Wednesday, January 16, 2013
So anyhoo … yesterday's site meeting was eighty miles away and I set off just as the first flurries of snow floated down. The weather forecast was for a light dusting. By the time I was two miles out of Norwich the blizzard hit and the snow just came down in one big flumph. Vans and lorries started sliding off the road and the we came to a standstill.
I got a hundred yards before I saw two lorries and a bus slewed all over the road ahead. No matter how well you drive on ice and snow, you're always at the mercy of people who don't. The radio reported sixty-three accidents in the local area; nobody was going anywhere for a while.
So there I sat. In the blizzard.
A couple of hours later the snow stopped as suddenly as it had started and the sun came out, which is when I got out my camera.
Earlier I'd walked to a nearby coffee bar and called the office to tell them to call the site and say I wasn't going to make it … only for the office to tell me that after I left (around the time I got stuck in the blizzard) the site had called to cancel the meeting.
So there I sat with my camera and my coffee for another hour or so before things gradually started to crawl again.
The sensible thing to do was to park up and walk back through the gridlocked traffic to the office, which gave me some more photo opportunities.
This morning, it's minus thirteen, foggy and white out there, and due to get a whole lot worse by the weekend. I was going to take the train in to Norwich but the radio tells me they've all been cancelled so it looks like I'll be sitting in traffic much of the day.
I wonder how many times on this blog I've said "roll on spring."