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Wed 6-Jan-10
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danast
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We haven't had as much snow as you, but it is the compacted snow which is now sheet ice that is the problem.  People are running out of heating oil.  Today a friend of mine tried to get oil but the tanker got stuck and then had to be towed out of a ditch by a tractor. ( at least I think they got it out, I haven't actually heard) These are the joys of single track roads.  I live in a wee cottage in the grounds of a big victorian house, so no gritters ever come near me.  Beautiful, but stuck!

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Wed 6-Jan-10
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I must addmit i did have a dish washer but we split up Wink no to be honest i have none but also got rid of the washing machine saves on space /water/elec. do mine in the bath after jade had one.

Wed 6-Jan-10
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I don't have a dishwasher but I wish I did.

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Wed 6-Jan-10
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I'm just outside Leeds and we've been snow covered on our road since before Xmas.  It had just thawed enough to see the tarmac at the weekend and then it snowed again.  Not bothered us.  Other half still getting to work on time, and I'm walking in to save him having to drop me off.  We have a Volvo, not a 4x4, but he learned to drive in the snow and I lived on the mainland for a couple of years and drove a Beetle, so I know about driving in proper winter.  We're both regularly amused by other drivers who clearly don't have a clue.

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Wed 6-Jan-10
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Hi, elrohana - not sure if anybody has already said "welcome to the forum" or if you kind of snuck in underneath the fence Cheers , but good on you for your contributions.

I have to ask: "I lived on the mainland for a couple of years and drove a Beetle"

Hey! Star  What mainland?

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Thu 7-Jan-10
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JoannaS said:

I have been watching the BBC news and it is quite amazing, I do remember some winters like that, the first year we owned our own home in Sheffield we had 12inches of snow on top of our wall and I also remember one year when it was regularly down to -7C and the reservoirs froze. I do laugh though when people say things like "why arent the council prepared for this", they could be and they could mothball the equipment in the mild winters but to mothball equipment for 20 years seems a bit extreme.


I agree Joanna, I bet those people complaining wouldn't want to pay the extra taxes to maintain mothballed equipment and train staff for 20 years on the off chance they might be snowed in for a couple of days.  Get over it, stay at home, build snowmen, go sledging! You don't get many opportunities to do that after all.

I do remember the winter of 1964 in Sheffield; frozen reservoirs and the beautiful ice sculptures of frozen fountains, sledging down hills, all the snowmen we made. For children, it was magical!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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It is just not cost effective for councils to have equipment ready for weather like this- let's face it, the British are champion complainers, whatever councils do they will complain. If they have snow equipment costing money not being used they complain if you don't have snow equipment when it does snow they complain..if winters like this become the norm it will be sensible to get tooled up to cope, but once in 20/30/40 years...no.....I'm with you on that Veronica- why anyone thinks a day in a school with most staff and children missing doing normal stuff is less educational than a day sledging and snowballing and just LOOKING-quite apart from playing with other children and their parents-is beyond me, especially as weather like this happens so relatively rarely. My 21 year old daughter hasn't seen snow like this since she was 18 months old, even then it wasn't like this winter, my 45 year old husband wasn't about for the 63 winter...so I'm the only one of us who knows a winter resembling this one. And as for the chaps on tv complaining about 'how much it is costing' having people not at work...Surely when people can safely get to work again they just do what they do when they have been ill/on holiday i.e. catch up. One cannot expect life to carry on as normal when it is -5 at mid-day and a foot of snow, compromises have to be made, sometimes that compromise is staying home, especially when last time you went to work in  snow like this ( the week before Christmas) it took you 5 hours to get home after abandoning your car and walking several miles in thick snow, as many people round here found themselves doing.

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Thu 7-Jan-10
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I think I want some huskys and a sled.  I walked to work today.  left at 0715 and got here 1030.  in some parts the snow was to the top of my knee.  I went sans crutches.  I think work should give me a medal for bravery!

(am I secretly desperate for a husky but dont tell anyone!  OK?  especially PB.  Dogs could have brought me to work and led on my feetunder my desk, hmm warm)Laugh

Thu 7-Jan-10
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LaughLaugh @ SOL!  I was a baby in the 1947 winter and my Mum told me that she had to get out ot the bedroom window to hang my nappies on the line.  That was in Wales though.

