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The View This Morning



It is currently snowing like fury right now, and I have to drive 180 miles this evening to take Miss M to her dance school's northern branch for Oireachtas camp.  Fun.  :-P

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twisted_twister
Nov. 11th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is soooooo pretty!

I'd drive in the snow gladly because it is so beautiful I'd be in awe the whole way there and back (assuming that your roads are treated, unlike ours most of the time, and that in your country they actually heard about winter tires ("they don't bring them here," said yer man the last time I asked, "we don't need them with so little snow" - and then you get a winter like last year three years in a row and they are still surprised all over again)...
albalark
Nov. 11th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is pretty, but I am *never* ready for it when it first starts, especially if it happens when I have to go somewhere. :-P Funny, I would have thought that there would be enough snow in auld Erin to merit road clean-up, at least. Maybe you can buy snow tire over the web?
twisted_twister
Nov. 11th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Um, no; not enough snow except on the hill/mountain tops and passes. We did get quite a lot the last three years, but usually it's fairly mild and we get the ugly side of winter, ie. hail storms and heavy rains and very strong gusts of wind. Thing is, the last three years there was shortage in salt for the roads, so they put it only on main national roads. Being there you know exactly what's the majority of the roads are like. The main problem is black ice, and that we have in tons since forever, but the only thing they do is spread salt and fix the holes that appear the next morning, but not change road safety regulations about tires. Last year the shortage in salt was ridiculous because they actually did order enough, surprisingly, and in time even, but then there was a huge storm over the Mediteranian and the ships could not pass the salt on... I slipped on untreated ground by our house and had a suspected small wrist fructure. Got out of A&E in town (the third lasgest in the Isle) and slipped on untreated pavement just outside the hospital gates. Do I have to mention I fell on the other hand? Got out of there that day with two casts.... NOT FUNNY, I hear your giggling all the way here.... Anyway, yeah. So.

As for buying the tires someplace else, not sure it's even OK with the road regulations, but even if so, moneywise these tires should cost fortune and personally I never buy on the net. Don't trust them hackers.

Still, I adore snow. Coming from the desert it's a miracle to me, and one week of snowboarding a year is not enough to satisfy our emotional need and craving for the White Powder. I really hope it snows here this year, even if that means that most of our village will be with no running water for weeks.
lash_larue
Nov. 11th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Not much help for black ice except studded tires, and even then it's dicy. Snow tires really do help on snow, though.

You might be able to get tire chains, old fashioned but effective, and can be installed/removed with reasonable effort.

The wrist thing isn't funny at all, that would complicate every bit of life.
L
twisted_twister
Nov. 11th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info; I know about the chains, but I also know you have to practice that type of driving. Hopefully we won't need it.

The wrist: believe me, when I returned into A&E waving miserable the other hand, even the doc that had treated me with the first hand had to laugh. It was that absurd. But I appreciate your sympathy. Luckily they were just suspeced and not actual fructures in the end.
albalark
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Do I have to mention I fell on the other hand? Got out of there that day with two casts.... NOT FUNNY, I hear your giggling all the way here.... Oh you poor dear! You don't have to convince me that it's not funny. I did the same thing to my left thumb this past winter on my way out to the mailbox after an ice storm. The only reason I avoided a cast was because it was my non-dominant hand. I spent all of February in a brace that drove me up the wall.

No running water for two weeks? Just because of snow?? Yipes!!
twisted_twister
Nov. 15th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
No running water for two weeks? Just because of snow?? Well, technically, not because of snow (causality; can't be too careful with you scientists) but at the same time as the snow stayed on. We had a long period of freeze when we were below zero for a few good weeks, temps going under minus ten! (Farenheit? I think that's 14) and the same thing that enabled the snow to stay beautifully on evetything in a place where it usually melts after a few hours in the rare occurance that it even falls, is the thing that made water freeze in pipes not hidden well enough into the ground. The building here is not suitable for such weather, and so in most of the older houses, before insulation was getting you governmental green grants, there was no water in the pipes. Other places had the occasional frozen pipe, but not the mains (again, plumbing here just goes straight out off the walls to your septic tank) and other places were just unlucky that the pump of the well got stuck. We were extremely lucky and only on the day it was minus 17 (1.4F) our main started to clot and only few drops came out of the tap. We managed to rescue it by quick call to the plumber who came with a burner to defrost the pump. So, not the snow's fault, but the weather's.
kellychambliss
Nov. 11th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I hate snow. I don't care how beautiful it is.
albalark
Nov. 11th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
I don't hate it except when I have to go somewhere in it - if I can stay put, sip mulled cider or hot cocoa in front of the fire and gaze at it through the window, I'm fine. ::g::
queen_of_snapes
Nov. 11th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Boy, I love that view! Not so much for the snow, but this is pretty! I'm not much of a snow person, but I appreciate its ability to bring English life to a standstill.
albalark
Nov. 11th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you - this is out the sliding glass doors at the back of our house. We're too used to snow here for it to bring us to a halt, but the city where I lived before we moved here would panic at the sight of a single flake, as if they'd never heard of winter before. :-P
ysilme
Nov. 11th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
(Gah, commenting is a pest right now...)

