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Snow? Its a learning curve...Got any good stories?

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GabbyLoggon Thu 02-Dec-10 12:49:07

My dad told me how they had 6 foot in 1947

And I remember a lot in 1981

kreecherlivesupstairs Thu 02-Dec-10 12:54:51

Apparently the year my mum was pregnant with me (1964) she went to visit my dads mum in Durham and ended up staying for nearly a month due to the snow.
We had some hairy snow encounters in Switzerland, although they are so much better at dealing with it. Snow ploughs are attatched to the front of farmers tractors and you'd never know there had been any fallen on the roads. I did fall into a hole up to my tits (and I am nearly 6 feet tall so it was a deep hole) when I went to collect DD from a ski lesson. This resulted in a cruciate ligament injury which required surgery.
The snow here is horrid and compounded by a lack of salt. I did remark to DH on Tuesday when it started that our local authority would be better employed sorting out the roads rather than faffing with a christmas tree. [misery]

HappySeven Thu 02-Dec-10 14:01:44

My mum talks about the snow in '63 (I think it was 63). My sister was just one and still in nappies and their water froze so Dad had to walk to a nearby farm to get water. They spent all day in the kitchen to keep warm and mum had a nightmare with my sister's nappies. It lasted 3 months. I hope it thaws a little quicker this time!

tethersjinglebellend Thu 02-Dec-10 14:07:14

Well, my grandma is 93 and says this is the worst she's seen since 1946 (Sheffield).

Do I win £5?

HappySeven Thu 02-Dec-10 14:09:28

I reckon you should get at least a tenner.

Mum was 22 in 1946 but doesn't mention it. Maybe she didn't have to wash nappies then. grin

LifeIsButtercream Thu 02-Dec-10 14:18:33

My lesson is Crocs + snow do not mix!

Crocs + socks + snow just equals soaking wet ice-encrusted socks and blue feet.

Am now searching for fluffy boots....

KatieScarlett2833 Thu 02-Dec-10 14:21:33

My poor neighbour is currently into a 4 hour stint trying to dig one of his cars out of the snow. Unfortunately he seems not to have noticed that the road he will have to drive on is under 2 feet of snow and unless he digs out 2 streets worth of snow, he is going nowhere.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 02-Dec-10 14:30:08

A friend of my mum's who is sadly dead now told me that she was a Land Girl and once the snow in rural Lincs was so deep it was nearly to the top of the telegraph poles. I'm assuming that was drifts rather than the actual depth but still sounds impressive.

domesticsluttery Thu 02-Dec-10 14:36:58

My mum was born in December 1946 and I remember my Grandma telling me that she was really cross because it was too cold to take her out in the pram for weeks and she wanted to show off her PFB!

I was nearly 4 when we had the bad snow in 1982. I can remember walking along the top of a drift that was taller than my dad (he was 6ft). At least we were on a farm and the milk tanker couldn't get in so we had lots and lots of milk, I'm suprised it didn't put me off porridge and rice pudding for life!

radiohelen Thu 02-Dec-10 17:04:14

I have a picture of my husband and his brother as boys standing with their dad next to the top of a telegraph pole near their house in Lincolnshire back in the 80s. Does this count?

sunshineriver Thu 02-Dec-10 19:10:30

@Katie, if you're anywhere near me, it's given hard frost tonight as so if you don't dig your car out before you go to bed, it'll be there for a fortnight!

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