Snow Joke

We woke up this morning in Duns, planning to head north tonight but it didn’t look all that hopeful – four inches of snow, roads closed under a light dusting of jack-knifed lorries, Traffic Scotland crashing under the strain, doom and gloom all round. We resigned ourselves to an afternoon’s sledging instead until we realised that the small house at Duns was inexplicably sledge free and there were none to be had for love nor money anywhere else in the town. So, noticing that – worst travel conditions in Scotland since the history of ever notwithstanding – the roads were in fact clear, we decided to give it a go after all. We set off with some trepidation, a steady diet of traffic chaos on rolling repeat on the radio. A1 clear, Edinburgh ringroad clear, M8 clear, M9 clear and hardly any other cars to boot. I think we made it up in record time – there’s nothing like the BBC Terror Centre for keeping the worst of the traffic off the roads.

Sledging tomorrow, if we’re spared.

7 Responses to Snow Joke

  1. 2whls3spds says:

    I am assuming that sledging is equivalent to the North American sledding?

    If that is the case, trash can lids, cafeteria trays, wheel barrow tubs (sans handles and wheels), VW bug hoods (bonnets) and any other relatively smooth and slightly rounded object make excellent impromptu sleds.


  2. 2whls3spds says:

    Hmm just did a search on sledging…apparently it has multiple meanings, including not playing nice when enjoying a game of cricket. Are you playing cricket in the snow? 😀


  3. disgruntled says:

    Nope – just the normal sliding down the hill stuff. I like something I can steer, so the more improvised sledges are a bit scary

  4. 2whls3spds says:

    For and impromptu sledge that can be steered the wheel barrow bucket is the best bet, they steer quite well by leaning….unless you get going in reverse LOL


  5. On the day when the train got stuck in the Channel tunnel, we travelled to France and back. We were lucky to get an earlier train and therefore missed getting stuck.
    BUT there was snow on the way from Sussex to Kent, in France, on the way home – however, NO CHAOS as reported on BBC.

  6. disgruntled says:

    That was a lucky escape …

  7. Dom says:

    We were in the US for the “Blizzard of 2009″ (as the Weather channel were calling it). Only 6-12″ where we were (in less than 12 hours) but at 3am when we had to get up to go to the airport it looked very pretty and the roads where fairly clear. Get to the airport at 4:30am which wasn’t bad given the amount of snow on the roads and discover that flights going south (where they’d had 2 foot of snow in 1 day and were getting 2” per hour which is, apparently, more than an airport an reasonably cope with) were cancelled… oh, and so was ours due to there being a snowflake spotted within 100 miles of Heathrow. 1am the following morning we finally take of, land at 1pm UK time and only just miss getting stuck on the M25 London Orbital carpark due to a light dusting. This countries ability to deal with snow is laughable :S

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