakfast at 7.00, (an hour before setting off) safe in the knowledge that we'd be home by 11.00 for his second meal of the day.

Ha!
J's plane touched down by 9.15 but only showed on the board as 'Landed' rather than 'Arrived' or 'Baggage Reclaim'. The weather was so cold that apparently Manchester was having difficulty with the sky-bridges or somesuch at the landing gates plus there was snow on the runway - but unfortunately they weren't very forthcoming with information. I'm surprised there was so much disruption this morning, even before the main snow storms of the day. Had it not have been for the delays at Manchester we could have been back home before the worst of it set in.

Diezel had a fine time being admired by passers by in Terminal 2 and no one objected too much to him beign in there. he wasn't the only dog, and forcing people to stand outside with them would have been cruel (more to the people than the dogs) It was also good experience for him on his road to puppy socialisation. But the deklays seemed to go on forever. A 7.30 scheduled time which became a 9.00 landing turned into an 11.00 disembarkation, by which time it had snowed softly, but substantially. Son collected, as we got out of the airport the roads were starting to get white over with snow, so rather than risk the Wookhead Pass we came back via the motorway (M60/M62), where traffic crawled nose to tail when it crawled at all. We could have walked faster. SIX FRIGGING HOURS!!!!!! We got home after 5.00.

I do understand that driving steadily on the M62 is desirable, especially when it's all frozen slush and packed, polished white stuff, but three and a half of those journey hours were nose-to-tail from the M62 off-ramp through Huddersfield where the roads were passable with care. A mere ten miles or so. Snow was not the problem, but traffic congestion was. Were people actually out and about trying to get their last minute Christmas Shopping done? If we hadn't had to pick J up from Manchester there's no way we'd have even attempted to fire up the Ford on a day like today.

During all this Diezel was a star. He hardly made a squeak, but must have thought food was going out of fashion by the time we got back home after five, having missed three meals altogether (as had we). He's not quite sure what to make of the snow, so tomorrow I'm guessing there will be several games of chase the snowball!

Hail

Jun. 8th, 2009 02:31 am
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Hail, sleet and torrential rain today leading to a line of buckets under a drip in the guest bedroom ceiling. Unfortunately it was discovered by the guests sleeping under it at the time. (Sorry[profile] t_op  and mylek.)

Hail

Jun. 8th, 2009 02:31 am
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Hail, sleet and torrential rain today leading to a line of buckets under a drip in the guest bedroom ceiling. Unfortunately it was discovered by the guests sleeping under it at the time. (Sorry[profile] t_op  and mylek.)
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Musings on snow

More pics and waffle behind cut )And at the top of the lane even though it was still dropping in half-crowns it looked like this at about 1.10 p.m.



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Musings on snow

More pics and waffle behind cut )And at the top of the lane even though it was still dropping in half-crowns it looked like this at about 1.10 p.m.



Howling

Jan. 11th, 2009 12:10 pm
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That was some wind last night and it's not over yet. This morning the two wheelbarrows are across the yard and the big wooden palettes (remnant of building block deliveries before Christmas) had gone skittling in all directions.

Mum went out this morning and it nearly blew her off her feet.

Howling

Jan. 11th, 2009 12:10 pm
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That was some wind last night and it's not over yet. This morning the two wheelbarrows are across the yard and the big wooden palettes (remnant of building block deliveries before Christmas) had gone skittling in all directions.

Mum went out this morning and it nearly blew her off her feet.
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The last of it departed with this morning's thaw, but this was yesterday's sunset.



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The last of it departed with this morning's thaw, but this was yesterday's sunset.



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This is what it looks like outside my front door right now, well, 7.00 a.m. (It took me 40 mins to download all the pix and file them)
April Snow Front 1 2008

And in the back garden it's like this
Back Garden April 08 Snow

[personal profile] heleninwales wondered where spring had gone. At the time she asked we had it, but we've lost it again. Have you got it today?
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This is what it looks like outside my front door right now, well, 7.00 a.m. (It took me 40 mins to download all the pix and file them)
April Snow Front 1 2008

And in the back garden it's like this
Back Garden April 08 Snow

[personal profile] heleninwales wondered where spring had gone. At the time she asked we had it, but we've lost it again. Have you got it today?
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It is now officially spring. Pictures taken this morning in Birdsedge (the place) by Number One daughter and her partner. They were up and out as six-thirty a.m. with their camera. He's from South Africa so snow is still a bit of a novelty!
Garden WallHouse backView up the fields from the garden
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It is now officially spring. Pictures taken this morning in Birdsedge (the place) by Number One daughter and her partner. They were up and out as six-thirty a.m. with their camera. He's from South Africa so snow is still a bit of a novelty!
Garden WallHouse backView up the fields from the garden
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As I posted in response to [personal profile] mevennen's weather bulletin, up here on the Pennines it's calm, if wet and we're wondering what all the fuss is about down in the south.

