I thought we'd have afternoon tea in the garden! (Shot today at 10.09am.)
I had a slightly eerie feeling, while ranting in my last post, that things would sneak back and bite me in the arse. (Or ass, if you hang out on the west side of the Atlantic.) And they have.
I woke up ludicrously early this morning, full of joyful anticipation of today's Press Event at the Royal Horticultural Society's Lawrence Hall, London. I had several rendez-vous (?vouses?) arranged and was expecting a jolly and informative day. Duly, I set off for the 24 mile drive to my nearest railway station noticing, in passing, that it was snowing hard, with a few inches already accumulated. 'This won't bother us up here,' I muttered to my wife, as I left. 'We're not wimps, like that lah-di-dah Home Counties lot. Anyway, it'll probably melt as it falls'
Nearly three hours later, after avoiding ambulances, jack-knifed lorries and little old ladies in Fiestas cruising at 10mph sideways, I managed to turn round and get home again. My car computer helfpfully informed me that I had averaged almost 11 miles per hour.
The main road resembled a scene from the Coen Bros classic film Fargo - yer actual Arctic white-out. There were even rumours of polar bears and I'm sure I spotted some twitchers looking for such rare vagrant species as snowy owls or ptarmigan.
Just when we need it most, our county council seems to have run out of grit/salt which is hardly surprising, since they've been spreading it almost nightly since October, whenever there's been the slightest whisper of a possible frost. Clearly, the geezer in charge of transport is not a Wise Virgin. Anyway, by the time I'd got home, the snow lay very deep, moderately crisp and surprisingly even. I'm glad to be home for bonus free day but sad to miss friends I hoped to bump into in London.
But the main reason for this interim post is to say 'Sorry!' To those at whom I scoffed, down south, I offer a heartfelt apology. You clearly aren't wimps - but I still can't understand why the Tube conked out and why schools stayed closed for two days running.
I really will post the story about the birchwoods - possibly even later today!! Meanwhile, keep warm!