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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:30 pm 
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How are you guys surviving the cold and ice?
I know you don't exactly have the snow-clearing equipment, and the TV reports look like it's pretty tough sledding.

Wear treads!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:36 pm 
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Hee hee...I have good friends who moved there, and they are LOVING it! They're having a BBQ tonight (typical Canadians) and the locals think they've lost it...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:48 pm 
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Williamsmummy? Storm?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:14 pm 
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Location: Ontario, Canada / Cambridge, UK
I was in Portugal for 3 weeks during the cold and snow spell. I thought it would be much worse than it was when I returned. My flight back was cancelled because of conditions at Heathrow, so I expected the worst. Got back home to a light dusting of snow. In fact, the snow on my land has all melted. Granted, it's colder than usual but as a Canadian, it's no big deal for me. :) I'm going to Scotland next week (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee) so I assume there will be much more snow and it will be colder.

The problem is that the UK just doesn't have the infrastructure to deal with the snow and ice. What's routine for Canada is a big deal in the UK. There was a lot of snow last February and I think the UK should have been better prepared this year. Running out of grit was a big issue! There were some school closures too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:26 am 
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Location: Ontario, Canada / Cambridge, UK
I took these photos this morning, about 3 hours ago. It's snowing right now but the snow is melting on the ground.

No snow in my backyard... good day for a barbecue! :D

http://tinypic.com/r/35ku6gh/6

http://tinypic.com/r/2vt4m5u/6

Oh wait, there's a patch! :rofl

http://tinypic.com/r/2z89qus/6

And some snow in the driveway! :D

http://tinypic.com/r/jzd4bp/6

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:05 am 
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:freak
Remember when Toronto called in the army? :frightened
What would the UK have done with that?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:45 am 
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Thanks for the photos Storm. I just spilled my coffee. :rofl

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:38 pm 
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Thanks! There is more snow in other parts of the UK but as you can see, I'm fine. It has been snowing all day but it's not staying on the ground.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:56 pm 
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we had quite a bit of snow, well for us in the south of england, london and home counties got a lot, and we are one of the counties outside london.

my kids had a few days off school, but went back to school last week, and were allowed to wear own clothes , rather than school uniform. they were also allowed to wear coats outside school, and wellies rather than school shoes. which they loved.

we had all main roads cleared, with salt, but local roads were left, and as my car is a people carrier , with normal tyres, and the fact that i am not used to driving in snow at all, i didnt drive. on the plus side walking everywhere is good for after christmas wobbly bottoms!!


the last time is snowed this bad was 20 years ago, so its the most snow my kids have seen.

rain this weekend has got rid of it, but more might be coming later this week.


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