Mountains of snow….

On Wednesday they finally got the Silver Line (train) running again – it had not been running as they were worried about the 3rd rail being an issue with all the snow, and no-one wants to be sitting out there in a powerless train!  So, off to work I went on Wednesday but once I arrived at the station it was pretty apparent I wasn’t going to be walking far!

No side-walks visible but in the typical way of this car-centric society the road was nicely cleared; two lanes each way.  (That’s a commuter parking lot on the right, also nicely cleared)Where's the sidewalk?

I didn’t relish climbing those impressive snow-mountains at the “walk” signs – for starters my boots are only calf-high – and walking on the road goes against my survival instincts…  luckily I have a friend in the office who came & picked me up.  Should be easy to cross here.....

It sucked to be the manservant though –  he takes the bus – and this was one of his stops  – that’s the bus shelter on the left (behind the advertising) and the timetable post on the right.  The plows kept coming along just to make sure the wall of snow stayed in place…  Bus stop

Then to cap off a bad week there was a fire in our “local”  – apparently things got a bit hot in the kitchen:  Fire at the local

Glad we’re back to 40, 50 and 60 degree temperatures this week!

Blizzard over..

Well, that was fun…..
The alcohol lasted (how could it not really) but the chocolate almost ran out (which would’ve been really bad!)  We spent most of the blizzard on the couch in front of twin screens – the TV and the window:-

where we spent the blizzard

We had accumulation of more than 29 inches in our backyard..  and someone had to clear the steps.  The first step down into the yard was a bit of a shock!

Ooh - that's deep!

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clearing the steps - where to start

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.clearing the steps

We have a flat roof which can be a little concerning when it comes to having all that weight sitting up there. Snow is oozing over the edge of our roof and those of our neighbors

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The manservant did a superb job clearing the section of sidewalk in-front of our house (especially compared to our neighbors’ efforts)

footpath ours

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footpath

Our street has had a plow run through it a couple of times but it’s going to be a while before our car-owning neighbors will get their cars out!

plowed!

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cars hidden

It made for some pretty images

streetlight snow

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Icicles 2

…. And some amusing ones:

Scoop the poop

What is this stuff?  Gingermutt, the alley cat, found a sunny perch yesterday.

gingermutt

This morning he’s enjoying the sun  – while sitting in a patch of icy snow! (he’s probably judging my effort on clearing those steps!)

Gingermutt in ice