I am extremely impressed. It looks beautiful, but I suppose you would rather not have the looks and not have the snow, too... good luck for the drive, and take care! (And what a distance to have to drive to! *faints* ) What is she doing, Irish Set Dancing? (Judging by your tag)
albalark
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
(Gah, commenting is a pest right now...) I know what you mean - I couldn't get in at all most of yesterday. :-P

(And what a distance to have to drive to! *faints* ) Actually, it's better than her summer dance camp, which was 350 miles from our house! It was the driving conditions, rather than the drive itself which worried me. But we made it safe and sound.

Yes, Miss M is an Irish dancer and a very good one! Here's a video of her doing her hornpipe - she placed 1st in this competition. I am very proud of my girl, so you will find yourself hearing a lot about her - my flist is very indulgent. :-) She is competing in two weeks at the Midwestern Regional Championships, and this workshop we are at is preparation for that.

http://s1094.photobucket.com/albums/i443/AlbaLark/feis%20videos/?action=view¤t=IMG_0195.mp4

Edited at 2011-11-13 07:14 pm (UTC)
zofbadfaith
Nov. 11th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Snow! :)
And that's a pretty picture.

I've never seen snow that wasn't in movies, so... I hope it's as nice as it looks. And be careful with the driving <3
albalark
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I hope it's as nice as it looks. It is if I can spend the day admiring it through the window. ::g:: Driving it is no fun, however. But we got lucky. It stopped snowing before we had to leave and the pavement was warm enough still that none of it stuck to the roads. So I could admire it without having to worry - best kind of snow!
lash_larue
Nov. 11th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
That's really pretty, as my Dad used to say when it snowed - "I've seen it, it's pretty, now I'm ready for it to be gone." He managed a company that delivered home heating oil.

Since you have doubtless driven in snow vastly more than I have, I offer no advice nor counsel caution.

"Machete don't text."

"Ginny don't do snow."

<3
L
albalark
Nov. 13th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I can understand your dad's POV very well. ::g:: And I'm glad Ginny don't do snow - I'd hate to think of her sliding and denting her pretty fenders. :-)
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albalark
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! Pretty! Yes, as long as it stays off of the pavement! ::g:: And yes, it is earlier than normal, though it did this last year a week later. Last year was a miserable winter with record snowfalls, so I hope we are not in for a repeat. :-P
therealsnape
Nov. 11th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
That is early! And yes, it looks pretty from where I'm sitting. I can see how driving in it is less than fun. All the best!
albalark
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Of course it looks pretty from where you are - I'd think so too if I was a couple of thousand miles away from it! :-D Luckily it kept to the lawns and trees and stayed off of the road. I hope the stuuf they are predicting for Thursday does the same. :-P
perverse_idyll
Nov. 12th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
How extremely lovely, and how conducive to snuggling inside sipping hot drinks and reading fanfic. Or snuggling with one's nearest and dearest, admiring the view while reading aloud to each other. What does not spring to mind is the desire to bundle behind the wheel of a car and drive for hours. I hate driving at night anyway, and the thought of navigating through snow would leave me stark with fear. Stay safe, dear one, and don't wear yourself down to a frazzle. After all that effort, I do hope Miss M enjoys herself!
albalark
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hello, Sweetie! ::hugs:: I am sooooo with you on the 'snuggle by the fire and read' thing. Most of the time I don't mind driving (and under some circumstances, I actually enjoy it), but in snow or heavy rain are my least favorite times to drive. The good news is that Winter Happens around here, so most people behave themselves when it happens and don't drive in their normal vacant way.

Miss M did enjoy herself - and, I think (I sure hope so!) felt much more prepared for the competition afterward. There's practice pretty much every day between now and then, so I think she'll get to hang on to that momentum. As for me, well, I'll rest when this is over. ;-)
dickgloucester
Nov. 12th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
So pretty! But do take care driving!
albalark
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
It is pretty - as long as it stays on lawns and trees and doesn't stick to the pavement! ::g:: Fortunately, that's what happened so we got lucky. :-)
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