Number One Son, however is stranded in Schipol airport on his way from Copenhagen to New York via Schipol and Heathrow. KLM have cancelled their flights into Heathrow because of bad weather; Virgin Atlantic, however, have not cancelled their flights out of Heathrow, so he's basically missed his connecting flight onward to Newark and it's going to cost him at least $200 to change his ticket.

I discovered a loophole in his travel insurance. He can only claim if he's delayed for more than six hours. If he misses his connection by five hours and fifty nine minutes he's not covered. As it turns out it's been a delay of more than 6 hours (and counting), but take note, folks, read your travel insurance policies carefully. You may think you're covered...

[profile] bluehairsue, in particular, take note. You're next up in the air, I think.

I'm just wondering how No.1 Son going on in Schipol since the last time he called me he'd maxed out on the credit card he had with him and had no cash...

We await the next installment in this exciting saga with keen interest.
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As I posted in response to [personal profile] mevennen's weather bulletin, up here on the Pennines it's calm, if wet and we're wondering what all the fuss is about down in the south.

Number One Son, however is stranded in Schipol airport on his way from Copenhagen to New York via Schipol and Heathrow. KLM have cancelled their flights into Heathrow because of bad weather; Virgin Atlantic, however, have not cancelled their flights out of Heathrow, so he's basically missed his connecting flight onward to Newark and it's going to cost him at least $200 to change his ticket.

I discovered a loophole in his travel insurance. He can only claim if he's delayed for more than six hours. If he misses his connection by five hours and fifty nine minutes he's not covered. As it turns out it's been a delay of more than 6 hours (and counting), but take note, folks, read your travel insurance policies carefully. You may think you're covered...

[profile] bluehairsue, in particular, take note. You're next up in the air, I think.

I'm just wondering how No.1 Son going on in Schipol since the last time he called me he'd maxed out on the credit card he had with him and had no cash...

We await the next installment in this exciting saga with keen interest.
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I'm impressed, [info]mevennen has been gardening. In January.

Here in Birdsedge (yes it's the place I live not just my LJ name) it is snowing. Heavy snow and winds are forecast for this weekend which means pull up the drawbridge and put the kettle on. It doesn't get too bad up here now, but it used to be interesting in winter when we first moved here in 1980.

Winters in recent years have been relatively mild, but we should always remmeber that we are a thousand feet above sea level. it can still get tricky. It's not just the cold or the snow or the wind, it's the combination that gives us most problems.

snow shovelling This is Birdsedge winter as it used to be. Number One Son is shovelling a path from the front door to the road.

Have the weather forecasters got it right this time? This morning we had thunder, hail and snow, leaving a thin white coating on the ground, which is sticking obstinately... A portent of things to come, maybe. I actually miss having occasional bouts of heavy snow. Of course, Best beloved and I both work from home so we don't have to dig out the car to get to work like some of our neighbours do.
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I'm impressed, [info]mevennen has been gardening. In January.

Here in Birdsedge (yes it's the place I live not just my LJ name) it is snowing. Heavy snow and winds are forecast for this weekend which means pull up the drawbridge and put the kettle on. It doesn't get too bad up here now, but it used to be interesting in winter when we first moved here in 1980.

Winters in recent years have been relatively mild, but we should always remmeber that we are a thousand feet above sea level. it can still get tricky. It's not just the cold or the snow or the wind, it's the combination that gives us most problems.

snow shovelling This is Birdsedge winter as it used to be. Number One Son is shovelling a path from the front door to the road.

Have the weather forecasters got it right this time? This morning we had thunder, hail and snow, leaving a thin white coating on the ground, which is sticking obstinately... A portent of things to come, maybe. I actually miss having occasional bouts of heavy snow. Of course, Best beloved and I both work from home so we don't have to dig out the car to get to work like some of our neighbours do.

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