Monday, 4 January 2010
As you can see from this shot of the dog charging purposefully home to her warm house, we in Bacteria Gardens live on a steepish hill. Many of us have been unable to move our cars for days now without sliding helplessly in unwanted directions, terrified of bumping into neighbours' parked cars.
There is a junction (also solidly iced-over) at the bottom of the hill, then this:
If you don't manage to come to a halt at the kerb across the junction, you can find yourself rolling/sliding sideways down this hill and possibly into the river if you don't hit a tree first - just like the wilder teenagers on toboggans, the difference being that they do it for laughs. At the corner of the estate is a tower block of apartments reserved for older people.
Today, for the first time, the council gritting wagon drove up and down twice, spreading salt and grit on the thick, lumpy, iced-up road surface. Let's see if it makes any difference at this late stage; continuing sub-zero temperatures and more snow are forecast all week.
Just wait till those local councillors come canvassing at election time! We have long memories round here.
Posted by rachel at 17:37