The Council doesn’t seem to have gritted last night, with the result that the roads are worse than they were during the last snow.  Everyone knew it was coming, apart, it seems, from the man who arranges the gritting.



This was the picture at 5.30 this morning. After a Saturday of snow flurries it finally started to settle overnight and was completely white by morning. We have four inches, which hardly qualifies as snow in some countries, but is big news in the UK, particularly in March. The TV weather report has just claimed six inches for Nottingham, so it may be worse in places.

What I really want is some warm Spring weather and a few flower pictures. There are plenty of flowers coming out, but it always seems to be a grey day when I have a chance for photography.

The outlook isn’t too bad, though I’m not sure how good it will be by the end of the day when I go to pick Julia up. The TV weather reports keep telling us where the snow will appear during the day, but is a bit short on information about when ours will melt.


Snow in Sherwood, Notts

I’m beginning to see mental pictures of Vladimir Putin as Ming the Merciless in the film Flash Gordon. As I recall, it starts with an outbreak of bad weather caused by and evil, bald mega-villain.

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Normally I use my own photos, but I’m short of galactic supervillains so I’ve sourced one on the internet. I’m hoping that by giving a link to the film they will forgive me for lifting the photo.

This is the “After” photo, taken in the light after I got home. Time to blog and eat breakfast now.



27 thoughts on “Snow!

  1. Lavinia Ross

    It is green here, Quercus. Some of the earlier flowering trees in the area are in bloom, the grass is green and the daffodils and crocus are still blooming. Your snow looks beautiful, though I bet you would be glad to get rid of it about now. 🙂

  2. Clare Pooley

    Lots of snow where you are – none here today and all yesterday’s blew away last night in the 60 mph winds. The temperature has been below freezing all day. Take care on the icy roads, Simon!

  3. Laurie Graves

    Beautiful, even though the roads can be very slick. We Mainers, especially the we seniors, pretty much stay home when there is four inches of snow. Ming the Merciless is perfect. We feel his presence here, too. Finally, in Maine, we call it sanding the road. Gritting, sanding. Same thing.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Sanding is also something we do with sandpaper, but context is everything. As for grits…that’s for the South, not the North. 😉 Not at all common in New England.

    1. jodierichelle

      I noticed that “gritting” too, Laurie. Never heard that term. We have a new-fangled thing (in the past 10 years, maybe?) where a tanker truck filled with brine sprays the road prior to the storm. In fact, at this point, that’s how I know if snow is expected because I see all the brine stains on the road. Lord knows what’s in the solution and what it is doing to the environment and our cars – but that’s how we do it around here.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Wow! Never heard of that. In Maine, we still have salt and sand. No brine.

  4. jfwknifton

    If you’re looking for super villains in your immediate area, try having some security lights installed or perhaps asking a local plumber who you’ve paid to install a shower two months ago to come and repair it, without a call-out charge being payable or without paying for all the parts he uses.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Our neighbours have enough (badly adjusted) security lighting to illuminate us. As for plumbers and their charges, even the thought makes me nervous, so my thoughts are with you. There is no craftsmanship these days, no guarantee and, it seems, no shame.


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