Busy morning, lazy afternoon!

As I was leaving the house to set off to my job I was greeted by two painters this morning. My friends had both turned up to do more painting. They could stay only for the morning because they have reached that point whereby the scaffolding needs to be removed before they can do anything at the front of the house. The rear and part of the side of the house that can be painted have been done. The difference is amazing! I was kept very busy at the one address I went to until one o’clock and when I returned home the guys had left. I was feeling a little tired and after some lunch I dozed off for about twenty minutes whilst watching the start of the game between Italy and Slovakia. The sleep was brought on by hard work, hot weather and my lunch! My afternoon was spent simply watching the rest of the game. E had gone out to do her weekly shop and didn’t return until five-thirty. I have been watering the rear lawn each night for about a week but it seems that will have to stop if we have the hose pipe ban that has been applied for by the water company. Perhaps we should be praying for rain. I wonder why in this country that we seem to short of water when it gets warm for too long without raining. Why can’t they build more reservoirs or construct more lakes? We get enough rain when it does rain!

Shirley Anne

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Turning out nice again.

Today we are expecting the weather to be a lot warmer than of late. However it will return to normal tomorrow. Where I live it might reach 8 degC. The historical norm for this time of year is 6 degC. Tomorrow it is forecast 4 degC and is expected to stay that cold for the next week. As it happens I shall be working outside this morning so a warm dry and not so windy day is a bonus. I wouldn’t be doing the job if it was raining too hard or if it was too windy. Make the most of it I say. The weekend is coming and I might plan a trip somewhere. One thing about severe weather is that it keeps us indoors so it is nice to be able to get out more as the days improve. Although it has snowed here it hasn’t been as bad as elsewhere in the country, it usually never is. The snow has gone and hopefully won’t return this season. We’ll see.

Shirley Anne

The green, green grass.

No, it isn’t an introduction to a song. Lately we have had a few snow showers and for a couple of days it has remained frozen but yesterday this began to change. We expected some snow and we got it but it was more like sleet. The low temperature of 1 deg C prevented it from ‘sticking’ as we say. This morning I looked out of the kitchen window which overlooks the rear garden and all I saw was grass, lovely green grass! elsewhere in my neighbours’ gardens snow blankets their grass. Most unusual. It’s as though we had underground heating installed, which we haven’t. I think it is more likely due to our garden being surrounded by eight feet high brick walls and the foliage of some evergreen trees and bushes. Perhaps it is more sheltered from the cold winds that we are experiencing. From today the promise is warmer weather and rain. Oh yes please. I prefer the green, green grass to snow.

Shirley Anne

Thawing?

Today, Sunday, it feels much warmer outside if you can count 3 deg.C as warm! Nevertheless the ice and snow has begun to thaw a little bit. By nightfall though it will be back to near zero until tomorrow. At least it isn’t snowing but I’m not sure it won’t. I don’t hate the snow but I hate the havoc it can cause, the disruption to our normal daily lives. I don’t complain though because, well, I could go and live elsewhere if it was that much of a problem.
I am feeling better now after a week of aches, pains and runny nose. The runny nose hasn’t quite finished with me yet though but at least I will be able to get about and do some work. I could get to like being off work…………nah…I’m only kidding. Today, Sunday it is also my eldest sister’s birthday she will be **years old……..Oh come on, I’m not about to tell you that! I haven’t seen my sisters for some years now and I do miss them. Maybe one day soon that will change. I hope so.

Shirley Anne

Lots of the white stuff.

This morning when I went to visit the little girl’s room at around 5am I glanced outside and saw that it was or had been raining. Everywhere was wet. I didn’t get up to dress until two hours later but by this time there was a dusting of snow. Today being waste collection day I went to place the bin outside (paper/metal/glass container) and to my horror the snow was coming down quite thickly. Unperturbed I went inside and had breakfast, I was to meet with someone 12 miles away to discuss and advise on some electrical work. I was being paid basically for the advise (the house needs rewiring, something I no longer undertake). By the time I got there the snow was quite deep but this town is further inland and higher above sea level so that was expected. It wasn’t too bad where I live. The return journey however was different and by the time I’d got back home the snow was fairly deep there too. I don’t expect it to stay long but we have been forecast more of the white stuff. At least the temperature is a couple of degrees above freezing not a few degrees below freezing as it is elsewhere, especially inland! About an hour after I’d arrived back home I received a call from a guy wanting work doing. He lives literally around the corner from where I’d just been! I really wish people would call me in the evening or early in the morning, I could then most probably accomodate them. I had to tell him that I have decided to stay indoors until conditions improve. No problem with that and he will call again. Evidentally the work isn’t urgent. The poor conditions make it a good excuse for a rest…..LOL. That also means I can unashamedly have a few drinks without having to worry if I’m over the limit. To that end I will be drinking a toast to Nicky who today has undergone GR surgery.