I'll try that again!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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The medal is more that I walked all the way with out my crutches, seeing as my leg is mangled still.  Waiting for surgery now.  Snow doesnt bother me, it is more the ice as my legs are like bambi right now, one is at a funny angle.  Wont say anymore as peeps at work say when I describe it, it makes them feel sick.

Thu 7-Jan-10
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SOL, have you posted anywhere here about why your legs are mangled and I missed it?

I'll try that again!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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dunno, are you sitting comfortably?  then I will begin.  For the squeamish, look away now.

did it in devon, my parents live on the side of a cliff.  Eddie the eagle would like their drive.  To set the scene, rain lashing down, sea fog.  I am dressed to impress as I am meeting my bro's new girl friend at my youngest nieces 21st birthday.  Mother has bought a new door mat to also impress said girlfriend, bought a plastic backed one… ok you all with me.

Step out of door, left foot hits the doormat, leg flies out in front of me, right leg is now above my head still in the house, knee is in a very peculiar angle/shape. Head butt the lovely panaramic fold back door to my parents lounge. 2 inch hole above left eye from head butting glass.  Left arm landed in a terracotta plant pot where the rose bush had been cut back to stumps, these somehow ended up between the 2 bones in my forearm.  Leg made a huge *pop* sound.  Kind of all "one minute I was up, the next I was on the floor".  PB says it is weird as I didnt make a peep of sound.  And only freaked out that my shoes were now ruined by the red sand stone dirt.  then realised I couldnt get up and had to have PB hold me down, Father pushed leg out of the house.  Huge marks on my leg where the UPVc door frame cut into me.  It now has the consistency of a plank of wood in that area of my leg with ridges. Apparently this is deep tissue damage and the stinging nettle burn is nerve damage.

Freaked out telling everyone I am ok.  Obviously I wasnt.  "you are all going to be late leave me behind".

Frozen peas on knee and leg.  Drove the 3 1/2 hours back to wiltshire.  Went to work, bit worried about leg.  Felt quite faint.  Couldnt walk.  colleague wheeled me on my chair too and from loo.

Time to go home, and then realised, that my toes hurt.  took a look at leg and foot with colleague.  Colleague was sick in the sink *class*.  Decided that maybe I needed an xray just to shut boss up, as she said I needed a letter to say I was ok to go to work.  went to casualty (I have a huge miss-trust of Dr's following GP's x 2 nearly poisoning my and treating me with medication that made me worse for 5 1/2 months from Feb to end of july 2009.  then paid £2k to see a private Dr in Devon, to sort me out and help me back to health)… (2009 was a bad year for me, are you getting the picture?), because I wasnt screaming I sat there for an hour.  PB washing his hand constantly in hand sanitizer.  Saw the triage nurse.  Who took one look at my leg and rushed me through to xray, where I wouldnt let them cut my trouser leg off.  I skill fully rolled it down but let the cut the sock off.

xrayed by the meanest witch of a radiologist on the planet.  Who kept shouting "you just moved",  my leg was twitching so much a man came in with a brace type thing that they tied to the bed thing.

My ligaments are ruptured and torn all around my knee.  the knee cap was misplaced by the cartilage that was/is protruding.  Found out on tuesday I am looking at key hole surgery and a long recovery.

I am still really swollen, my knee is nearly twice the size of the left leg.  and the nerve damage thing is a bit weird as it feels like someone is hitting you with stinging nettles.  And my ankle still has black lines from the strain marks.

I hobble a bit like bambi as my leg feel like it is giving way…  Things can only get better cant they…

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Oh my goodness, what a dreadful thing to happen.  I wish you a full and speedy recovery.  I take it that the doormat has been sent to lanfill?

I'll try that again!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Thanks Toffeeapple, I am sure at somepoint it will be right.  I hope the offending mat is in hell actually.  I think it is more than likely in the shed. 

Did I say a bad word in my previous post or is my grammar so bad you edited it?  lol  that is why I could never home school anyone!!  lol  I didnt go to school to learn, I went so I could find out where my friends would be after school.  (before mobiles you see)

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Oh dear SOL, well here is to a much better 2010 Cheers.

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