Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Halloween Snow

Apparently it hasn't snowed in London in October for 70 years. Last night, snow fell and quickly turned to crunchy ice. This morning we scraped the car, poured hot water on the windscreen, and the children and I set off for my sister's house.

I don't know if it was because of the ice, but 2 trucks collided on the M40 this morning. One driver died and one truck shed its load of lard. The police closed the motorway, and all the surrounding roads were gridlocked. It took me almost 4 hours to drive the journey that usually takes 40 minutes.

As I was slowly making my way home alone, my sister phoned to tell me that all 5 of the cousins had been playing out in the snow, they'd had lunch, and our sons (aged 6 and 7) were having a lovely time, naked. "Naked snow ball fighting?" I asked. "No, just naked", she replied. "That's alright then", I thought.


  1. I am not far from London at the moment, and yes, we got a short sharp thunderstorm with huge hailstones that looked like snow yesterday.
    On the whole it is cold here but sunny.
    Strange weather patterns.
    The crash on the motorway sounded horrific.

  2. Was looking forward to some snow but it did not reach our part of London, sadly, though it was very cold today.

  3. "Poured hot water on the windscreen"??? Are you mad? That's the sure fire way to crack the whole berluddy thing, and then where would you be? Just how far north did you stomp off to?

  4. It's brass monkeys over here in Paris but no snow so far.

  5. Sad that one driver died, but was the other truck really carrying, um, lard? Because that's kind of funny. :)

  6. Tiffany, yes, lard. It covered an area the size of a football pitch and took 18 hours to clean up. Awful :-(