03 February, 2009

England Blizzard - Failed Commute

Well, we thought we would give it a *try*, despite getting up and seeing that there had been even more snow overnight -
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- we swept Poppy the Beetle off with a broom, followed by the scrapers, as much of it had indeed turned to ice -
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- and then made our way *extremely* carefully (no gritting *again*) to the main road, where we found evidence of what the kids had been up to yesterday-
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- got caught in the enormous traffic jam up the hill, absolutely crept up, almost stationary the whole way -
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- finally reaching the sign for the station -
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- (it started to snow again on the way, well not so much snow as pelt down with ice pellets), spotting casualties, not sure if they were abandoned or just crashed, but this one was in the middle of what normally qualifies as pavement(and there must have been more ahead, judging by the speed of the traffic) -
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- crept along the un-gritted roads and pulled into a parking space at the station (there are normally zero) -
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- and slid our way down to the door, which looked like this -
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- not a good sign -
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- so we snuck in the back way, and the platform looked like it had been abandoned for some time - the sign sort of said it all -
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- not a long wait, just nothing...THIS STATION IS CLOSED - the radio had hinted it was the case, and all the websites one normally uses to check these things were down (again), but this just confirmed it...it wasn't going to happen today either...guess we are just too rural to be a priority...

Still, the ice has largely melted in the garden now, so hopefully the railway get it together for tomorrow morning...fingers crossed!

2 comments:

Ys said...

Aww bless you for trying. I love a good snow day ;)

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Thanks Ys! We did *try*, some of the guys that tried to make it in wasted 3 hours doing so, while I was hard at work, total folly...