Friday, 8 January 2010
We are still in the grip of icy cold here, the temperature fell to -12C last night which is very cold for us. The icicles are hanging down from our guttering along the front of the house and look very pretty although they are a constant reminder of how cold it is outside.
We have had no more snow but with such low temperatures I think the snow will be around for a while. Everything is very quiet mainly because most people cannot use their cars. A couple of neighbours with 4 wheel drive cars have been able to get out but the rest of us stay home or walk.
The main road through the village would be passable but of course many people cannot get through the smaller roads to reach it. It is a fairly busy road but this is a photograph of it yesterday, very few cars and the road given over to pedestrians rather than vehicles, much nicer.
I walked down to the village shop and it was packed with shoppers. Lots of people, unable to get to work were enjoying having time to stop and chat while they did their shopping. I hope that the small village stores which have lost out to supermarkets in recent years do well during this cold spell. Many villages no longer have a shop and so there is nowhere to buy groceries without using a car. It is a reminder that we must support our local shops all the time if we expect them to be there for us when we don't want or can't travel far from home.