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And more snow – worst for 50 years

According to the forecast, the Northeast of Britain was going to see less snow today while the South could be getting the worst. Well, the thing is – it’s never stopped snowing all night and it’s STILL going strong! Schools are pretty much all closing, the back garden here is easily a foot deep in pretty packed snow… I’ll put a heavy coat on later and take the camera for some Kodak Moments but for now, here’s a CCTV image, 7.40am, Wark on Tyne.  I’m afraid that car is staying put for ANOTHER day! Goodness knows how much all of this is costing the country… according to the Guardian this is the worst snow for 50 years. I certainly agree I’ve never seen anything quite like this (I’d be 6 at the time and you don’t take much notice of things like weather at 6!)

Snow in Wark 7.30am Jan 6 2010

Enjoying the Snow

Here in Northumberland, with just about the most snow and coldest temperatures I’ve seen this century, at least someone is having fun…. we get a few hours of glorious sunshine – then back to snowfall – with no sign of it slowing down. Meetings scrapped, people stopping at home… thank heavens for electricity!


Mother and son fighting in the snow

Eagerly awaiting birds for lunch

Still a kitten but Ollie instinctively knows when he sees a bird!

knee-deep in snow

No change of cutting the grass in the near future..

Part of the back garden covered in snow


Making the best of the Snow

Mid-afternoon January 1st 2010 – it just keeps getting better. As the snow continues to fall, the sun has come out at LAST and it’s like Winter Wonderland here in Wark!

If you look at my earlier blog you’ll note a family out in the fields behind our house. Well, SADLY they’ve gone – and I say that because now you can’t see the scale of this MASSIVE snowball – suffice it to say it looks to be at least 5ft diameter. I’m guessing they’ll come back and build a very large snowman at some point – note the blue sky behind – we’ve just gone from a completely white sky to a largely blue sky  – sadly it’s that time of day and the sun is now going down – I have high hopes for a sunny white weekend!

Field in Wark - January 1st 2010

What a DIFFERENCE a bit of sun makes!

Our garden - January 1st 2010

The view from my office

View from Scargill's office - mid-afternoon January 1st 2010

Looking up the street from our front garden – looks like a parking disaster area.

Street in Wark - Janaury 1st 2010

The start of a new decade – Global Warming – Right!

We start the new decade, supposedly in a phase of global warming, meanwhile here in the Northeast of England we see one of the coldest, whitest beginnings to a new year that I can remember.

Lest anyone in the future tell you that around 2000 or so the world started to warm up, take a look at this lot taken this morning in sunny Wark on Tyne!!  I have to say, it’s quite good fun and for once not too wet and slushy – but it’s a good job few people are in a rush to get to work today! One of our cars is stranded with friends and there is NO chance of digging it out!

Blizzards in Wark - January 2010Our back garden - January 1 2010

A snow fight in Wark - January 1st  2010

Willow Cottage - January 1st 2010

Berries in the snow

and of course, as the snow settles – families making the best of this great opportunity for fun – and why not!

Family out in the snowy fields in Wark