04 January 2008

What should have taken 10 minutes....

.... ended up taking 2 hours 45 minutes.

The journey from my house to Banbridge (aka work) usually takes about 10 minutes, but yesterday took 2 hours and 45 minutes. All because of the snow!!!!!!

Earlier in he day i had been quite light and Stewie had enjoyed playing in it for the first time on his walk:

After that i went and did some work while Stewie followed me round the church, then I dropped something into someone, the popped into Tesco. At which point the snow was starting to come down again. I was in and out of Tesco in about 5 minutes but it was enough time for the snow to go crazy and leave a good thick layer as seen on my wing mirror from the safety of my car:

I drove out onto the main road but as soon as I got onto it I was faced with traffic crawling. I was on that road for about half an hour crawling the length of a car every 2 or 3 minutes. I gradually got onto the next road and the next road was when it really got bad.

Shortly after getting onto that road there is a bit of a hill and this was causing the slow traffic, cars were having trouble getting up it, and even getting down it. Eventually everything came to a stand still at about 1 hour 15 minutes into my journey home. I got out of the car with Stewie and waited for a bit watching a lorry trying to get up.

After 1 hour 45 minutes a police man came and told everyone to either park their car at the side of the road or to turn and go another way. I needed to get up that road to leave something into my boss before heading out home on that road. So I called someone from church who lived up the hill a little bit asking if they could give me a lift home from their house and I would ditch the car there. They agreed, so Stewie and I headed off trekking, well I was trekking through the snow but Stewie was skipping and jumping and skidding through the snow. We arrived at my friend's house and we drove the final 4 and a half miles through the snow at about 10 mph. I eventually got home at 8.45pm and was never more glad to be home. Stewie had fun investigating his garden while I started getting dinner ready.

Then Rob left work at 10pm, I had suggested the idea of him staying with someone in Belfast for the night seeing as the roads were so bad, but he wanted to come home. His journey home usually takes 35/40mins, last night it took 3 hours 15 mins.

As much as I love the snow, it really frustrated me yesterday. It was still sitting this morning and from inside the house looking out was rather nice. Even Stewie had fun looking out the window at it all.

Meanwhile my car is still sitting down in Banbridge. The rain is starting to get rid of some of the snow so Rob might take me down shortly to get it. Just hope the rain isn't freezing.

1 comment:

Alan in Belfast said...

Tell Rob he's always welcome in our spare room ... we can even throw in free wireless! And it's only ten minutes from his work - maybe slightly more this morning ...