Bullet Dodged

Hmmm. All the conversations we’ve had since we got back locally have followed the same form. Once we have wished each other a happy new year, compared Christmas celebrations and so on, the discussion turns to the weather we missed while we were in Colorado. It’s been beautiful, sure, but it’s been absolutely bloody freezing. The lowest temperature recorded has been variously described as -12, -15 and -18°C, and if the huge chunks of ice which are still hanging about on the edge of the rivers are anything to go by those may be underestimates. Then there are the disasters, so far totalling three sets of frozen pipes (including one frozen toilet, complete with evidence of its last use entombed ice-age mammoth style in the bowl), one crashed van and three dead chickens (to put this into persepctive, we’ve only seen four people since we got back). And us? Well everything in the house has been fine, and seeing as we’ve been living for the last three years in the third coldest house in Christendom (the first and second being my parents’ last two residences) I find this a bit baffling. Add in our miraculous journeys to and from the States, dodging Snowmaggeddons at every turn and it’s beginning to look as if the Weather Gods’ vendetta against me is finally easing off, don’t you think?

In which case, now would probably be an excellent time to go up onto the roof and remove that New Year Banner before the wind gets any worse…

Back in a tick.

12 Responses to Bullet Dodged

  1. tlatet says:


  2. Dom says:

    Easing off, or lulling into a false sense of security? 🙂

  3. Was that it? The Archers we mean; over hyped we thinks!
    Gained one lost one… so?

  4. Kim says:

    Dodged which bullet? The weather warnings map has started turning orange again (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/dg/dg_forecast_warnings.html)… This winter could easily go on until May… :evil crackling:

  5. disgruntled says:

    Dom – yeah, see Kim’s comment, looks like I may have spoken too soon (although I have learned to take the Met office’s weather warnings with a bit of a pinch of salt, she says rashly)
    UHDD – I know, and I’d swap most of them (especially Helen) to have Nigel back, Ambridge needed at least one genuinely nice person…

  6. WOL says:

    You are leading a charmed life! Now might be a good time to make a small offering to the weather gods — and/or the lares and pinates — wonder which one is in charge of the plumbing? a lar or pinate? Sounds like your neighbors need to insulate some plumbing pipes. . . .

  7. Kim says:

    How did you do that?!? Last night the weather warning were building up, we were getting ready to batten down the hatches, but this morning it is all back to green! Amazing!!

    Agree about Helen, why did the whinny one survive? Maybe we should give it six months and Nigel will walk out of the shower 😉

  8. disgruntled says:

    WOL – you may be right, do you think they like parsnips?
    Kim – apparently last night we had heavy snow but if so it was all gone this morning. No eclipse though …

  9. emma c says:

    Dang, I missed the eclipse and the Archers! I must get out/stay in more.. (thank heavens for the onmibus on Sundays..)

  10. Kim says:

    No eclipse? The sun was clearly eclipsed this morning, by cloud 😦

  11. disgruntled says:

    emma – that’s what Twitter is for, can’t forget anything like that (I knew there was a reason for twitter)
    Kim – I can see one of those sort of eclipses every week here. There was a bit of a strange eerie light at around 9 but I might have been making it up

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