Shirley Anne

Trapped.

I have just been catching up on the news and saw an article about New Year revellers being trapped in a pub and not being able to return home on New Year’s Day. The pub in question, The Tan Inn is situated in the Yorkshire dales 1700 feet above sea level. The whole area is covered in snow and overnight on New Year’s Eve more snow fell leaving 7 foot drifts. The revellers were forced to stop there for three days and staff were able to provide some accommodation and meals too. The only rule was the bar remained closed until 5pm. Of all the places one could find themselves trapped I can think of few better than a pub!

Shirley Anne

Absolute disgrace!

This morning I had a small job to do in a pub 12 miles away. It wasn’t an urgent job so it didn’t matter too much if I went another day. However I had arranged to go this morning. I set off in good time but it took me at least a half hour to drive about a mile and a half! The roads were covered with ice and traffic was simply crawling along. The local authority had not been out to spread grit, not even on the main highways. That is an absolute disgrace and inexcusable. Not knowing whether the adjacent authority of West Lancashire had been out with the grit spreading vehicles I abandoned the idea of driving the extra 11 miles to my destination and returned home through the town. The roads there faired a little better but only due to the heavy traffic which had ‘warmed’ the roads a bit. The roads had not been treated even here! When I finally got home I telephoned the pub manager and apologised but he was understanding and agreed with me that the authorities had let us all down. I will try again in a day or so. This afternoon I have a job in the town and as the main roads there are better there should be no problem, maybe………

Shirley Anne

It’s back!

Got up this morning at 5 (toilet) and looked outside. Dry. Went back to bed and got up again at 6 (to stay up). Looked outside and everywhere was covered in snow! Although it isn’t snowing now the forecast isn’t good and we have been promised more snow on the way. Well thank you, I’d rather not have it…LOL. Soon be Spring………

Shirley Anne

In for a change?

I was awakened by a telephone call this morning at 9.30. I had been quite tired last night and welcomed the extra lie in bed. It was a call to do some work, just a small job and worth the journey of 8 miles. Before I left my bedroom another call came in which sounded a little more involved and I arranged to call after the first job. This was a bit farther afield and as it turned out was involved but worth going to do. When I left home it was dry and cold and remained so even when I got to the second job about 14 miles away. On the way home, via a different route, I noticed that snow had been falling there, not a great amount but everywhere got progressively white as I drove along. Eventually I had to make a left turn and make the 4 mile journey over open country towards home. This road was covered in snow and slush and the fields were all white. As I got into town it was just the same. My driveway was covered in half an inch of snow. It has been very unusual for us on the coast to have much in the way of snow over the last few years and any we have had has not stayed very long. The forecast for tomorrow is a more severe covering of the white stuff. Maybe we are in for a change. I hope not but time will tell. Much as I like snow on picture postcards, it is a pain to travel through it! It is at times like this that I wonder about global warming, especially as it is getting colder here….LOL. I have to drive tomorrow and I’m hoping the weather won’t be too bad.

Shirley Anne

’twas on a frosty morning……

The title of an old English song rings true this morning. The first day of December has brought a widespread frost over the whole country. I had occasion to take out the garbage bin for collection today and looked with dismay at the countless needles and cones which lay strewn across our front driveways. There were ordinary leaves there too. It was only a week or so since I last cleared up the drive but with last week’s windy weather and it being Autumn many more needles, cones and leaves had dropped from the trees. It is cold this morning and any surface water has turned to ice. However the driveway needed clearing so I found the yard brush and swept it all into a heap ready to be binned later. We have a natural waste collection every two weeks but today they collect recyclable waste, metal cans, bottles and paper. I didn’t notice or rather feel the cold as I was exercising! When I got back inside though I realised how cold I really was! Does this mean Winter has decided to come early or is it just an isolated icy day? We’ll see.

Shirley Anne