Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Why is it when it snows in England the whole place grinds to a halt?
When I got up this morning there was a three inch covering of snow everywhere. I hate driving in snow but as it was forecast I thought the gritters would have been out and as soon as I got onto the main road from our little cul-de-sac it would be fine. How wrong was I?
I set off at my usual time of 7.30 a.m., the main road had not been gritted but at least the traffic was moving. My route to work (usually a 15 minute journey) ended at 7.40 a.m. when the traffic became gridlocked, mainly because of parked and abandoned cars. I (and others) was stuck going up a steep hill with nowhere to go because traffic was still coming down the hill with nowhere to go.
In desperation I phoned my son who lives not far from where I was stranded because I knew he was at home, and good lad that he is he came to my rescue. He marched to the top of the hill, managed to stop more traffic coming down, got the cars that were stuck on the downward journey to back up onto the main road and posted a sentry to stop more cars coming down. He then helped the traffic in front of me to get up the hill, there were quite a few women in front of me who were terrified of trying to get their cars up the hill and were almost crying - he drove their cars. He then came back for me and got me home, finally, at 10.00a.m.
He's my hero!!
Whilst stuck in the traffic I got a phone call to say the school where I work is shut because of the snow so I don't have to worry about not being able to get there. I'm making good use of my day off by wrapping my Christmas presents and catching up on blogging.
Hope you're not stranded anywhere!