Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Lovely weather for shovelling together


This is the road I drive down every day to take the boys to preschool. Or used to. The neighbours had warned us that it would be closed in the winter, but I hadn't realised quite how closed. On Sunday, it became a ski and sledging run for the local kids and looks set to stay that way.
Over a foot of snow fell on Saturday night (and even more further out on Long Island) during the great East Coast blizzard. Sunday morning was spent shovelling. You get to know a lot about your neighbours after a snowstorm. The mega-organised ones had huge, expensive snowblowing machines and had cleared their drives by 11am (one guy had done that and even built a huge, very professional-looking snowman. He stood there surveying everyone else as they struggled with crappy shovels later in the day). Most people drifted out of the house around 10 looking bewildered and started shovelling with an assortment of implements. Every household is reponsible for clearing their own bit of sidewalk, and some people still haven't bothered - I think that says something....
Our landlady had promised that someone would help us with the driveway, but they had come in the early hours of the morning before the snow stopped. Not knowing if they would return, The Doctor and I donned our ski clothes and went out with shovels. He managed most of the driveway by 2pm, while I helped to clear the snow off the cars and entertain the Littleboys with snowman-building. Naturally, the snow removal people returned just as we had finished....
We managed to dig enough of a channel to actually leave our house, and amazingly, my sister arrived yesterday with no problems or delays, despite snow at either end (she lives in Essex, which has been badly hit by the UK snow) At one point it looked as if the weather really was conspiring against us, so there is relief all round.
Let Christmas begin! And a very merry one to all of you.....

10 comments:

Mud in the City said...

And Merry Christmas from a rather slushy, if not snowy, London!

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Keep on shovelling. It gets worse the longer it gets... experience talking here. I've got blisters on my hands from our crappy shovel (how jealous of a snow blasting machine am I?)

How are you doing getting the boys ready to go outside?

Have a great Christmas from a rather snowy Switzerland. x

Iota said...

So how will you get them to school? Ack, worry about that in the New Year.

Have a very happy Christmas.

Mom/Mum said...

Oh how you've gotta love a snow shovel eh? I too have neighbour with an enormous snow blower, but I actually gawp ather, considering she's elderly and I worry the machine will take her out at any moment!
Happy Christmas! x

Dumdad said...

Joyeux Noël from Paris where the snow has mostly thawed so it doesn't look like a white Christmas for us.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Happy Christmas, NVG, to you and yours. All the best for 2010! Your snow makes us look like amateurs........!

All the best. Hadriana xx

Metropolitan Mum said...

How I long to be there. Now!! Drinking mulled wine is just no fin with temperatures above 0 degrees C.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Vinogirl said...

Happy Boxing Day!

leo said...

I missed the snow and the shoveling! It was a bonding time of my family after the Christmas breakfast. We go outside and play and shovel the snow.
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Expat mum said...

Don't you love the snowblower owners who don't share? Our neighbour does the whole block. He does it at 6am and I could strangle him but I can't really say anything.