We had a further 5-8cm of snow overnight, taking the depth of cover to 45cm. The drifts were much deeper thanks to the continuing strong winds, while the roads were treacherous with loose snow over ice. As a result, the Other Half was not surprised when an education workshop that she was to have attended in Aberdeen was cancelled due to the weather. But she was surprised when she phoned her school to find out what the position was and was told, “Oh, it’s just a normal day…”
I suppose that is an accurate statement in some ways. It is indeed just a normal winter’s day with decent snow cover, icy roads, deep drifts and strong winds. Whether that makes it a normal, “business as usual”, day is another matter. Anyway, with the Other Half expected at work I went out at 0715 to prep the Land Rover and dig a track out to the road. The snow had drifted to knee height behind the Land Rover then, to make matters worse, a tractor snow plough hurtled past and blocked the entrance with a couple more feet of snow topped by ice boulders.
I finally cleared all the snow from our entrance and off the Land Rover at 0836. I loaded the truck with an extra snow shovel, a bag of salt and various other bits and pieces, then sent the OH off to work. The tractor plough made driving a little easier but not by much. When the OH arrived at work at 0940, she phoned to let me know she’d made it. She said she’d been able to tuck in behind another tractor plough on the other side of the village, which was just as well. Conditions were so horrendous even our Land Rover on snow tyres was scrabbling for traction. Of course, she was very late but at least she got there in one piece. Yes, it was indeed just a normal day.