The big thaw

Well the forecast was for more snow but it was more of a no-show. There’s still plenty around and if anything the roads are more treacherous than yesterday. I did the most sedate wheelspin I’ve ever done and while wondering why everyone else was going so slow, my car decided to travel diagonally for a bit. I actually used a gear setting on my car for the first time ever. It’s an automatic and I put it in 2 – it won’t go higher than 2nd – perfect for the north face of K2 or indeed Fairlands Way on a frosty Tuesday morning.

Fairlands Way - a Sherpa's eye view

Fairlands Way - a Sherpa's eye view

My son is distraught, his school is open for anyone that wants to give it a go. He’ll be getting a lift as my wife is waiting in all day for a new fridge freezer after I stabbed the old one to death. Proper movie-white gas came steaming out of it after the carving knife inadvertently went through something it shouldn’t. A hairdryer is the way forward I’m told.

If you look closely, it's easy to see... the tracks of my tyres

If you look closely, it's easy to see... the tracks of my tyres

Back to parking. Swingate is waiting for me. Nearly had to get out of my car to put my pass against the machine because my electric window had been frozen shut. It finally snapped free and we were in! Lots of unmelted snow and a massive gap in the middle where cars are normally parked. Clearly there are some people working from home again today but because you can’t see the road markings, no one’s been prepared to make the first move and play ‘guess where the spots are’.

Swingate in the snow

Swingate in the snow

I’ve given the windows a pre-freeze anti-freeze spray. It’s an experiment that may backfire but we shall see tonight.

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