Jan. 9th, 2010

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I was going to make a snowman today, but the snow's all kind of powdery and won't go into a ball and so I'm a bit stuck on how to get started.

Major fail!
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I've not long since got back from walking Dexter down at Widewell Woods, and I took a few photos because there's still quite a lot of snow around.  This is so unusual for Plymouth.  Not only do we not often get any snow to speak of, but when we do, it's pretty much always gone the same day, or the next day at a push.  I really cannot remember a time when we still had snow on the ground three days after it had fallen, especially when it's been bright sunny sunshine for the past two days.  Apparently some more is forecast for tomorrow and Monday but I'm looking out of the window to see clear blue skies and more sunny sunshine and I cannot imagine tomorrow being any different! 

Anyway, enough of the words.

Have some photos! )


Jan. 9th, 2010 03:32 pm
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I've just got back from Tesco at Roborough. Not my favourite place at the best of times, but today it's outdone itself.

They've not bothered to spread any grit anywhere in the car park, so it's still like a skating rink. The snow which is still lying on the ground is obscuring the white lines of the parking bays, and so obviously it's not clear where one ends and the next begins. So I'd expect a little bit of creative parking, but that's not enough for some people, and so they'd parked in the roadway instead of bothering to try doing it properly.

Also, pushing a shopping trolley through snow, slush and ice is Very Hard Work. I had to do this because I had to park a country mile away from the store and because I don't think any trolleys can have been collected in since about... Oh, Christmas?

And then I got inside. And that's when it really went wrong.

I think the only word I can use to describe it is "chaos". I've never seen so many people in a supermarket, not even at Christmas in the days before 24 hour shopping. There were no mushrooms, there wasn't a single loaf of bread or rolls, there were no strawberries, I got the last thing of eggs, all the tins were going... Then there was the bumping, the jostling, the presence of entire families on what appeared to be a day out... The only single yogurts they had were burst ones so I had to get a multipack. There were no whole chickens and only about two packs of beef mince, but I didn't need any of those so that wasn't so bad. No strawberries - did I say that already?

I had to buy wine. I needed something to look forward to while I was standing in the Shopping Queue of Doom, waiting to get through the checkout.

I thought I'd done that quite cleverly because there was one woman in front of me and she only had one of the shallow trolleys, and then there was a couple in front of her who were halfway through doing theirs. So that looked like a good bet, until I realised that the woman in front had the shallow trolley equivalent of the Tardis. I have no idea how she managed to pack so much stuff into so little space. Every time I thought she must have got the last bit, she reached in again and picked out something else - it was endless!

Anyway, finally I got through and I got out and I battled back through the snow and the slush and the ice to get to Squish, and then I came home.

All that hassle, because two days of "light snow" are forecast for Plymouth. What would these people do if Armageddon was on the way, I wonder? I tell you what, if the end of the world ever is nigh, I'm going to wake myself up and go to Tesco at 3.00am. It might be quieter in there then...


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