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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful.....

...but the fire snow is so delightful! For the second time in as many weeks, I found myself straddling the road today. I'd managed to reverse off the drive and turn to face the entrance to the village but I *barely managed a few feet before I started slipping and sliding - the result of weeks of impacted snow turned to ice with a fresh dusting of powdery snow AND NO CHUFFING GRIT OR SALT, NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNCIL!!!!! After much reversing and futile attempts at going forwards, I ended up* pointing in the opposite direction, which being downhill, meant I could keep going and turn round in a cul-de-sac with the intention of giving myself a run at the hill leading to the main road. Huh. I went into the side road, round its little roundabout, came back onto the village road and.....(repeat from * to *).... stuck right across the road.

Fortunately Mr Lily hadn't left for work at that point so he was able to push me into a more convenient position, where I abandoned the car with an apologetic note in the window. My neighbour (the tree poisoner) then offered to tow me out of trouble with his 4 x 4. Well, you can't hold a grudge for ever. Unfortunately, today was the day I discovered that the tow pin would not attach to the chassis because some eejit in the factory had forgotten to fit a thread in the socket the pin is supposed to screw into. I phoned the dealers who sold me the car, they said they couldn't do anything until I brought it into them. How I laughed.

Anyway, silver linings and all that. I couldn't get into work without the car (no public transport where I live and I didn't fancy a five mile round trip walk in wellies to and from work) so I've had a lovely day, messing about at home and visiting a friend in the village. I even made a lemon chicken casserole from scratch! Here's some photos I took as I walked home from my friend's house......can you spot the snowy Cleveland Hills in the first picture? And yes, that is my blue car on the side of the road! I wish I'd thought to take a picture of the fox's footprints in the snow - they were all over the village!


rilera said...

We have the same problems here; icy and cold with more snow on the way tonight. Love your pictures by the way. Looks like a quaint little village.

I found out that some of my Yorkie ancestors were from Guisborough. Is that anywhere near you?

Clippy Mat said...

in spite of the fact that I live in Canada where wintery white snow is the norm right now, I still appreciate its beauty. It looks like you live in a lovely place.

Lily said...

Hi Rilera - yes Guisborough is near me, about half an hour away in the car. It has a great market on Thursdays and a beautiful old ruined priory. I'll find some pictures and post them.
Hello Clippy - you must be more organised in Canada for this sort of weather, how do you manage to keep the traffic flowing?

RNSANE said...

Looks like a lot of people will be staying home from work but it's better to be safe than sorry. You didn't make it far. So glad you weren't hurt!!

The snow always looks so beautiful but I am so glad I don't have to deal with it.

Emily said...

Where I grew up & live now (New England, New York) there used to be lots & lots of snow. When I was a kid, chains were the answer. Now there are good snow tires, and front-wheel drive cars! Plus, if you have a stick shift, you can often start slowly in 2nd gear & get out of places. Looking at the picture of your blue car, I find myself thinking: chains.

But you earned yourself a lovely day off, with all that beauty around. So I hesitate to urge a solution! Getting stuck seems to have its values.

dmarks said...

We get grit, salt, and salty grit, and gritty salt, and vast fenderbergs all over the roads. 4 or 5 months a year.

Lily said...

what's a fenderberg? Sounds like a giant ice bumper.