....... lots of sewing in this post, but after a rather eventful afternoon, the plan was changed! I had just finished lunch at patch'n'chat (our first of the New Year) when Malcolm phoned me to say it was snowing heavily. Jedburgh is only about ten miles from home, but although it was snowing a bit there, it wasn't enough to worry about. He then phoned back about ten minutes later to say that the snow was getting really heavy and was lying on the road, so perhaps I ought to come home. So I packed up my sewing and headed off. The nearer I got to Hawick, the worse it got, with probably an inch of snow lying on the road. Then I turned off the main road, up the steep hill towards home ........ and the car refused to go any further!! I phoned Malcolm, who immediately set off to walk down to rescue me. I will cut a very long story short, and just say that we ended up with Malcolm driving, while I pushed the car. When we crested the hill, Malcolm very sensibly kept on driving, while I trudged along in his wake. But I caught up with him when he turned into our road, which is even steeper ...... this photo is from several years ago
with a great deal more pushing by me, we eventually made it up the hill, and Malcolm again kept going, as he didn't want to get stuck again. When he got home, there was of course another obstacle - our drive is quite steep, so he kept going as far up it as he could, before making sure the car was safely parked and abandoning it. Some of my friends mock me for getting out of bed at 6.20 to exercise on the implements of torture - but finally all those early mornings paid off, when I was fit enough to push the car uphill for probably half a mile and walk another half mile ........ not bad for a pensioner!! In case you are wondering why Malcolm did the driving while I did the pushing, I just wasn't confident enough to drive in such deep snow.
Once I had dried off and warmed up, I went out into the garden for some photos. This ruler shows that 10cm ( 4 inches) of snow had fallen on the garden table in just over two hours
this is what the back garden looked like
and this is the front garden
but there were some fun photos too
and the snow did look pretty on this branch
according to the forecast, it is going to freeze overnight, so I don't think we will be going far tomorrow! Whatever your weather, I hope you have a good weekend, love Anne