Doomed

Apologies for lateness. I have been helping offspring to fill out job applications and I forget how long that takes. (If you do it properly FOW1!) It looks like Spring is having a little think about possibly popping its head out but my advice to that daffodil is not to bother for a while because it is freezing here.

As I may have mentioned, we live by the sea. This is not your sweet little cove by a Cornish rock face but a city by the ocean. Still, if you stand on tippytoes in the bedroom window and if the flats weren’t in the way, you could see the sea, it is so close. This is not to say that I am a particularly seafaring kind of person. I am not at my best in a boat. I usually take some convincing. During the first boat trip I took when we moved here, the engine caught fire and they had to send another boat out to rescue us. According to the gnarled old fisherman, straight out of central casting, this was a once in a lifetime event. We then had to walk a plank – I’ll say that again, walk a plank to get to safety. My family still talk about it now; when they feel like howling with laughter. Anyway, I digress.

Our proximity to the sea means that we see very little snow. I’m not saying it doesn’t get cold – trust me – it can get very very cold and the gales can pin you against walls but the sea winds seem to keep the snow at bay. But…we have had a warning. Snow is possible! Snow is possible!

This has caused wall to wall excitement and the old people we serve in work have spoken of little else. It is not spoken of with unalloyed joy though because we are not used to it. So a low level British panic has set in – a bit – but we are ready. Heat has been set, salt has been bought, daughters have been locked up. Should the deed happen for more than fifteen minutes, people will run into the street shouting “It’s laying! It’s laying!” and the buses will stop running. (This is not an exaggeration) I am from the North of England and snigger behind my hand at a lot of this.

Aged Parent has been instructed NOT to turn her heaters off at the plug as she is prone to do. This is not for money saving but she has a morbid fear of anything being plugged in for any amount of time. Then she will inform me -“It’s very cold in here”.

“Did you switch your heaters off?”

“Yes! They were boiling hot!”

So we are watching the skies, like we are in a Spielberg movie and all normal life is just edged with that extra tinge of excitement. I will keep you informed. If we are spared. Roll on April.

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  1. Bensys Mum
    February 6, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Ah
    , a great way to start the day NM!! As always you bring a smile to my face when I am actually not really awake. But I did look out behind my curtains to see if a white silent world had crept in the early hours. ( really knowing that the chances of that are as likely as my cat refusing food!)
    We will watch this space!

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Still watching here and nothing! Scooters unaffected!:-)

  2. February 6, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Snow came and went here, very pretty but nothing to get excited about. Sadly.

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 7:49 pm

      So far about seven flakes

  3. February 6, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    We had snow in West Sussex!
    Really?
    About fifteen minutes of flakes as fine as castor sugar being driven horizontally along the street by a light breeze….
    Move along now, nothing to see here. Almost a figment of imagination.

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      February 6, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      Blinked and missed it here

  4. February 7, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    We don’t get snow in Dorset. But my OH went outside to do some woodworking, and the pale sawdust all over the patio looks like snow in the twilight. That’s the nearest we get…

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      February 7, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      I’ll be honest, I would be fine with that. I think being cold and slipping over is overrated. Think I am getting old.

  5. Kate brown
    February 9, 2018 / 10:51 am

    As another Yorkshire woman settled in the same city in the south west, this just makes me smile. I’ll never forget my first time plymouth ground to a halt because of snow – all half centimetre of it! I was sent home from work, laughing!

    • lesleyps91
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      I have been outside squinting into the sky this week while people grabbed my arm and pointed to the sky. Couldn’t see a thing 🙂

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