So last week we were hit by “The Beast from the East”. We got snow, and sub zero temperatures. It wasn’t so bad at first, we walked to school and back for 2 days because last time I drove in the snow I bumped the car, much to the delight of the kids in the back who laughed and shouted “Again, again!”. I couldn’t get up the hill to school so skidded into the kerb twice fortunately not hitting another road user or pedestrian. So now we walk in the snow, well me and Popples walk and I push Oliver in his major buggy.
On Thursday morning we got a text saying school was shut, the wind had picked up something fierce and the snow was icy in patches and we were upgraded to Amber weather warning. Beautiful to watch from the safety of the house.
Winds crept up to over 40 mph the hating was on permanently trying to combat the various drafts. Scotland was issued with the highest weather warning, there was a 16 car pile up on the motorway, on another motorway people were in their cars for 18 hours. I don’t remember weather like this.
Friday we got another text – another snow day! Kids were made up, we haven’t had snow deep enough to build a snowman in their lifetime, so me and Popples braved to wind and cold to build what my husband has called the most sinister snowman ever built. Now I don’t think he’s that bad, I think it’s quite a good effort. She was devastated when he started to melt “do something mummy!”
Oliver managed to keep his clothes on long enough to come out and play snowballs, he was chasing his sister around and laughing his head off. Lovely to see them playing, not so nice when he managed to hit me with a snowball while I was talking-straight in the mouth. They ended up dismantling the snowman for more ammunition.
Unlike other countries who do have severe weather regularly, the UK is never prepared for extreme weather be it hot or cold, we come to a standstill. I think the weather is our nations favourite topic of conversation. Some have been hit hard, counties have been cut off with people having to walk through 12 foot drifts to get supplies of water, food and fuel. And after this they’ll have the floods to deal with. The weather seems to be getting more extreme, I remember when I was a kid we had seasons, now we just seem to get wet, windy and cold. When we get 2 days of sun its a heatwave! Anyway the little ones enjoyed their bonus days off- “mummy is it snow day again today?” no sweetheart it’s back to rain “awwwww it’s not fair, I need a snow day”.