Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why we ain't goin' nowhere

The little figure on the right is my Glam.Ass. - all 6' 2" of him in his wellied feet. He's standing in the lane under some of the mighty drifts which are once again proving impenetrable. The road is mostly blocked at our end of the Long Mountain. We can't get out and only those with the inclination and a big tractor can get in. Struggle through the drifts, slither over packed snow, skate on ice and with luck arrive unscathed on lower ground where normal service has been resumed. Or so I am told. Rumours of passable roads in a temperate valley may be exaggerated, be mere travellers' tales. I have not been out for days. Properly out that is; the thrice daily trudge to the poultry, cocooned in multi-layered clothes like a Russian peasant doesn't count.

Frankly the novelty is wearing a bit thin.

Apologies for the poor picture quality - white on white and poor light levels needed more tweaked settings than my frozen fingers could muster.

17 comments:

snailbeachshepherdess said...

you stay there - there's more falling now as I type!!!
Hate to tell you but the roads in the valley are absolutely clear, gritted and salted! Very posh!!

Diary Farmer said...

If you are in need of any provisions could brought up when feed our Herefords at B T. Although roads are reasonably clear we still struggle to get water to the cattle and
Mrs D F's washing machine has no water to make it function. We go out to lunch and take our washing with us (to family that is)!!!!!!!

Pam said...

Good Lord that's a lot of snow!!!! I hope you can get out soon. X

rachel said...

I suppose you should be thankful that the Glam. Ass. is there with you, unlike that poor couple at Cape Wrath in the Scottish Highlands - the wife left home 2 days before Christmas to buy a turkey and was cut off from returning by heavy snow till after New Year.... Actually, for all I know, she's still not home!

~Kim~ said...

I continue to ejoy reading your blog and seeing your pictures--Right now they are reminding me of the 10 years my husband and I lived in Alaska--Quite a change to Virginia where I now live...Stay warm!!

Wipso said...

That is a really amazing photo. You wouldn't believe you live so close to us. We still have a covering in the garden and on our drive but as SBS says the roads are all clear down here now although more snow is promised tonight and maybe tomorrow. Stay warm and I look forward to seeing you when you can get out.
A x

Kari L√łnning said...

Whoaaaaa, that is a lot of snow! I understand how the novelty of being snowed in might wear off pretty quickly. I'm getting cabin fever here and it's only the beginning of January.

her at home said...

better the snow than the thaw that must come after.

patsy said...

Lovely writing and pictures as always Mountainear. And I thought our driveway was bad! Have you got your flippers and snorkel ready for the inevitable thaw?

Eliane said...

Can I admit that I'm a bit jealous of everyone in the UK? Not just because I love snow but because of all the winters I have to choose to be elsewhere, this is the one everyone will go on about for years to come, and how they got through and what happened and so on, and I'm just reading about it on the net. On the other hand, the barn we had last Xmas would be absolutely freezing right now, and we don't have the heating on much at all here, so I shouldn't complain.

Hang on in there. It'll pass soon enough I'm sure, and the pictures are gorgeous.

Twiglet said...

Just a little snow on our side of the hill but thankfully our little road is driveable, if a bit icy. You must have your own little micro-climate over there! Keep safe - the thaw must come and it does feel warmer today.

Friko said...

enough already!
I shall scream if I don't get out to civilisation soon. Of course, we can get into the village but the car still can't. The farmer says a tractor or a snow plough will take the top of our road, or leave the ice under the snow and endanger anybody coming or going.

Enough already!

ChrisH said...

I'm getting a tad fed up with being inside too.

Pondside said...

Wow - that snow is, frankly, Canadian in quantity! I hope you get some relief soon - your Glam Ass looks a bit tired of it all.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Ah!! you win .....you definitely have more snow than anyone else !
And I expect your Russian peasant gear , worn with customary flair and style , is much admired by chickens ....who may well shortly be asking for their own .

Fennie said...

Here in the south we have but a dusting, though I may revise that opinion tomorrow.

elizabethm said...

Me too, going quietly stir crazy here. Now I truly know the meaning of cabin fever. I had plotted to get out to visit younger son tomorrow but it looks as if we will have more snow tonight so may well be going nowhere.
Aaaargh.